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How A Climate Scientist Became An Ecovangelist For His Children’s Future

How A Climate Scientist Became An Ecovangelist For His Children's Future

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Peter Kalmus, author, "Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution"

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The book cover of "Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution" by Peter Kalmus.

Following the birth of his son in 2006, Peter Kalmus, now a NASA climate scientist, began looking at global warming through different eyes.

"I had a strong emotional response: how could we continue burning fossil fuels at an accelerating pace when this severely damages the biosphere for future generations? It seemed insane. At the same time, I was immersed in our industrial civilization, which dictates that burning fossil fuels is the only sane thing to do that someone who refuses to burn fossil fuels is ludicrous, a Luddite," Kalmus wrote in his book, "Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution."

Kalmus set out to reduce his own personal reliance on fossil fuels. He began growing vegetables, meditating and started looking for alternatives for using fossil fuel in his everyday life. He called this path to inner and outer change "becycling" which he said requires taking action rather than assuming that, “they will think of something.”

"I ’m aware that the changes I ’m making to my daily life will not solve global warming or stave off global economic collapse," Kalmus wrote. "However, my actions do make me happier, and that’s reason enough to do them. I also suspect that, for most of us, individual and local-scale actions are the most skillful means to effect global-scale change."

Kalmus will be speaking at Warwicks Books in La Jolla on Thursday night at 7:30.

Kalmus joins Midday Edition Thursday with more on how he has changed his life to minimize his impact on the planet.

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