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We’re Not Doomed! Restoring a Safe and Healthy Climate
Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
The David Brower Center | 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Faced with dire predictions and warnings about the current and future effects of climate change, many of us are working hard to mitigate and adapt to this existential threat. Others have given up, feeling that it’s “too late, we’re doomed”. Fear does not absolve us of our obligation to our children, future generations, and the natural world by simply assuming it’s impossible to restore the climate. Creating a new paradigm that puts climate restoration at the center of our goals moves us beyond cynicism and despair and is critical to the survival of humanity.
What does it take to go beyond mitigation and adaptation to restoring a safe, healthy, and habitable climate like the one in which humans evolved? How can we align our actions to build on past progress and imagine solutions that accelerate Climate Restoration? What types of public policies, public/private partnerships, and incentives are needed to encourage investment and financing of restorative options?
6 PM – Doors Open for Climate Restoration and Activism Fair
6:30 – Films
7:00 – Panel – Speakers Include:
Dr. Erica Dodds , COO of the Foundation for Climate Restoration , holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Evaluation and an M.A. in International Development Administration. Her lifelong interest in poverty reduction led her to study abroad in West Africa, intern with an NGO in rural India, and work for the Evaluation Office of the International Labour Organization in Geneva. www.f4cr.org
Ellie Cohen, CEO of The Climate Center, is a leader in catalyzing cross-boundary, collaborative and just solutions to climate change and environmental degradation. An honors graduate of Duke University (botany) and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (MPP), Ellie has received numerous accolades including the Beyond Duke Alumni Award for Service and Leadership (2019), the National Park Service Pacific West Region Partnership Award (2018) and the Bay Nature Environmental Hero Award (2012). She was named one of “100 Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet” in the US by the National Women’s History Project (2009) and was selected to participate in the Climate Reality Project’s second training with Vice President Al Gore (2007).
Kirstin Miller. Executive Director of Ecocity Builders, leads their program development, global initiatives and activities. She works locally and internationally to help cities access ecocity knowledge and specializes in integrating city-based experiences from a diverse range of perspectives. She is an international speaker and presenter on ecocity design, technology, development and citizen participation. Kirstin leads the development of the International Ecocity Framework, is on the Steering Committee of the Ecocity World Summit conference series and is a jurist for the Katerva Awards and the Guangzhou Award for Urban Innovation. www.ecocitybuilders.org
Jerry Hinkle, Economic Research Coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby, worked as an Economist in Banking for 35 years, holds MA’s in both economics and Climate Policy, and has several publications in finance and in the economics of climate policy. As a volunteer, he has lobbied Congress for 12 years to forward market-based solutions to climate change, served as Citizens Climate Lobby’s Northern California Regional Coordinator for 8 years, and on its Governing Board for 4 years. www.citizensclimatelobby.org
Dr. Tom McKone, Professor Emeritus at the School of Public Health has spent 35 years as a University of California researcher and faculty member and is now an advisor to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on sustainable energy systems research. His research career focused on the health and environmental impacts of energy, industrial, and agricultural systems. He is an active member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and will moderate the panel.