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A Gay Comic Comes Out for Climate Action

The Guardian newspaper has a section called Witness where users can sign in and respond to stories. They periodically have assignments for users to complete. This week they asked folks to write about 2014.

Share your story in 100 words or less and the most interesting contributions will be published in the Observer New Review and on the Guardian site. As the year draws to a close, we’d like to find out if 2014 has been a memorable year for you. Have you got a new love, new job, new family, new house? Had a breakthrough moment? What have you done differently in 2014 or changed your perspective about? Maybe you or a family member have been caught up in a news event, or the place you live is undergoing momentous change. Tell us about your year in 100 words or less.

So I made my contribution:
A Gay Comic Comes Out for Climate Action

I’ll admit it. I am not terribly concerned about the plight of a polar bear on a distant ice flow, but the possibility that because of climate change coffee is becoming an endangered species, well that is alarming. In 2014 I took nine months off from my usual touring schedule as a comic & gay Bible scholar to research climate change & strategies for talking about global warming without scaring the snot out of everyone. I asked, “What is a Queer Response to Climate Change?” & “What’s Faith Got to Do with It?” Strangely I walked away with hope & determination.

What about you? How was 2014? Memorable? How so?


Author: Peterson Toscano

Peterson Toscano is a quirky queer Quaker concerned about Climate Change. His website is

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