Staying Nimble, while constant in our advocacy

By | Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

After my family cut short an overseas sabbatical four months early, we are now in quarantine at my sister-in-law’s in Western Massachusetts. From a small table in the back of their rustic farmhouse, I’ve been leading daily digital huddles for our team of clean energy advocates since all of us have been practicing social distancing and working from home since March 16. Earlier this week our team discussed how our program needs to adapt to the new variables of organizing in this new reality.

The coronavirus pandemic means that we’re all spending more time at home. This shift in “place” also means a shift in how we consume energy. We’re keeping the lights on longer in our homes. We’re doing the dishes and turning on the microwave more often. We’ve left communal spaces, which means we’ve also left communal energy consumption, and isolating our energy use as we isolate ourselves. For some, this might mean an uptick in electric bills, even at a time of financial uncertainty.

Since the 1980's, when Rachel and Stephen Kaplan published their groundbreaking book The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective, we’ve known that spending time in natural surroundings has all manner of benefits for our psychological and emotional wellbeing. 

When you find a dead sea turtle

By | Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

Recently my family watched the Pixar movie “Inside Out.” We all appreciated the vivid image of core memories as islands in our minds, forming the foundational values that make up a person. My illustration includes a nature island where, fittingly, the ocean features prominently. Core memories of exploring the sea and its wildlife as a child are inextricably linked with one of the most important people in my life: my dad.

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