Climate change is something everyone needs to know about and be prepared for. So why not start with those you care about most?
The people in these videos are my real friends and family have agreed to share a meal and listen to me talk about climate change. The goal is to put a human face on the problem by answering answer real questions from real people about what it means for our lives and what we can do about it. Fixing climate change it is the big idea of this generation, but all big ideas have small beginnings. Every movement has to start somewhere, so I’m spreading the idea to my social network in the hope that it eventually spreads to yours.
Most of these encounters start with me giving a ~20 minute speech, laying out the science of climate change and what we can do about it. The flow of this pitch is the same each time, so I don’t usually include the video (and the basics can be found elsewhere on the site). What’s more valuable is the Q&A that comes afterward, where people let loose with questions and discussion. It’s when people feel free to relax and be curious that you get to the really good stuff.
Karen, Will, and Nick
Now there’s a power couple if I’ve ever seen one! Karen and Will I know back from my roommate days in Boston, while Nick is a seminary student I was meeting for the first time. Over pork loin and parsnip soup we discussed politics, carbon taxes, developing nations, cultural narratives, religion, corporate law and the meaning of community.
Saul and Laura
Beauty and the beard! Saul and Laura are friends of ours from Somerville that we usually hang out with in the context of cooking, basketball, Game of Thrones or canine dress-up. Over beer and a fantastic creamy risotto we discussed campaign finance, technological adaptation, carbon taxes, Reddit, millenials, farming, and civil disorder.
Shannon and Nick
If you adore a British accent like I do, this is the talk for you! Shannon is a good friend and old roommate of mine who now lives with her boyfriend a few towns over. We ate spicy stew and drank beer while discussing the birth rate, developing nations, capitalism, battery tech, getting arrested. and cultural narratives.
Uncle Ramey and Aunt Carol
Good family, good cooking, that’s what these talks are all about! We ate pork roast with squash, home-grown green beans, and apple sauce while discussing the wind power, social unrest, natural cycles, the Dust Bowl, politics, spoiled people, consumerism, and local environmental changes taking place in Rutland MA.
Jon and Jenni
Jeff lurks behind our hosts, looking tiny and adorable. We ate pizza and discussed nuclear energy, changing cultural narratives, geoengineering, solar power, and lots of pop culture.
After devouring my favorite sandwich in the whole wide world, we discussed things like the cost of disaster cleanup, natural gas, optimism vs. pessimism, water scarcity and population growth.
My dad is fairly conservative, and one of the first real climate skeptics I’ve had to face. Our topics ranged from natural cycles, the ozone layer, human nature and what makes this website different from others.
Matilda, Rufus, and Mark
Sweet faces, salty talk as we chatted with three of the best friends Sarah and I have Boston. We discussed topics like population control, cultural narrative and the American identity…but mostly we just told inappropriate jokes and cursed like sailors. I think that’s why I had so much fun.
Greg and Jasmine
Greg is Greg is a friend of mine from Boston, and Jasmine is a friend of his. We had great discussion about new energy sources, voting, Solyndra, and much more.
Jeff and Toni
Jeff has been my best friend since high school, and with his kids and his wife Toni he’s built a pretty sweet life. Our talk ranged from natural weather cycles, Ron Paul, political namecalling, food prices and the system dynamics of recycling.
The climate talks begin right where they should, with my family. My first real pitch was given to Jill, John, Mom, Hildur, Maggie, and Jay, and I thought it went pretty well.
YOU WANT IN?
Use to this form to contact me if you’d like to join me for a meal + climate talk. Hard to pass up this smiling face and a free dinner, am I right?
I do my best fact-check everything in these talks, but I’m only human. If you hear anything that doesn’t sound right or you know I’m getting facts wrong, please let me know and I’ll do my best to remedy the situation.