Beach clean-up day My cousin’s dog, Otto, shows off their finds during a recent beach clean-up day on Wollaston Beach in Quincy, Mass. Photos: Instagram

When Editor-in-Chief Michael Ogden and I began discussing plans for this issue (and may I note that the original idea for an issue focused solely on climate change was Michael’s, so he gets all the credit there), we decided on one key thing: We’re not using any part of this issue to debate science. We’re producing the issue on the premise that climate change is real, and its goal is to help credit unions learn how to adjust their business behaviors in response to climate change, if they wish to do so.

While I personally do not question the existence of climate change, I recognize that some people – perhaps even some CU Times readers – do. As someone who always strives to understand the thinking behind an opposing point of view, I did a bit of research and found two general mindsets of climate change doubters: 1) Those who base their beliefs on their own weather experiences. These folks say things like, “It still snows a lot where I live, so the planet can’t be warming.” 2) Those who doubt science because of their religious beliefs.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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