April 7, 2020

The Virtual Teach-in on Climate Solutions and Justice

University and high school students across the nation, along with faith and community groups, will tune into 52 simultaneous, university-hosted state-wide webinars on an issue critical to their future: how ambitious state and local action can put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030. Faculty across the country, and across disciplines, will assign these webinars as homework, using them as a springboard for discussing climate solutions and energy justice.  Learn more.
 
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Why 2030?


The world’s top climate scientists have told us we have a ten-year window to make rapid reductions in the carbon pollution causing global warming in order to hold the warming to the low end of under 3 degrees F. If we don’t, we will severely destabilize the global climate, leading to extreme weather, droughts, floods and sea-level rise that will be increasingly hard for humans to manage.
 

Why State-Level and Local Action?


The very good news on climate is that a whole suite of clean energy solutions—from solar to wind to battery storage to electric vehicles and more—  have gotten cheap and are getting cheaper.  In many markets, these solutions now cost substantially less then the polluting, fossil fuel alternatives.  Bard researchers 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 clean energy technologies. These powerful market trends mean that scaling up climate solutions is increasingly about smoothing the paths for adoption, and much of this work needs to happen locally. A glaring example: Florida, the “Sunshine State”, has very little solar power. Just across the border, Georgia is a top-10 solar state. The difference? Policy driven by civic action. Rising state and local action around climate solutions could open the road to “solve climate”—the energy side—over the next decade.

4.7.20: Power Dialogs In Every State


To focus Americans on state-level and local solutions, the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College is organizing simultaneous “power dialog” webinars, one in every state in the country, plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.  On April 7, we will hear from climate solutions experts in Idaho, Tennessee, Minnesota, Florida and New Mexico and across the nation about ambitious but feasible actions that could happen soon in their state to get on track to solving climate by 2030. Colleges and universities and local faith, civic and business groups will host viewings of the webinars and in person discussions of how to get involved in climate solutions.

Faculty at all levels and across the curriculum can assign viewing of the webinars live or recorded as homework, and then spend the next class discussing climate solutions.  This opportunity is not just for environmental studies classes.  The challenges posed by solving climate change necessarily range across history, science, business, culture, economics, psychology, religion, government, media, journalism and the arts. Solve Climate has disciplinary guides for follow-up discussion here for the state-level, solutions-focused webinars.

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April 7, 2020: Power Dialogs in every state 
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About Solve Climate By 2030

About Solve Climate By 2030

Solve Climate By 2030 is a project of the Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College. The project is led by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of GPS at Bard, and the project Steering Committee includes:
  • Dr. Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Dr. David Blockstein, Senior Advisor, Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • Dr. Michael Dorsey, Principal, Around the Corner Capital
  • Elysa Hammond, VP For Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar
  • Dr. Daniel Kammen, Professor, University of California at Berkeley
  • Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism, and Faculty, Bard MBA in Sustainability
  • Dr. Dan Wildcat, Professor, Haskell Indian Nations University
Solve Climate By 2030  is made possible by support from Clif Bar & Company.