Solve Climate By 2030

Solar Dominance + Civic Action

Fall 2019: Host a network speaker at your campus or community
  • Faculty & NGO climate and clean energy experts in every state
  • No charge for a speaker from the network, Learn more
April 7, 2020: The Power Dialogs
  • National + State + Community conversations in all 50 states 
  • Focus on climate solutions,  Learn more

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Project Introduction

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 civic 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 civic 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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Fall 2019: Host a Talk at Your School or Organization 
on Climate Solutions, Solar Dominance & Civic Action

Head here to book a speaker from your State for a fall event.
There is NO CHARGE for a presentation at your school or community.

Maximize engagement with a One-Night Teach-In on Climate Solutions.

To join the National Speakers Network, please apply here
April 7, 2020: The Power Dialogs.  7 PM-9 PM EST

+National Webinar, followed by
+State Webinars in All 50 States, followed by
+Community Conversations
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.