When it comes to climate change, Christians get a bad rap.

Studies continue to indicate that in America — and particularly on Capitol Hill — conservative religiousity is closely linked to doubt on climate science. Yet there is a growing cohort of faith groups that seeks to overturn this stereotype.

When I was at COP21 in Paris a few weeks ago, I met with Keith Casto, a San-Francisco environmental lawyer who is a member of the American Bar Association and works with a nonprofit group called California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL). CIPL was at COP21 to give a... Read More

Although protecting the wilderness has become the status quo in many communities around the world, have you ever stopped to take a moment to question how we got here?

In the context of the human society, the definition and opinion of the “wilderness” has not been inherently consistent. To some, the wilderness is how people approach spaces that are untouched, how people perceive these spaces as being untouched, and how people propose to treat these unique spaces. In this blog post, I hope to explore a polar shift in the last two centuries that digressed Western perceptions... Read More

I didn’t find out for quite some time that being a vegetarian actually helps the environment. It was only after watching Food Inc. that I realized how much energy it takes to produce meat and how harmful it is to the environment. Before that, I never cared where my food came from. And most of us still do not consider it. Maybe we just don’t know because there is no transparency within this industry. Maybe it is because we have heard rumors about what goes on behind our food production, but we just do not want to know. It is only natural. If electricity is deeply... Read More

International climate change negotiations are a painfully slow process. Any observer present at COP21 could attest to that. The recently signed accord in Paris, decades in the making, took thirteen days of relentless deliberation among 195 countries, and even then was only signed at the last second — the evening on the day after the official end of the conference.

Knowing how sluggish these things can be, the conference organizers even preemptively booked the Le Bourget negotiation space for a week after the conference ended, just in case.

But on the opposite side... Read More

In the wake of the COP21 climate talks in Paris that ended last week, the conversations I’m hearing about climate change on my campus and social media ring stoutly pessimistic.

But I’m not buying the doom and gloom.

The non-binding nature of the agreement between 195 countries to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius weighs heavily on many Americans’ shoulders, and rightly so. When the negotiations began in Paris on November 30th, President Obama had already made crystal clear that any climate agreement reached couldn’t be binding, because the Republican-led Senate would have... Read More

“This is a movement of the people; we should…” As the words left my mouth and observers took out their phones to film the young man speaking out against the corporate dominance of the environmental movement, two French military men had appeared by my side. Within moments, I felt my arms grabbed by the gendarmes as they hurriedly whisked me away from the cameras and toward a hidden room full of other protestors, pushed me against a concrete wall, and searched my body as men held their rifles feet away, watching me with deep suspicion.

It was the 9th day of COP21, the UN climate... Read More

Something really exciting happened at COP21, and it wasn’t the actual climate deal. Don’t get me wrong, the Paris Agreement is historic and a good first step in the right direction, but something happened in Paris that is much more significant and carries a lot more hope for the future of the planet.

On the last day of the COP negotiations, December 11, hundreds of youth gathered in front of the entrance to the Blue Zone, forming a human chain by holding hands, chanting, and singing in unison. We demanded a more drastic change than was decided in the Paris Agreement, and talked... Read More

It is up to us to solve climate change.

The human species has evolved into the most powerful species on the planet. After a long evolutionary journey and after our achievements, we are now facing the single greatest threat to human existence. And when people ask me if I am being melodramatic, I am not. There is a reason why climate change has been referred to as "global warming" and "global cooling." There is not a single country or person in the world this does not affect. Even with mountainous evidence, there are those people who deny the existence of... Read More

When I walked into the Climate Generations Area at COP21, I was in awe. Water bottles refill stations were widely accessible, power outlets were charged by bicycles, and much of the building was constructed out of renewable materials. The building truly felt like I was peering into the future — one that I would be extremely proud to live in.

So, I’ll pose this question to you: What do you think of when you hear the word “sustainability?” If you’re anything like me, maybe you will think of recycling, composting, or forks and spoons made entirely from recycled materials. Maybe you’ll... Read More

Dear Congress,

Thank you. The extension of the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) in the Omnibus Bill looks great. We have been picking up our phones to call and ask you for this and are elated to see you respond. Today feels like a day where democracy worked.

If you vote the ITC extension into law, then you can rest assured that you are saving our jobs and those of the 200,000 other solar workers in America. Installations under the extended ITC are projected to increase 54% between 2016-2020 (GTM Research). That means 54% more work and hundreds of thousands of... Read More