The 2030 date to achieve the Paris climate target has inspired new engagement in climate solutions. Nevertheless, there is widespread pessimism about slowing climate change in the near term. Countering this view, increasingly low-cost solar plus low-cost battery storage are emerging as "the dominant backbone" of a future global energy economy. Bard researchers, building on the work of Tony Seba, have explored (here and here) the Solar Dominance Hypothesis: the idea that in the 2020’s solar plus storage will emerge as part of a suite of highly disruptive energy technologies, and that driven by both the market and policy, within ten years 50% or more of power could be produced from solar plus storage. A solar plus storage market disruption, combined with rising citizen action around other climate solutions, could open the road to “solve climate”—the energy side—over the next decade.
In 2019-20, The Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College is supporting a nationwide series of campus and community Power Dialogs. The project will engage 100,000 students in critical conversations about Power as in clean energy, but also about Power as in engaged citizen action. Dialogs will spotlight transforming global energy and transport in the 2020's to get on the path to climate stabilization by 2030. What would a clean energy revolution deliver on green jobs, access to reliable power, improved environmental health and more accessible transportation? Can a just transition be achieved? And how can students and citizens help drive this change? The project has two components:
National Speakers Network, Fall-Winter 2019-2020. Solve Climate is recruiting a national network of hundreds of distinguished clean energy experts and academics from all 50 states. Beginning next fall, these speakers will spark dialog across the country at colleges, universities, high schools, and faith-based and community groups. To reach beyond the usual audiences, Solve Climate is engaging networks of faculty and university staff university to promote provocative, interdisciplinary, and exciting conversations about climate solutions—from solar plus storage to the other hundred plus solutions that will be needed over the next ten years.
National Power Dialog, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. On this date, Solve Climate will host a nationally coordinated on-line event with hundreds of participating schools in every state. The 4.7.20 Power Dialog will feature 50 hour-long, simultaneous, university hosted webinars on state-specific solutions, followed by community dialogs that will focus on how students and citizens can take action.
These conversations necessarily range across politics, history, science, business, culture, economics, psychology, religion, media, journalism and the arts. Join us.
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