The Three C's: Climate, Conservation, Community

The Three C's: Climate, Conservation, Community

As a small-scale farmer, I thought September felt weirdly warm. Tomatoes ripened on the vine beyond the normal time frame - and they're still ripening in mid-October. Peaches and pears clung to tree branches overly long - though they're all harvested and preserved in Mason jars by now. When I turned compost piles, typically with the relief of milder autumn temperatures, it turned into a sweat fest as the thermometer climbed well into the 90s.

You can see how September sizzled in the temperature chart above - freakishly hot indeed with an ugly spike beyond the usual September and what's becoming the platitude of "hottest month on record." You can take the temperature of September 2023 via Berkeley Earth.

And yet the beat of climate talk goes on, a verbal war of incrementalism that seems ill-fit to the challenge.

So I was struck (and encouraged) by a recent article in the Los Angeles Times about a critical collaboration in California among solar developers, conservationists, and local communities.

The story documented an agreement that honors three C's: climate, conservation, and community. The bottom line is that it will dramatically speed the vital development of large-scale solar development, while striving to protect wild life and wild vistas and investing financial resources in affected local communities.

We could say it's a win-win-win, but I think it's probably more about how a wee bit of loss-loss-loss can add up to a big win by embracing the unspoken 4th C in the equation, one that's been downgraded from an art to a pejorative: compromise.

The climate is now changing at a frightening pace (see hockey stick of September's temperature). If we want to address this crisis, we'll need to compromise in order to achieve the velocity of change required. This seems like something entrepreneurs are especially suited for – accustomed to negotiating (aka "compromise") and moving with a sense of decisive urgency when opportunity or challenge presents itself.

While compromise isn't necessarily comfortable, it's time we all get out of our comfort zones.

It ain't weakness. It's strength.

It ain't giving in. It's giving our all when we give up something for the greater good.

Hat's off to the solar developers, conservationists, and communities in California for modeling a blueprint that points the way.

Godspeed, friends.


💬 Quote of the Week

“It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Charles Darwin

💥 Quick Hits

• A billionaire who gave it all away - An inspiring story of lives changed and a life led.

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🤔 Trivia Time

How long is the average daily work commute by car in the United States?

  • 17 miles
  • 28 miles
  • 41 miles
  • 56 miles

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Trivia Answer‌

The average work commuter in the U.S. logs 41 miles there and back each day. That commute takes an average of 55 minutes, or a total drive time of nearly two weeks each year. It also contributes an average of more than 3 metric tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere yearly, per driver.

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