By Heather Box, The Huffington Post, Dec. 21, 2009

…”When I heard Nisha, who has lost three friends to gun violence and is from a neighborhood where gun violence is not uncommon, articulate why green jobs were a key part to solving the climate crisis and the problems people are facing in the hood, I realized that climate change could resonate if we focused on the local aspects and then drew connections to the global issues.”

…”[Climate change ] is an issue of survival for the folks back home too, it just looks different. For people back home, it is about being able to feel safe walking out of your front door in the morning and being able to put food on the table. For the people of East Timor or the Maldives Islands, it’s ensuring that we quickly stop the ocean from overtaking their land and help change the elements that are causing flooding and washing out their crops.”

…Montgomery-Baker believes that the development of a green economy that both transforms our local economies and helps end global warming is the key to making the issue of climate change relevant to everyone. “People need to see how climate change affects their life directly and how by participating in the fight you can create something positive for yourself, not just the doom and gloom story.”

Jayme Montgomery-Baker is the Wisconsin State Director for the League of Young Voters Education Fund. She organizes young voters from the inner city to take part in the civic process. The League of Young Voters Education Fund invited her to help represent the voice and interest of young Americans from low-income communities and communities of color at the UN Climate Change Negotiations Conference in Copenhagen. Jayme’s perspective rings true to all of us in the First world. We share the same problems globally, they just look different from place to place.