Invitation to Meeting on Climate Change October 23

October 14, 2015 by islandersvoice1

shutterstock_153806906By Linda Lyshall, District Manager, San Juan Islands Conservation District

Climate – Changes Afoot/Dr. Kammen 6:30 pm October 23 at Brickworks

The world is struggling to understand, address, and cope with the effects of climate change. From unprecedented wildfires in eastern Washington and acidifying oceans, to water shortages locally and throughout the world, the effects of climate change are becoming more apparent and the need to address it more urgent. How we deal with this is uncertain. It is costly, lifestyle-altering, and highly political. Addressing climate change is a corporate, governmental, and personal responsibility, as well as one of the most divisive challenges we will face as a global society.

There is much buzz happening on the global scale. The Pope calls on all to consider this a moral imperative. The US president joins ranks with leaders around the world to initiate meaningful policies and programs to reduce emissions. The Chinese president has recently joined the crusade with a commitment to reducing carbon emissions. Progress is being made as world leaders prepare for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this fall. We appear to be headed in the right direction, but is it enough? Will it bring us to the radical change we need in how we view and use energy and our natural resources?

There are thousands of smart people working to develop solutions, and millions more working to implement them. One of the heroes of our time that is leading efforts to create systematic and meaningful change is Dr. Dan Kammen. Dr. Kammen is a Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley and the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). He has served as a lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1999 and shared the IPCC’s 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He serves on the Advisory Committee for Energy & Environment for the X-Prize Foundation, as a climate advisor to the Obama Administration, and has served as the World Bank Group’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He also contributed to the Pope’s encyclical. The accolades go on.

The exciting news is that Dr. Kammen is coming to the San Juans to talk with us about what our society can do to address climate change and how our community can consider decarbonizing our energy systems. Please join us on Friday, October 23rd at 6:30 PM at Brickworks to meet Dr. Kammen, hear his ideas, and participate in a lively discussion about local and global solutions. Dr. Kammen will also be presenting on Sunday, October 25th on Orcas Island at the Orcas Center.

Dr. Kammen’s talk will address dramatic changes taking place in the energy options available to individuals, communities, and nations interested in pursuing low-carbon pathways. He will describe the successes and challenges that are taking place in homes from rural Kenya to the U. S. in implementing successful low-carbon pathways, to community scale efforts to decarbonize, to actions on the national scale – from the EU to the US and China. We will also examine and discuss the prospects for a global accord in the upcoming Paris climate talks, and what this may mean for energy and climate risks worldwide.

For more information about this event, please contact the San Juan Islands Conservation District at or 378-6621.

More about RAEL
The Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) is a unique new research, development, project implementation, and community outreach facility based at the University of California, Berkeley in the Energy and Resources Group and the Department of Nuclear Engineering. RAEL focuses on designing, testing, and disseminating renewable and appropriate energy systems. The laboratory’s mission is to help these technologies realize their full potential to contribute to environmentally sustainable development in both industrialized and developing nations while also addressing the cultural context and range of potential social impacts of any new technology or resource management system.

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