Moving beyond the technical nature of the climate conversation by advancing frames of “collective responsibility, agency, and interconnectedness” is critical for building support for action and environmental justice, and social and economic justice groups are doing just that.
The United States is widely recognized as a world leader in climate change research. US academic and government research scientists are responsible for much of the data documenting climate change, and for establishing the link between human activities and global warming.
Avoiding the most severe climate impacts requires keeping the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground and replacing coal, oil and natural gas with low-carbon energy sources. An energy transition not only protects communities from the threat of climate disruption, it opens the door to new jobs in the clean energy sector. While the economy and jobs consistently rank as higher priorities for most individuals than climate disruption, the issues are intimately linked.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is held each year in Vancouver from March 24th to April 17th, and starts with a concert at Burrard Station downtown in the park surrounded by cherry blossoms. In full bloom, the blossoms are so thick they block the sky from underneath the trees.
Climate Access is an initiative of The Resource Innovation Group's Social Capital Project. We are grateful to our founding partners, the Stonehouse Standing Circle and the Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society.