“Climate Change and the Importance of Being Real”

Several years back, Roz Galtz had a simple idea. She wanted to publish one good, open-ended question about climate change each week that people could use as conversation starters with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors—anyone they thought they could have a decent conversation with.

She knew, of course, that more talk itself wouldn’t do much to solve climate change. But, as she explains, “I was riveted by the persistent gap between what we know to be true of climate change and how we experience it. And one simple way we make difficult, seemingly intolerable situations feel more real is by talking about them with people we trust and turning them over, from different angles, until we’ve got a sense of what we need to do.” She called the project the Green Card. The tag line? “Climate change is real. The conversation should be too.”

Then, on her way to getting started on the Green Card, she took a life detour and learned a series of tough, personal lessons on what being real means. In her sermon, she’ll talk about how those lessons have made her a better person and a stronger one, and how they’ve moved her to embrace an ethic of the real in daily life. She’ll also talk about how they have returned her to the Climate Card—because she believes that if we could get a little more real with ourselves and one another on the issue of climate, we might find our way to a more focused and resilient kind of response.

Roz Galtz, J.D., Ph.D., is a former Fulbright-Hays scholar, professor of sociology, and environmental attorney who now works as an academic editor. Her writing has appeared in Common Dreams, Greener Ideal, and The Rumpus, as well as in several scholarly and legal venues. Currently she’s working on a nonfiction book.