Category: Building Consensus

Environmental alignment: How much does what YOU do matter?

let’s argue that’s there is more to the story than putting the thumb on the government and corporations to change their ways while we all continue to fly and drive casually, discard plastic, and buy mountains of stuff. I’ll argue that we, too, to the best of our individual and collective ability, need to smarten up and take responsibility for this planet.


April 25, 2019 1
NASA climate change globe map

The elephant in the room is destroying the planet

Which brings me to the elephant in the room. The longer Trump, his handlers, sponsors, bosses, and various winged monkeys remain in power, the worse our planet’s situation becomes. I refer here to the urgency of climate change and the need to move away from fossil fuels, plus the related need to retain and rebuild critical resources including clean water, clean air, open land, and a not-completely-poisoned environment.


March 5, 2019 2

Longtime activists… why do they do it? How do they cope?

By Michelle van Schouwen What possesses anyone to become an activist for a progressive cause? And what induces anyone to stay with it for years or even a lifetime? “Putting it on the line” or devoting substantial time and energy for positive change may sound heroic and gratifying, but the experience of many long-term change-makers…
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October 29, 2018 1

Finding common interests in the quest to save the climate

By Michelle van Schouwen, Q5 Analytics Ideally, it would be incontrovertible that people from all walks of life would agree that climate change is real, that it is largely caused by human activity and that mitigating its acceleration would benefit humanity. But that’s not the way it is. Given the fact that people in power…
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February 20, 2018 1

The creative challenge in teaching climate change

By Jennifer Leonard “Yikes, so in other words, we are all going to die,” said one of the teen interns for our after-school science program. I had shared a map of the city of Boston that showed climate change scenarios for the city, with likely areas of coastal flooding, storm surge flooding, and highest-heat neighborhoods.…
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February 19, 2018 2