Climate scientists lead by example

In a new book, climate scientist and #flyingless supporter Peter Kalmus integrates lucid readable summaries of the key facts about climate change and charming personable engagement with the human dimensions of making radical lifestyle changes.

The book is titled Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution (New Society Publishers, 2017; also available from online booksellers).

Along with Joe Nevins and I, Peter was the third presenter in a session of the first nearly carbon neutral online conference organized by Ken Hiltner and colleagues at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2016.

Peter is both a scientist and a community builder. His web project, “Scientists Who Don’t Fly,” features personal accounts of climate scientists who wrestle in fascinating diverse ways with the lifestyle implications of their scientific work. Far from being a downer, the overall effect — like Peter’s book — is upbeat. Though people sometimes will try to tell us that change is “unrealistic,” these appealing personalities offer their own testimony that it not only is feasible in principle, but they have done it themselves and still are thriving.

Best of all, Peter’s website has a “join” link for you to submit your own testimonial.


2 thoughts on “Climate scientists lead by example

  1. Flying less is good, not having children is best. As the single daughter of a physicist I have been environmentally aware all my life and am horrified at having been made part of all this destruction.
    My husband and I fly very little but are also not facing any children who have no choice in the matter with what is coming our way: famines, wars, destruction of the last remnants of bio-diversity.
    The few organisations that make any sense on environmental issues are those who campaign on people having very small families if they must have one. Organisations such as Population Matters, HavingKids, Population Media and such like.


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