Upcoming Events: Climate One
Climate on the BrainDate: Fri, September 12, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
The psychology behind why humans ignore climate change.
George Marshall, Author, Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
Abundant scientific evidence demonstrates that climate disruption is happening in all 50 states now and many Americans are directly experiencing impacts. Yet many people are failing to do all they can to reduce carbon pollution and build a resilient future. Are we mad? Or are we simply human?
While fossil fuels are challenges on many systemic levels – biological, economic, political, international – one of the most daunting obstacles is human cognition. Human brains are wired to detect threats such as tigers in the bush and are not well equipped for odorless invisible gases coming out our own tailpipes and pie holes.
Join us for a conversation about how extreme weather events could make us less concerned, not more. Does having children make people less concerned about climate change? What can people do to become informed and empowered?
Deepak Chopra and Rinaldo Brutoco: Changing Energy, Changing ConsciousnessDate: Mon, September 15, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM
Exploring the deeper impact of energy consciousness.
Deepak Chopra, MD, Founder, The Chopra Foundation; Author of more than 80 books translated into 35 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. www.choprafoundation.org
Rinaldo Brutoco, President, Chopra Foundation; Founding President, World Business Academy; Author, Freedom from Mid-East Oil
Greg Dalton, Host and Founder, Climate One – Moderator
Deepak Chopra and Rinaldo Brutoco say that changing our choices about energy changes consciousness. Where should our energy come from – fossil fuels and nuclear plants? Or 100 percent safe, clean and renewable sources? Chopra and Brutoco say that because energy is the fundamental macro system of human society, once we change our consciousness about energy, we are capable of changing our consciousness about everything. Chopra and Brutoco will discuss the California Moonshot Project aimed at eliminating global warming and fossil fuels to lead the planetary shift toward safe energy. As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra’s goal is to transform the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellness. Core areas of Brutoco’s work include clean energy, climate change analysis and mitigation as well as sustainable business strategy.
Powering InnovationDate: Mon, September 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Katie Fehrenbacher, Reporter, GigaOm
David Crane, CEO, NRG
Adam Lowry, Co-Founder and Chief Greenskeeper, Method Products
Arun Majumdar, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford; former Vice President for Energy, Google
Amazon, Apple, Google and your local power company: One of these things is not like the other. But NRG Energy executive David Crane says utilities should aspire to be in league with the strongest tech brands. What’s at stake? Electric companies must quickly find innovative ways to deliver clean and affordable energy, or more severe weather will destabilize the global economy. Government regulation alone won’t get the job done.
NRG is involved with some of the largest solar energy projects in the world including Ivanpah and Agua Caliente in California. Crane says consumers should have choices and that doesn’t mean deciding between powering your home today and the health of your family and our planet tomorrow. Katie Fehrenbacher writes about how innovative technologies are bringing exciting new changes to the way America produces and uses energy. Join us for a conversation about innovation, connected lifestyles and powering our future.
Oil on RailsDate: Fri, October 03, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM
How will more oil transported on railcars impact the Bay Area economy and environment?
John Avalos, Member, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter
In the next two years the number of rail cars carrying oil into the Bay Area is forecast to increase 20-fold to 200,000. Five refineries in the East Bay process heavy crude oil and some are planning to bring in Canadian tar sands oil. Refiners and oil companies are also trying to be excluded from the California’s primary climate law known as AB 32.
How will more oil transported on railcars impact the Bay Area economy and environment? Can California be a climate leader while getting more involved with tar sands and exempting transportation fuels from reductions in carbon pollution? Is it hypocritical of Bay Area residents to use fossil fuels but not want them transported or processed in their backyards?
Keystone and BeyondDate: Thu, October 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
A conversation on powering this country’s future.
David Baker, Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
John Cushman, Author, Keystone & Beyond; Former Reporter, The New York Times
Additional panelist TBA
With American oil production increasing and domestic demand in decline, does it make sense to build the Keystone XL pipeline? The Keystone battle is one of the biggest political fights over energy in decades and could shape President Obama’s legacy. Supporters say it will provide reliable energy from a friendly neighbor, adding that if the oil doesn’t come here, it will go to Asia. Opponents say that building it will commit the U.S. to some of the dirtiest fuel on Earth and send a message that the country is not serious about stabilizing the climate.
Keystone is just one hunk of metal in a web of energy infrastructure. There are 2.5 million miles of pipeline that carry energy around the United States. As a recent accident in Lynchburg, Virginia, demonstrated, transporting the oil by rail is dangerous. Furthermore, other pipelines are in the works to get the oil to ports and global markets.
John Cushman’s book on Keystone tells the story of the country’s most discussed piece of pipe. He will tell that story and be joined by two other reporters for a discussion of how the U.S. can maintain its economy while getting off fossil fuels before frying the planet. Will divestment from fossil fuels have any impact on capital and energy markets? Is attacking supply an effective strategy for decarbonizing the economy? Join a conversation with leading energy journalists on powering this country’s future.
New Food RevolutionDate: Wed, November 05, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Feeding 9 billion people is a daunting challenge.
Karen Ross, California Secretary of Food and Agriculture; Former Deputy U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences
Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods
Feeding 9 billion people on a hot planet is a daunting challenge. California can play a leading role, but its searing drought is stressing its ability to be the world’s fruit basket and salad bowl.
Does the solution involve organic food, industrial monoculture, GMOs or all of the above? What can Americans do to make food choices that support change in the food system?
A recent cover story in National Geographic outlined Jonathan Foley’s five-step plan to feed a hot and crowded world. We’ll discuss that plan for food security with Dr. Foley and two food leaders from the top levels of government and business.