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Thurs, March 25 – Sustainable and Just: Climate Action for a Worthy Future
March 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
In less than a century, humanity has seen a nearly 16-fold increase in world per capita income. However, this increase has resulted in a deeply unequal distribution of social, racial, and environmental security and self-governance. Modernization along the lines fashioned in the last 100 years globally is environmentally hazardous on a scale unexperienced by the web of life. Endemic poverty, social and racial violence, and environmental crisis now define us as accurately as our historically unmatched prosperity, technological innovation and intellectual advance. Our future will be perilous unless a significant change in course is taken. Our challenge is beyond any humanity has previously faced. The challenge for all of us has become: how will we adopt a “stop” strategy to end our climate crisis? Building a worthy future depends on what we decide and what we do. Join a discussion with Dr. John Byrne of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE) on transforming energy society-climate relations.
Dr. John Byrne is the President of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE) and Director and Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP), University of Delaware. He has contributed to Working Group III of the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US President Al Gore. His recent work includes: Rethinking Environmentalism: Linking Justice, Sustainability, and Diversity (2018, MIT Press), a collaboration with other leading environmental scholars assessing key challenges to the field’s future; and “Little time left to reverse emissions,” with Peter Lund (2020, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment). Dr. Byrne has published 19 books and over 170 journal articles.