Eban Goodstein kicked off the Northeast Regional C2C Fellows Workshop at Bard College last Friday night with a call to action for young environmentalists. “We’ve arrived at a truly extraordinary moment in human history,” he told the audience. “The decisions you make will impact not only your lives and the lives of your children, but the lives of every human being who will walk the earth from here on out.”
How Students Can Teach Congress About Climate Change
By Victoria Stern
Eban Goodstein engages students and teachers with policymakers to present environmental solutions. Although Eban Goodstein has been educating people about the global-warming threat for a decade, he only recently took major action to help solve the problem. In 2006 he heard James E. Hansen, a leading climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, say that global warming could prove catastrophic sooner than anticipated and that the world needed practical solutions immediately.
Politicians, Students Videoconference about Climate-Change Solutions
By Steve Kolowich With several men in ties staring at laptops and talking over one another into headsets around a table laden with Ethernet cables on Wednesday, the cramped room looked like a call center. In fact, it was a conference room in the U.S. Capitol building, and the men on the headsets were members of Congress.
Class Act: Universities Hold National Teach-In on Climate Change
By Sarah van Schagen Across the country yesterday, college campuses opened up a dialogue on climate change as part of a National Teach-In. And for many schools, this meant opening up lecture halls as well.
By Eban Goodstein A few of my colleagues wonder: Have I gone rogue? Crossed some inviolable academic line? Not the way I see it. We are alive at an extraordinary moment, one that demands especially from educators, an extraordinary responsibility.
A confluence of biophysical and social processes—the physics of heat trapping gases, the faltering of the consumption-driven, global economic system, and the re-energizing of our own democratic political process—all this has created space for deliberate human action to reshape the future. As a nation, the decisions that we make—or fail to make—in the next year will have profound consequences, not only for our children, and for their children, but in fact, for every human being who will ever inhabit the earth from now until the end of time.
National "Global Warming Teach-in" Returns to Oregon
By Shelby Wood, The Oregonian College, is back on YouTube with the "Oregon Climate Dialogue," another national effort to focus students, Congress and the rest of us on strategies to slow climate change. The video, which features interviews with Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski's sustainability policy advisor, David Van´t Hof, and Angus Duncan, chairman of Oregon´s Global Warming Commission was uploaded last night by the small Portland-based staff of the National Teach-In.
By Bryan Walsh In the 1960s and early '70s, civil rights and the Vietnam War were the defining issues on college campuses. In the 1980s, it was apartheid. Today, that issue is climate change—or at least it will be, if Eban Goodstein has anything to do about it. An economics professor at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., Goodstein became convinced of the threat from climate change in the early 1990s.
If the cuffed polar bear sitting in a giant electric chair didn´t convince enough students en route to their classes last January, the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) is getting another chance this February.