Solving the Climate Crisis: A Worthy Goal for Our Elder Years

May 20, 2024
Hosted by Ron Roel

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As we continue to celebrate Older Americans Month, we often ponder our legacy as we age—not only our personal legacy, but the larger legacy we want to leave for our planet. We know that climate change is a huge challenge, and many of us are feeling “climate anxiety,” worrying whether we have the time, technologies and political fortitude to preserve the earth for future generations. We do. In today’s episode we talk with energy and environmental policy specialist Dr. John Berger, author of “Solving the Climate Crisis: Frontline Reports from the Race to Save the Earth.” Dr. Berger, who spent more than six years researching his book, traveling the nation and abroad to interview scientists, engineers, energy experts, business leaders and policy makers, will explain his three-pronged approach to addressing climate change: Technological (moving quickly) to 100% renewable energy through innovation; Ecological (enhancing and protecting natural ecosystems); and Social (updating and creating new laws, policies and economic measures). He’ll highlight new technologies such as “green steel” and “green concrete,” and dispel some of the myths about the obstacles to combating the climate crisis. We already have the scientific knowledge, entrepreneurial acumen and financial strength to reinvent ourselves, Dr. Berger says, and show the rest of the world what a prosperous and emissions-free nation could look like.

45 Forward

Monday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel

Thanks to advances in medicine and health, most of us are just at half-life when we reach our mid-40s, with many potentially productive years ahead. But there’s no road map to prepare us for this period. That’s where 45 Forward comes in.

My show provides you with strategies to shift the traditional waiting-for-retirement model to a journey of compelling life chapters. Each show tackles an aspect of health, finance, family and friends, housing, work and personal pursuits as part of an integrated plan. Experts discuss topics like revitalizing relationships, creating mini-retirements, managing the maze of technology, finding your next homestead and caring for aging parents.

The show instills confidence, and hopefully some comfort, amid the stresses permeating today’s society. Fear of the future is not knowing how to prepare for it. 45 Forward does not proffer prefabricated answers, but helps you shape your life amid the daily anxieties of our time.

Ron Roel

I’m a veteran journalist who spent a wide-ranging career covering business, politics and social issues, the last two decades focusing on the blend of diverse life skills I call successful aging.

I have written extensively on aging topics, spoken at conferences, radio and TV shows, and launched several entrepreneurial ventures, discovering along the way that the path to aging well also requires an unexpected entrepreneurial vision. I spent 20 years as a writer and editor at Long Island’s daily newspaper, Newsday, helping to found Act 2, a weekly section for 50-plus readers. I created, a website offering practical advice and inspirational essays for people ages 40 and above. I have been a volunteer and consultant to AARP Long Island, writing articles, advocating for seniors, and developing action plans for the AARP Age-Friendly Communities initiative.

I am active in programs and organizations that support seniors, such as the National Aging In Place Council and the Senior Umbrella Network. I have developed a special expertise in family caregiving, as one of four brothers who took care of their mother for almost 25 years. I regularly collaborate with many professionals who provide services and support for older Americans, and I am completing a book for caregivers on Long Island, “The Caregiving Navigator/How to Plan, What to do, and Where to Turn When Caring for you Aging Loved Ones. And Yourself,” scheduled for publication in early 2021.

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