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Even the best of the best come from humble beginnings. While Jessie Diggins is an Olympic gold medal-winning cross-country skier, she was no different than any other young person when she first became concerned about climate change. Today on Coming Clean, she and Benji discuss why being a novice shouldn’t discourage you from getting involved to tackle big obstacles.
And before the interview, Benji catches up with his good friend Lucy Biggers to talk briefly about the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. They discuss the predictable partisan blames-manship, along with how startling images can loom too large over the big picture.
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I am listening now to this episode and am struck by one thing that has laid the trap for environmental and more particularly climate change perception in young people.
For a little background, I was once a competitive X-C Skier who grew up in Anchorage. The seventies saw lots of snow in the winters and skiing was the best and days always sunny, or so my memory recalls. The 80’s came in and the snow dried up. My seventh grade season was canceled due to no snow. My eighth through tenth grade seasons went off in glorious seasons including Anchorage even hosting a rare World Cup race with legends of the sport attending. Zimyatov, Koch, M-L Hamalienen and saw Gunde Svan win the first Gold of his monumental career. My Junior and Senior years had no local snow to train and we had to bus 60 miles out of town to race weekends. The nineties had more good years with a couple thrown in that snow didn’t arrive until February or so. And back and forth it ever goes.
It is natural for people to remember the past as better than today. Times were happy and snow plentiful. Except we don’t remember the mundane. We don’t remember the average snowless times. Climate Change alarmism capitalizes on the fond memories of past and compare them to the mundane day to day of now. This year, right now, the year has been glorious with record snow and miles and miles of groomed trails. If next year sees no snow, it is not the end of the world, it is the way of things.
Why is this podcast here?
Benji’s a young conservative who’s worried about the environment. The podcast is attached to the American Conservation Coalition which he founded to mobilize likeminded Gen-Z conservatives who would like to see limited government, market-based measures.
Might not be a huge winner with a lot of our members, but it fits in with the kaleidoscopic conservative, all-are-welcome Ricochet theme.