Climate change is a hot button issue, that’s for sure. Reputable survey after survey indicate that the majority of people believe that climate change is a serious problem. And then we get to the hard part: what to do about it, and about that there’s less consensus. But what we do know is that a stalwart group of Rhode Islanders is out in front, taking the lead in remarkably earnest efforts to address this intimidating challenge. Timmons Roberts couldn’t be more pleased. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Timmons Roberts is professor of environmental sociology at Brown University, and helped lead the Resilient Rhode Island team in supporting the passage of the state’s first comprehensive climate change legislation. In 2016 he’s helping a coalition working on a bill to reduce emissions and create jobs through putting a price on carbon.