Climate Leadership in LA: Interview with Jonathan Parfrey
Posted by Stef McDonald on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
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.