“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” Thomas Paine
In our own turbulent age, we too have such power. But to succeed, we must systematically address the acceleration of greenhouse gas emissions, the persistence of poverty, and the struggle for human rights. One number – 350 – captures these related challenges. Climatologist James Hansen and colleagues have recently suggested that we must rapidly stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide, then bring its concentration back down to 350 parts per million. This is not just a problem of greenhouse emissions. “Getting to 350” must entail reinvigorated economic and political systems that improve well-being for the world’s poorest and assure the most basic freedoms for all. This workshop at Middlebury College is designed to help. Over three days, we invite participants to share, critique and build strategies for beginning our world anew.
Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3, 2009, Middlebury College
featuring a Friday-evening interactive keynote address (via video feed) by Dr. James Hansen in Mead Chapel
This workshop is supported by the Henry R. Luce Foundation