He got booted for discussing climate change. But he's undeterred, with science on his side

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Climate change discussions are difficult, but science is the solution

People watch the sunset as they wait for the fireworks to begin at the Lake Pleasant Fireworks Show on July 3, 2019.
  • Richard Lavallee tarted to feel overwhelmed by the idea of climate changeafter years of hearing about burning rainforests and melting glaciers.
  • After learning about the consequences of climate change, he knew he had to act.
  • Lavallee is concerned about the level of climate denial, apathy and confusion among his community.

PHOENIX — Richard Lavallee is a software engineer, Arizonan and former Republican. He says he started to feel overwhelmed by the idea of climate change after years of hearing about burning rainforests and melting glaciers. His daughters also influenced his sense that this was a serious problem.

Then he watched a PBS Frontline special about the consequences of climate change and the fossil fuel industry’s role in delaying solutions, and knew he had to act.

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