In its sheer scope, climate change may be an unprecedented threat. But that doesn’t mean communities—in particular communities of color—haven’t faced existential threats before. As we now navigate the twin crises of climate and the COVID-19 pandemic, who better to lead a mass movement for a greener, more equal future?
Mary Annaïse Heglar has addressed many of these themes in her recent writing for outlets including the Boston Globe, the New Republic, and ZORA, as well as on Hot Take, the podcast and newsletter she co-hosts with Amy Westervelt. This week, she talks to Kate and Daniel about climate grief; why we don’t have to choose between caring about police violence and caring about the polar bears; and why Bernie Sanders’s campaign message didn’t resonate with many (especially older) black voters.
Plus, Kate and Daniel talk about the green jobs hidden in the oil fields, and why Joe Biden has his work cut out for him if he really wants to be the next FDR.
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Kate: The Oil Crash Could Be Geothermal’s Big Break (The New Republic)
Kate: There Are Green Jobs Hiding in the Oilfields (The New Republic)
Biden Is Planning an FDR-Size Presidency (Gabriel Debenedetti, New York)
Climate Change Isn’t the First Existential Threat (Mary Annaïse Heglar, ZORA)
What Climate Grief Taught Me About the Coronavirus (Mary Annaïse Heglar, The New Republic)
In a shrinking world, what will we pass on to our children? (Mary Annaïse Heglar, Boston Globe)
G.O.P. Coronavirus Message: Economic Crisis Is a Green New Deal Preview (Lisa Friedman, New York Times)
Some Young Republicans Embrace a Slower, Gentler Brand of Climate Activism (James Bruggers, Inside Climate News)