How to Talk About Climate Change

Presented by Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director of Climate Resolve

Wednesday, March 06, 2013
4:30 PM - 6:15 PM
La Kretz Hall, Room 110


Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve -- LA's leading climate change organization. Appointed in 2009, Parfrey currently serves as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He is also a visiting lecturer at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Parfrey is immediate past-president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event. He is also a  founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger's Environmental Policy Team. In 1992, Parfrey received the Paul S. Delp Award for Outstanding Service, Peace and Social Justice. In 2002 he was awarded a Durfee Foundation Fellowship. In 2010, he received a Stanton Fellowship. In 2011, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business.


When climate change is discussed today, Americans respond with a variety of emotions. Chief among them is fear, denial, and dread. Undergirding these is a baser emotion of helplessness. Climate change is so monumental, so world-altering, it's natural to feel overwhelmed and ineffectual in the face of it. The global part of global warming is just as daunting as the warming part.

Jonathan Parfrey, director of Climate Resolve and a commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, has a new vision of how to remove the sting of climate change. He offers a way forward that inspires and empowers; a strategy to beat this most intractable problem by making climate change accessible and relevant in the daily lives of Americans.