As someone who reads a lot about climate change, it can get downright depressing. If the science wasn’t bad enough, we have dysfunctional leaders. The vast majority of lawmakers can’t even agree to change the name of a post office let along pass legislation to address the climate crisis. Those of us doing climate work need each other to keep from growing weary and overwhelmed. And we need to regularly stir up hope along with visions of a better future.
A regular segment of the Climate Stew Podcast is a broadcast from the future, 150 years into the future. From the year 2165 Timothy Meadows, with an other worldly voice, shares That Day in Climate History. A historian, Meadows looks back to our time, to us–the Climate Generation–to consider the many things, big and small, we did to rise to the occasion and address global warming.
These segments are based on research and current work that people are doing along with imaginings of what various groups of people might well do. I consider faith communities, LGBTQ, mothers, teenagers, and even pet owners. I weave in humor and even add a little ad from the year 2165 so that you can find out what future generations are consuming.
Here are some samples of That Day in Climate History. Perhaps they will help you see that a hopeful future is within our grasp.
I love Marty Moss-Coane, the host of Radio Times on WHYY. Some years ago she had me on the show to talk about gay reparative therapy. Seeing her in action in the studio and how she was both informed about the topic and able to switch gears quickly, impressed me. Since then I have listened regularly to her program and continually learn about food, politics, culture, and race.
Marty just hosted an excellent episode that looks at Minorities, Climate Change, and the Environmental Movement. For the work we do here at Climate Stew this is essential listening. The guests she brought on the show spoke about the intersection of race and pollution and how a recent Supreme Court ruling over EPA regulations directly affects people of color in America. It is an important critique of the environmentalist movement, and the guests offer ideas of how to move forward. I urge you to listen to this episode of Radio Times.
Guests: Aaron Mair, Jacqui Patterson, and Adrianna Quintero
When you think of an environmentalist, what comes to mind? The image of a young, white person? Since the emergence of the environmental movement in the 1970s, green groups have been led almost exclusively by white men and women despite active participation by minority members and efforts to remedy this problem. In this hour of Radio Times, we take a look at racial and ethnic diversity in the environmental movement and the disproportionate impact that climate change has on minorities with AARON MAIR, the new president of the Sierra Club, JACQUI PATTERSON, the director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, and ADRIANNA QUINTERO, senior attorney and director of Latino Outreach for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
When I first began to ask the question What is a Queer Response to Climate Change? I got lots of blank stares and worried looks. Some of my friends may have thought I lost it. But these days people are actually asking me about possible queer responses to climate change. Recently I sat down with Tyler Sit, a leader at A Place to Start, a Twin Cities church that focuses on environmental justice. He asked me to explain myself. And so I did.