“We have to have an adult conversation about how we can do this,” said Neena Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, of climate action in conversation with Planet Forward founder Frank Sesno. The pair discussed climate, politics, and the presidency during a Planet Forward live event on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Tanden believes what’s best for the environment can also be best for the economy, so long as we begin to think about issue as a job creator. She pushed for an optimistic look at our future, one she hopes will be defined by a large-scale shift to renewable energy and infrastructure that helps the country move away from a carbon intense economy. Tanden and Sesno discussed how a reframing of the climate crisis as an economic opportunity, rather than simply a doomsday scenario, can create more interest in solutions.
“Climate (action) can be a win-win for the country,” Tanden said.
Click through the slideshow above to read more about the event.