Solar panels, vegan diets, no flights: meet America’s climate revolutionaries

Solar panels, vegan diets, no flights: meet America’s climate revolutionaries

20.9.2019

Solar panels, vegan diets, no flights: meet America’s climate revolutionaries

  By Agence France-Presse The last time Californian climate scientist Peter Kalmus was on an airplane was in 2012: He says it made him feel physically sick and like he was 'stealing' from his children's future, and

The last time Californian climate scientist Peter Kalmus was on an airplane was in 2012: He says it made him feel physically sick and like he was “stealing” from his children’s future, and vowed never to fly again.

“Eventually, it dawned on me that I should maybe bring my actions into alignment with my beliefs.”

Two years ago, he moved out of a co-housing community in a Washington suburb when his two sons shifted to Utah to live with their mother, and has been living between friends’ houses ever since.

He gets much of his food from dumpster diving or from the leftovers at buffets from conferences he attends, describing himself as a “supply-and-demand vegan.”

Maassarani is quick to admit that his case falls well outside what most people could envisage and is made possible only by living in what he calls a “consumption excessive society.”

Hogan, who works as a consultant on mitigating the impact of ocean plastics on marine life, just outfitted solar panels on the roof of her home in Washington.

“Both of our careers are very planet-oriented, so it’s kind of our whole lives, but I am certainly not claiming to be perfect,” she says, conceding that they both fly extensively for work.

After all, the United States’ current climate commitments are rated by Climate Action Tracker as “critically insufficient” in meeting the goal of limiting long-term warming to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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