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Can we save the planet from the comfort of our homes? Hell No.

Kathy Straub, Ph.D. Atmospheric Scientist

Kathy Straub, Ph.D. Atmospheric Scientist

You know the mantra: “If we each just did our part in our homes, conserved more energy, bought the right products, and lowered our individual carbon footprints, we will help save the planet?” Now I hate to burst your pretty little ecological bubble, but that is not true. I know it sounds blasphemous. It might even sound defeatist. Of course there are plenty of things we can do to address fossil fuel pollution, but we need to look at this issue honestly with the facts.

I sat down with Dr. Kathy Straub, an atmospheric scientist at Susquehanna University, who knows a thing or two thousand about climate change. I first asked her about the misconceptions she needs to clear up with undergraduates who take one of her climate courses, and then it takes off from there. We talk about what an individual can do and the sort of collective action needed to make a big difference. She also explains to me, an actor, climate science in a way that makes it easier to understand.

This short, lively interview is packed in information, insights, and guidance

Warning: Myth Busting Ahead


Author: Peterson Toscano

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

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