This colloquy will begin with the assumption that the earth is undergoing a period of acute climate change and that the single major cause of climate disruption is due to the buildup of human-generated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, primarily due to increased carbon dioxide emissions.
The colloquy will focus on the examination of and discussions about the challenges and potential responses to our looming climate crisis. We will primarily look at global and national responses but will also discuss local and personal responses as well.
In order to focus our discussion, we will look at the challenges faced and the possibilities for response in four major areas:
Mitigation –Limiting/stopping the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere; developing alternative energy resources, etc.
Sequestration –Removing excess greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere or absorbed by the oceans—through methods such as reforestation and carbon capture.
Adaptation –Adjusting to the effects of climate change, such as: rising sea levels, ocean acidification, drought, extreme weather events, new migration patterns, etc.
Restoration—Repairing and recovering from damages already sustained by climate change.
Participants will be asked to review and respond to a variety of written and online materials that address the above subjects.
Some sample resources include:
America’s Climate Choices A 134 page document prepared by The National Academies Press: America’s Climate Choices
NASA website: Global Climate Change: NASA Climate Report
UN Environment Programme: Responding to climate change: UN Environment Programme
Colloquy participants will be introduced to the the En-ROADS Climate Change Solutions Simulator, software that was developed by Climate Interactive in conjunction with MIT Sloan.
Articles and essays regarding the current status of The Green New Deal and federal climate change legislation (e.g. there are currently 7 bills in Congress related to carbon pricing policies for curbing greenhouse gas emissions).
Articles and essays related to subjects such as: carbon-neutral power plants, the status of CO2 sequestration, massive reforestation projects, etc.
A review of current climate activism, including nonprofit organizations, grassroots movements, political activist organizations, such as:
Citizens’ Climate Lobby The Global Carbon Project The Climate Reality Project Extinction Rebellion
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