Drought, storms, extreme weather conditions, the rise of sea levels, the loss of ecosystems, and dire predictions: If you follow the news, you know that when it comes to the state of the planet, it's not a pretty picture. And President Trump's 2017 decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement has added to the concerns.
But what does all this mean for Columbia, Missouri?
On this episode of Intersection, we hear from two local environmentalists who live with this question. Raghu Raghavan is the University of Missouri's sustainability manager, and Barbara Buffaloe is the sustainability manager for the City of Columbia.
In this conversation, they share goals and progress reports on their work to make our community and campus more energy efficient and sustainabile. They also talk about how being sustainable doesn't have to be so painful, and how they manage to stay positive amid the dire predictions.