Notes: St. Louis businessman, Climate Reality Project Leader, co-founder of Climate Reality-St. Louis Meet Up and climate activist, Larry Lazar has used this quote and image of Bill McKibben for years at the end of his climate change presentations.
To see Larry present his talk, "Doubtful to Alarmed," is to be truly inspired. Larry shares his personal story how a vacation to Alaska 20 years ago changed his opinion on climate change. He went to see a Portage Glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park. He was shocked when he could not find the glacier. Even more, the National Park Service explanation that the retreat of the glacier was due to climate change really shocked Larry.
He immediately started reading about cilmate change when he returned home to St. Louis. For over two years now in the St. Louis area, Larry now gives talks that starts with his conversion story. He then gives a very clear and understandable explanation of the science for the general public that is very inspiring and convincing. Because of Larry's enthusiasm, over 200 people have become members on his St. Louis-Climate Reality Meetup.com page.
When he ends his talks with this Bill McKibben quote, Larry likes to add how true this quote has been for him personally. He enjoys all the friends he has met giving climate change talks and organizing. His positive enthusiasm is contagious, just like this Bill McKibben quote. You want to join Larry because the the fun and joy he is having educating others about climate change.
Like Larry, Bill McKibben is a very charismatic individual. From his founding of 350.org over five years ago, it has become a global movement. With his passion and dedication, you also want to join Bill and many others to reduce the threat of climate change.
Besides the above quote, McKibben has numerous other inspiring quotes to spur action on climate change. For example, "Climate change is the single biggest thing humans have ever done to this planet. One thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it."
For five years now, I am a climate change communicator because of the efforts, dedication, and passion of Larry Lazar and Bill McKibben. Yes, Larry and Bill are correct: joining this climate change fight is the most important, rewarding, and fun thing you can do.
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