Smart Talk: Confronting climate change

  • Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania

Activists and ordinary citizens are confronting climate change every day.

On Smart Talk, we hear from people taking on this massive, existential issue. Here in central Pennsylvania, there is a legal scholar who published a new book on potential climate solutions.

John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School has co-edited a book called “Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States.” He calls it a “playbook” for how to deal with climate change. It includes over 1,000 things that can be done on a local, regional, and national level.

Also joining the discussion is Olivia Shumaker, a 16-year-old activist from Lancaster County, who is organizing school strikes to demand climate action.

Finally, appearing on Smart Talk was Carolyn Beeler, a reporter with PRI’s “The World.” Beeler recently traveled to Antarctica, spending two months aboard a research vessel covering scientists studying a massive glacier that’s at risk of collapsing.

Key Points:

:32 – “It’s a playbook for policy makers, lawyers and the public”

6:21 – There are more than 1,000 recommendations in the book

13:10 – People ask, “how can I help?”

15:40 – (Olivia Shumaker) “How did you learn about climate change?”

19:48 – What should people in power be doing?

33:13 – Introduction to reporter Carolyn Beeler

42:50 – A dispatch from the glacier


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