Early adopter of climate change

February 3, 2015

Relatively speaking, I was an “early adopter” of climate change.  While there were scientists in the 19th century that believed climate would be changed by human emissions of greenhouse gases, it wasn’t until the late 1980s and early 1990s that a consensus emerged that this was indeed the case and that there would be consequences for human and natural systems.

In the 1980s, I was enrolled in graduate studies in science at the University of Guelph.  In the 1990s, I was the coordinator of a campus-based public interest research organization, supporting and mentoring young people eager to make a difference in the world.

During these two decades, there was a steady stream of influential national and international thought leaders who came through campus and my community – people like Hazel Henderson, Frances Moore Lappé, David Suzuki and Elizabeth May – and global warming was a “hot” topic.

In the push and pull of social change, these pioneers were the push I needed to rethink my role as an urban citizen.