In Sprawling Charlotte, Traffic Jams Point to Climate Solutions

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June 22, 2018, 11:00 AM PDT

By sarahwesseler


Downtown Freeway

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For Shannon Binns, founder of a local nonprofit focused on sustainability, fighting climate change means not talking about climate change.

In a part of the country where global warming is highly politicized, Binns believes it can be counterproductive to foreground climate concerns in advocacy campaigns. His work focuses largely on curbing sprawl, which has massive implications for carbon emissions, although it's not usually at the top of urban mitigation priorities.

"It’s so easy to turn people off and create opponents,” he said. “We’ve taken the approach of, ‘Let’s talk about things that we know are less controversial’ – which is not being stuck in traffic.”

Thursday, June 21, 2018 in Yale Climate Connections

Soldier Field

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