Issue 114 - 05 | Don’t Block Up the Hall: Bob Dylan’s Advice on Climate Change?

By Leidy Klotz
Published Feb. 19, 2014 1:00 p.m.
“In perhaps his most influential civil rights era song, Bob Dylan asked senators and congressmen to 'please heed the call.' Of course, help from those in power makes it easier to address any major societal issue. But Dylan went on to warn these leaders: ‘Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall.’ His sage advice to allow other contributions is now as relevant as ever.

We must prevent catastrophic climate change, our societal challenge akin to those Dylan was ‘singing’ about and King was meeting. We can do it, but only with new thinking, thinking that is currently shackled by the status-quo.”

About Leidy Klotz | Leidy Klotz does not have a book to sell, which is good because he’s not a very graceful writer. Fortunately, as an engineering professor, he has another source of income and can share ideas like this one by writing early in the morning and on weekends. Leidy developed and teaches courses in Sustainable Energy Innovation and does research on related topics. He has received awards for both his teaching and research (awards are often given as an alternative to raises). Before becoming an academic, Leidy worked managing school construction projects in New Jersey. Before getting a real job, he played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds professional soccer team in 2000 and 2001. Leidy and his wife, Monica, live in Clemson, SC where most of their climate-changing emissions come from travel to visit family or the beach.
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