Picture taken during the Copenhagen COP15 climate conference. The little mermaid and the symbols of climate change in the background. 
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Picture taken during the Copenhagen COP15 climate conference. The little mermaid and the symbols of climate change in the background.

Climate change is real. What role do you play?

We make choices every day that affect our environment. The way we heat and cool our homes, get to work, stream media and feed and clothe ourselves all have an impact.

Your favorite pair of blue jeans? Yep. Bad news for the environment.

All these choices and the systems behind them add up to climate change. The United States is dragging its massive carbon footprints in the face of this crisis, while other countries set the pace for an urgent response.

The young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg confronted Americans directly last month, saying “you have a moral responsibility” concerning climate change.

Tatiana Schlossberg is a journalist who writes about the environment and climate change. Her new book is “Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have.”

Schlossberg admits her book includes many wonky details, but she counts that as a plus. On her first visit to Seattle, she found she has that in common with Governor Inslee.

Tatiana Schlossberg is the daughter of Caroline Kennedy, the former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and a granddaughter of President John F. Kennedy.

She spoke with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds just prior to the Global Climate strike. Their conversation took place at the University Book Store on September 19.