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Talking to Conservatives and other 2017 Goals

Happy 2017! Feliz Año Nuevo

I will be in Cuba when you read my post. This is my final Climate Stew act before diving into Cuban culture and a land with very little Internet. I am excited about going old school–you know talking to people and using maps and reading books. I promise to take lots of photos and to bring back some cool audio.

I do not know what your goals are for the new year, but for me, it is about being the best communicator I can around climate change. In the USA with Republican led House, Senate, and White House, it is about connecting with Republicans and finding common ground on issues that are meaningful to us.

It is easy to demonize a whole group of people. Then I am not responsible to do anything, but what happens when we break down the walls and talk? It is never easy or without risks, but refusing to connect with others because they are different or because they disagree with us, well, that typically leads to further alienation. My hope for 2017 is that we can see more and more Republican lawmakers find common ground with folks like me who are concerned about pollution and our future.

What are some of your goals for the new year? What will your focus be? Let me know in the comment section below.

And although I am far away, here is the info on my latest Citizens’ Climate Radio Show. Enjoy!

Citizens’ Climate Radio Ep 7  — A Conservative Approach to Climate Change

(many ways to listen–see your options below)

When addressing climate change, we need all hands on deck including citizens and lawmakers who are politically Conservative. Host, Peterson Toscano interviews Chandler Green, a graduate student at American University researching strategic communications. Chandler shares her insights about climate communication and the need for Republican voices in the USA.

She also tells us about the growing #PutAPriceOnIt Campaign on college campuses. Then to model climate communication for Conservatives, Elke Arnesen reads the Gibson Resolution, a document created by US Republican members of congress that provides a Conservative call to address the causes and affects of climate change

Art House

Joining us once again in the Art House is environmentalist and poet, Lilace Mellin Guignard, with a timely and moving poem about winters present and future.

Lilace Mellin Guignard lives with her husband and two children in rural Pennsylvania, where she teaches poetry and creative nonfiction writing and women’s studies at Mansfield University. Her poetry has appeared in the journals Calyx, poemmemoirstory, Louisiana Literature, Paterson Literary Review, Ecotone and Poetry magazine. Her chapbook, “Young at the Time of Letting Go” was published by Evening Street Press in 2016. She is writing a creative nonfiction book about women outdoors for Texas A&M Press. She enjoys climbing and biking with her husband, eavesdropping on her children, and shaking things up in adult Sunday school.


Many people responded to the Citzens’ Climate Puzzler about the new Trump Administration. Hear two answers that address both local and national responses.

Here is our new Puzzler:

You are chatting with a neighbor and you mention your commitment to addressing carbon pollution because of dangers it poses. Your neighbor, let’s call her Lucinda, is genuinely confused. She says, “But back in school I learned how important carbon dioxide is for plants and photosynthesis. Our teacher said that without carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, we couldn’t survive.”

What would you say to Lucinda?

Send in your answers by January 15, 2017, along with your name, contact info, and where you are from. You can email your answers to radio @ or leave a voice memo of 3 minutes or less at 570-483-8194 (+1 if calling from outside the USA).

Dig Deeper

You can hear Citizens’ Climate Radio on iTunesStitcher RadioPodbean, and now on Northern Spirit Radio. Also, feel free to connect with other listeners, suggest program ideas, and respond to programs in the Citizens’ Climate Radio Facebook group. Check out our new Twitter feed: @CitizensCRadio


Author: Peterson Toscano

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

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