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Green Visions
A Northland Morning feature focusing on local environmental issues, heard Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m. Green Visions is brought to you by All Energy Solar, Minnesota Power Energy Conservation Program, and Energy Plus.

Green Visions: Climate Action with Cynthia Kaufman

A hand holding a sign up reading in orange and black letters "Climate Action Now"
Ken Fager [via Flickr]

"I had always been concerned about the environment," says Cynthia Kaufman, the Director of Vaconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action at De Anza College. "I think some of what kept me from getting involved earlier was a sense that I couldn't even imagine a way forward."

After reading Heat by George Monbiot, Kaufman found inspiration to imagine a better future. Now a teacher, organizer and Activist, Kaufman strives to make sure the message around the climate crisis is clear, which she sums up in three points: it's happening now, it's an equity issue, and there is a villain. "All of the technology needed for everyone on this planet to live well... is already with us. What's getting in the way of us making the transition is the political power of the fossil fuel industry."

Though there are systemic changes needed to make a large difference, individual choices such as eating less meat, flying less, and reducing excess are just a few of the mindful choices that Kaufman encourages. "There's lots of work people can do."

To find out more information about Kaufman and her work, visit her website: Cynthia Kaufman – Another World is Possible.

You can hear Green Visions at 8:20am every Wednesday on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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