It’s been challenging for me to articulate why climate change has become something I care about. Enough to volunteer my time to help create a book about it. As I was researching material for The Carbon Almanac, I came across the name Katharine Hayhoe a few times, and am truly inspired by what she’s achieved on behalf of our planet.
Then this week I came across this quote from her, via Alan Jacobs:
We think of climate change as a separate issue on our priority list, but the only reason you care about climate change is because of what’s already at the top of your list – keeping your job, taking care of your family, worrying about your health, worrying about your kids, worrying about the place where you live – whatever it is that you’re already worrying about.
When you are taking action for climate, it’s not for climate change, it’s for you. It’s for your family, it’s for everything you love, everyone you love, every place that you love – that’s why you’re doing it. There’s a significant mind shift there, so that we don’t see it as an extra “to do” on our list.Katharine Hayhoe
I love this. It really expresses how I’m thinking, much better than I’ve ever been able to.
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P.S. The photo is of pages 270-271 in The Carbon Almanac.
P.P.S. You can read more about Katharine Hayhoe here.