Everything is a lot right now! Including the IPCC Climate Report published yesterday. I hope you’re doing okay. Starting right now and for the next 1.5 hours, join our live Discussion Thread for We Can Fix It subscribers by clicking the link below- I’ll be answering your questions (via text) and look forward to hearing what’s on your mind and where we go from here. Kim
Hi everyone! What climate questions are on your mind- from the climate report (or the headlines) yesterday, your plan for 2022, or anything else? I'm here to answer them and also excited for you to meet each other! Drop your questions below. :)
Hi Kim and everyone else here tonight, my question to all of you; how do we communicate what we know tand understand from the IPCC-repor, to as many people as possible and more importantly, how do we communicate the urgency to Swedish people since we have a general election in September?
Hi Kim, your book has really gotten me back into engaging with climate issues much more intensely than during the past years!
I am part of the team that facilitates the national Austrian climate assembly - such a complex and interesting process. And gaining quite a lot of press coverage, which is awesome.
However looking around I wonder every day why people and politics don’t seem to understand the urgency of the situation we are facing. As for politics: Our national goal is to be climate neutral by 2040 - but measures taken so far are not able to deliver carbon neutrality in 18 years. As for people: many care about sustainability and climate, but then take a 2 week vacation including a transcontinental flight.
Why do you think there are such big gaps between the ambitious sounding politics/people and their real world actions?! (And I also have these doubts about my own ambitions and real world behaviours)
Your book advocated for 3 things: a plant based diet, abstaining from flying & driving. Those are hard, but certainly achievable. I'm already 1000% more mindful of those 3 areas of consumption, and have already reduced my usage of animal products & flying. Question: what are the next 3 highest impact things we can do today?
Kim, I live on the shores of the Great Lakes in the States, a place that feels more precious by the day. What does the report say about water? What would you have me paying attention to? Who has the best campaign and messaging? I honor you, your work, your approach.
Hi, Kim—hope you are keeping well in these crazy times. Thanks for a great book (finally arrived at the Kamloops library at my request), and thanks for your continued clear communications. Question: you've probably heard of Citizens' Assemblies on Climate. Are you aware of any being used at the municipal level?
Hi Kim, Thanks for writing your lovely book, Under the Sky We Make. I've found it very well-written, comprehensive, and motivating, and have told others about it. It has given me a better framework for thinking about climate change and for being able to digest the main points of the new IPCC Climate Report. I only wish that climate scientists and many of us in the general public could more effectively convey our sense of urgency about climate change to elected officials and energy company executives.
How should we be thinking about how the SCOTUS is hearing, deliberating and ruling on Climate Change and Environmental Policy related cases ? What should we be communicating to our local legislators to make sure that policies continue to support programs and outlooks towards fixing our situation?
Hi does the IPCC Report elaborate on lifestyle emissions?
Okay it's time to wrap up for today-- thank you all so much for joining, I loved hearing from you from around the world. Please take care and keep up all the good work you're doing-- I find it so encouraging to hear about and it really does make a difference. <3
Hi Kim, thank you for this chance to check in (and for your book, which I'm slowly making my way through)! I think it's helping me feel more able to at least confront the news, but finding actionable solutions continues to be a struggle. Just in terms of my own personal carbon impact, I've run a couple of online calculators (in particular the one at Berkeley) which make it look like my household of 2 is emitting about 30 tons of carbon per year, which--yikes. Per the calculator, over 5 tons is coming from natural gas alone--I live in Wisconsin, we have a gas furnace, apparently electric furnaces are inefficent and heat pumps don't work well when it gets really cold? We have only one car, which I'm hoping to replace with something electric, ok. We have family on both coasts and are probably flying two or three times a year right now--I wonder what you think about Amtrak vs. flying (since most of their trains are still running on diesel, I thinkWe eat vegetarian many days and have removed most red meat from our diets...still working on cheese... All our electricity (supposedly) comes from renewable sources via our electric utility. But even if we got rid of the natural gas, car fuel, and air travel, it seems as if we'd still be far above the necessary threshold. It feels really daunting to try to figure out how we could ever reduce our emissions to maybe 3 tons a year. And that's just us. This feels really whiny even to me, but...I wonder if you have any words of advice.
Hi Kimberly, thanks for answering our questions. I found this Substack at the right time (yesterday)! I read your "A climate scientist explains why it’s still okay to have kids" article this morning and found it very insightful. The impacts of climate change weigh heavily in my decision to bring a child into this world. I'm wondering if your thoughts on having children have changed with the most recent IPCC report?
I feel deflated. Seems we are still more on track for 3 degrees and the chapter on what that will mean for the lifetime of kids born today was pretty sad reading. I feel for the climate researcher that are going on "strike".
Ok my biggest problem (report or not) is flying. My family is spread across the world. I've spent my life exploring. I can't get on board with the idea of not discovering the world (no, still no trains from California to Sweden or Australia) and not having my kids discover the world while at the same time, there won't be much world left to explore if we don't stop flying. I'm currently skipping on conferences (presenting on Zoom) and business travel but I really feel like the connection is suffering because of it. Meeting people on zoom vs live is not the same thing. It's my achilles heel and I am getting nowhere.
Hi Kimberly, I think that at this time we need to state that getting off fossil fuels is acutely necessary both for climate and security reasons. As long as dictators like Putin can cash in on our gas and oil dependency to drive their wars we will not be able to fix the climate in time
Kim, I wondered - who or which govts are actually doing a good job on adaptation today?
Hello Kim, thanks for your great Twitter thread yesterday. I had a qu about the regional aspect of the report. Debra Roberts said in the press conference that it is different this time compared with the 5th assessment. I wonder if you could talk a bit about that.
What are your thoughts on campaigns to get climate emergency declared?
Thought I'd share this article on some of the language battles at the final approval session of the summary for policymakers - https://www.climatechangenews.com/2022/02/28/revealed-how-rich-and-at-risk-nations-fought-over-science-of-climate-impacts/
Hi, based on the adaptation options in the report, what type of climate interventions a traditional development NGO (not focused on environment) should prioritize, especially from a climate justice perspective?
What is the most important aspect of the new IPCC report?
Hi, how is the war in Ukraine affecting the climate and the transition to sustainability?