Sommer Interview – Podcast June 8, 2020

Breaking Our Addiction To Fossil Fuels. Democratic Perspective welcomes Dr. Stefan Sommer, Director of Education, Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research at Northern Arizona University and Director of the Northern Arizona Climate Change Alliance.  Sommer begins by noting that awareness of the climate crisis is different in the US than in the rest of the world. He says that the rest of the world is aware of the seriousness of the issue. But, in the US, there’s a campaign to suppress news of climate change.

Sommer says that science has known about the issue since 1970 and that the current climate change we are seeing is solely the result of human activity – primarily the result of the massive burning of fossil fuels. “The challenge now is to get everybody on board,” he says. “We’ve all been addicted to these easy, cheap forms of energy and we need to break the addiction.”

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