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Necessary Evil?

Peter Nicholson

From the Jaws of Defeat
A common foe unites opposition. The federal government’s dismantling of its previous climate efforts is disturbing. Each new demise reminds me of the line from Joseph Heller’s novel: "Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can’t stop them from doing.” This dynamic can work both ways. I’ve been inspired by several events over the last few days. Last Sunday night some 2000 people packed the central hall at the Field Museum for the Chicago Community Climate Forum. One of the largest and most diverse such gatherings I’ve attended, it grew from a modest, all-volunteer planning effort (of which Foresight was a part). On Monday, I attended a day-long gathering at UI Labs that explored the intersection of data, climate and cities. This past Tuesday and Wednesday, mayors from around North America gathered in Chicago to meet, strategize and sign the Chicago Climate Charter, upholding their municipalities to the tenets of the Paris Climate Accord. The ultimate approach to climate change will require not a monolithic, global approach, but rather a planetary coalition of local and regional efforts. Sometimes you can actually win more by aggressively responding to loss, which isn’t a sufficient justification, but a balm nonetheless.