Made me a bit proud frankly. Brethren of Los Angelenos gather at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Friday, November 6th to focus on climate change and mitigation, and to send a clear and deliberate signal to the Conference of Parties (COP-21) this December.
KCET Reporter Val Zavala warmly welcomes the group and talks about KCET’s partnership with Climate Resolve. The latter provides content for the KCET website. She popularizes climate change and mitigation beautifully. “We can start here… even on a very personal level.”
The group was brought together by Jonathan Parfrey and his team at Climate Resolve, in partnership with ecoAmerica, the day was rich in participation, networking, learning, sharing, and motivating, with learned updates on the climate reality and mitigation progress. The day was also about sending a strong, broadly based, and cogent message in the form of a declaration to the COP in Paris.
It’s important to recognize Jonathan Parfrey in the LA climate equation. The gathering was a function of his inclusive style, his humble magnetism. Today he was appropriately recognized by many leaders in attendance. Jonathan has a strong resume and a deep conviction. As Executive Director of Climate Resolve, his focus is on the local impacts of climate change and how to prepare, how to adapt, and how to demonstrate global leadership. Jonathan is a partner with EcoMotion in Climate Smart Schools. Hats of to him and to his team. The Cathedral was an apt setting for the day.
So why do we care, posited Jonathan: “We’re facing a sea change in the way that our natural world operates.” There will be human suffering. We have a moral imperative, but there’s another side of this he explains. We also have an opportunity to make our city better. This is transformative. Right now, LA is the poster child of sprawl and smog. Imagine the multiple benefits of sustainability, such as better transit and a better quality of life.