April 12, 2022 | Online Virtual Event | The University of British Colombia
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. PST
IT HAS BEEN CLEAR FOR DECADES THAT THE EARTH’S CLIMATE IS CHANGING, AND THE ROLE OF HUMAN INFLUENCE ON THE CLIMATE SYSTEM IS UNDISPUTED – VALÉRIE MASSON-DELMOTTE, IPCC WORKING GROUP I CO-CHAIR, 2021-08-09.\
There is no reasonable doubt that the collectivity of individual human decisions has substantially changed the global climate, and on its current trajectory, the rate of change is accelerating. The impacts of this change are being seen around the world as wildfires, heat waves, torrential rains and powerful storms. The more heat-trapping gasses are added to the atmosphere, the further the climate will change and the greater the risk that the climate system tips into a new and substantially different state. A state that will seriously disrupt all ecological systems – within which human systems are embedded – on the planet.
Each of us has a range of choices available that have differing impacts on other people and the global environment. Should that range of choices be constrained for some so that the global climate system can be stabilized? Whose choices? How? What, if anything, we do together to change the choices we make as individuals is a “wicked” problem (Churchman, 1967), intersecting various important values with no objectively right solution.
Join us on April 12, 2022, to explore this intersection with our distinguished guests.