Climate Leadership in LA: Interview with Jonathan Parfrey

Posted by on June 22, 2017

Cross-posted on the Path to Positive Los Angeles blog.

Jonathan Parfrey is the founder and Executive Director of Climate Resolve and a speaker at Climate Day LA.

Tell us about your work on climate change.  

Climate change is inevitable. I enjoy working to limit the extent of damage. Hey, what’s life’s purpose if not to reduce suffering? I’m lucky I get to work on climate change solutions in Los Angeles with a smart and dedicated staff.

What inspired you on your career path? And what or who inspires you now?

I was initially inspired by Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King — now I’m inspired by Marcus Lemonis. (What does that say about me?)

What are the barriers you face in work — and what could make your job easier?

I have this tough relentless boss (wait, I am that boss.)

In truth, the greatest barrier in LA’s fight against climate change is resources, or lack thereof — AKA money. Philanthropy in Los Angeles is curiously ambivalent about the city. “Is LA worth saving?” I wish folks would finally make up their minds and start investing in the Southland, just as philanthropists do in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Des Moines.

A genie grants you two wishes that will help fight climate change. What do you ask for? The third wish is for anything you want (sky’s the limit!).

  • Asynchronous condensers attached to the grid. Everywhere.
  • CARB mandates the cleanup of LA’s abandoned oil wells.
  • Three hundred million Americans simultaneously experience glorious metanoia and instantaneously mature in understanding their connectedness with other people and species and the cosmos.