Climate Day LA: Online Recap

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Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Climate Leadership in LA: Interview with Mark Gold

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Mark Gold is UCLA’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability and a speaker for Climate Day LA.

Tell us about your work on climate change.

As UCLA’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, I help lead the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge with goals of 100% renewable energy, 100% local water, and enhanced ecosystem and human health by 2050. The research and action initiative was inspired by UCLA’s own Ale Hall’s climate downscaling work on Los Angeles. I get to work with incredible climate scientists as well as university leadership working towards transforming UCLA to climate neutrality by 2025.

What inspired you on your career path? And what or who inspires you now?

My environmental mentor were Dorothy Green and Felicia Marcus. I admire Mary Nichols for her amazing perseverance and leadership on climate and air.

What are the barriers you face in work — and what could make your job easier?

Right now, the biggest concern is the loss of funding for critical climate and renewable energy research. We have nearly 100 faculty working in these areas and the need for groundbreaking climate science and renewable energy breakthroughs has never been greater. The anxiety over the loss of federal research dollars is overwhelming right now.

A genie grants you two wishes that will help fight climate change. What do you ask for? The third wish is for anything you want (sky’s the limit!).

I’m not a big believer in genies! A global, enforceable commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2050 falls into the miracle category. Also, a global commitment to preserving the world’s forests, wetlands, grasslands, and oceans would go a long way towards protecting biodiversity, the lungs of the planet, and the world’s largest carbon sinks.

Posted on Monday, June 26th, 2017

Climate Leadership in LA: Interview with Araceli Campos

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Araceli Campos is Executive Director of the Miguel Contreras Foundation and is a speaker for Climate Day LA.

Tell us about your work on climate change.

We serve working families in LA County.  This includes strengthening the wellness of communities where people migrate, go to school, work, and become civically engaged.  Climate justice is part of community wellness, too.

What inspired you on your career path? And what or who inspires you now?

My mom. She’s an immigrant from Mexico who fought for her and my safety, economic security, and independence. Since I got more involved in gender equity work, I am inspired by all the fierce working moms in LA.

What are the barriers you face in work — and what could make your job easier?

An intersectional empowerment — for me and everybody. It’s not surprising that we silo issues — like environmentalism, gender equity, LGBTQ liberation, civil rights, organized labor and workers’ rights, education reform, economic opportunity, immigrant rights — when we tend to live in fragmented societies, often even with fragmented lives. We’re not always as kind or supportive of each other or each other’s movements as we could be, just as we don’t always have the ability (because, the world right now) for kindness or support for ourselves. It’s so hard in the current energy field, but the challenge is to shift the energy field itself, which is only possible together.

A genie grants you two wishes that will help fight climate change. What do you ask for? The third wish is for anything you want (sky’s the limit!).
1. A global treaty with compassionate policies to elevate humankind by ensuring nature is protected, food is pure and abundant, workers are respected through dignified and organized labor, and all have equal success across the religious, gender and sexuality spectrum. 2. An enforcement mechanism for said global treaty that works. 3. Representative Democracy … and that year all the LA sports teams win championships.

Posted on Monday, June 26th, 2017
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