environment | November 01, 2012

Climate Patriotism: Environmental Speaker Alex Steffen On Civic Duty

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, environmental speakers like Alex Steffen are making impassioned calls to action for us to start thinking about the future—and to start thinking about it today. In one of his most recent blog posts, appropriately titled "Climate Patriotism," Steffen writes an open letter to the American people about the connection between environmental activism and patriotism. "To be patriots," he writes, "we have to want to be good ancestors to those who are coming after us. And being good ancestors today means, perhaps above all else, fighting climate change." We have to do things now to ensure the health and safety of the nation's future, he writes, before it's too late.

In his kickstarter project, Carbon Zero: A Short Tour of Your City's Future, Steffen gives us a glimpse into what the future of our cities may hold if things remain unchanged. Drawing from material from his popular talks on "climate neutral cities," the project (which has now received almost double the funding it originally aimed for), promotes the importance of making big changes, now. His website, Worldchanging.com, and his book of the same name, have received international acclaim, and the proposals and insights given both in his writing and in his speeches help us see today's environmental challenges clearly and outline what we need to do to change course.