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

Climate Leadership in LA: Interview with Laura Renger

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Laura Renger is the Principal Manager of Air & Climate, Regulatory Affairs, for Southern California Edison (SCE) and a speaker for Climate Day LA.

Tell us about your work on climate change.

I work for Southern California Edison, where I lead a team focused on air quality and climate issues. We spend a lot of our time focusing on electric vehicle adoption, because transportation is responsible for almost half of the GHG emissions in our state.

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

Like everyone else, I breathe air! Poor air quality is making us sick. I have lived almost my whole life in greater Los Angeles and I love our home. I want it to be healthy and well.

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

I need more time in the day. There is so much work to do in order to help the state meet its GHG and air quality goals. I think that the utilities play a really important role in this effort, and my team and I are working really hard to get there.

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!).

CPUC approval of SCE’s January 2017 Transportation Electrification filing. Continued strong climate leadership from the state of California. All customers waking up one day and realizing that electric transportation can work and they don’t need a gasoline car to live in LA!

Posted on Monday, June 26th, 2017

Climate Leadership in LA: Interview with Jonathan Parfrey

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Jonathan Parfrey is the founder and Executive Director of Climate Resolve and a speaker at Climate Day LA.

Tell us about your work on climate change.  

Climate change is inevitable. I enjoy working to limit the extent of damage. Hey, what’s life’s purpose if not to reduce suffering? I’m lucky I get to work on climate change solutions in Los Angeles with a smart and dedicated staff.

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

I was initially inspired by Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King — now I’m inspired by Marcus Lemonis. (What does that say about me?)

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

I have this tough relentless boss (wait, I am that boss.)

In truth, the greatest barrier in LA’s fight against climate change is resources, or lack thereof — AKA money. Philanthropy in Los Angeles is curiously ambivalent about the city. “Is LA worth saving?” I wish folks would finally make up their minds and start investing in the Southland, just as philanthropists do in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Des Moines.

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!).

  • Asynchronous condensers attached to the grid. Everywhere.
  • CARB mandates the cleanup of LA’s abandoned oil wells.
  • Three hundred million Americans simultaneously experience glorious metanoia and instantaneously mature in understanding their connectedness with other people and species and the cosmos.
Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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