Upcoming Events: Climate One

Thu 9/10

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Pope Francis: Climate Changer?

Date: Thu, September 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
A discussion of stewardship across faiths.

Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President and Founder, Interfaith Power and Light
Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., President, University of San Francisco
Sam Liccardo, Mayor, San Jose

When Pope Francis entered the fray on climate change, he sent shock waves across the political and religious worlds. The Catholic leader’s bold encyclical linking hard science and biblical passages has prompted a discussion of stewardship across faiths. It has also emboldened critics on the fringe who dare to challenge the basic tenets of capitalism.

How is Pope Francis changing the politics of climate in the United States? What can cities and congregations do to address the climate challenge and opportunity?

A conversation about the popular pope two weeks before he makes his highly-anticipated visit to the United States and a few months before the UN climate summit in Paris.

Tue 9/22

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Arctic Melting and Rising

Date: Tue, September 22, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
With a panel of consuls general

Sergey Petrov, Consul General, Russia
Hilde Janne Skorpen, Consul General, Norway

Most Americans will never travel to the Arctic, and few give much thought to the land of Santa and polar bears. But the Arctic matters much more to American life and economy than people realize. Arctic sea ice influences the very jet stream that drives much of our weather. If you like to go skiing or whitewater rafting, the faraway Arctic impacts your fun. Disappearing sea ice is spurring a rush to tap oil and natural gas deposits in the Arctic. Will the rush for resources bring international conflict or cooperation to the new north?

Join a conversation about politics and economics at the top of a hot and crowded world.

Thu 9/24

Powerful Competition

Date: Thu, September 24, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
San Francisco’s electricity market

London Breed, President, San Francisco County Board of Supervisors

Additional panelists TBA

The long-running battle over competition in San Francisco’s electricity market is going before voters in the November election. Supporters say the ballot measure, called the Renewable Energy Truth in Advertising Act, will prevent companies presenting themselves as alternatives to PG&E from overstating how green their electricity really is. Supporters of San Francisco’s alternative to PG&E, Clean Power SF, say the proposal is an attempt to kill Clean Power SF and protect PG&E’s monopoly. Join a discussion presenting both sides of the debate.

Thu 10/1

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Voices of the Wild

Date: Thu, October 01, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Inspiring sights and sounds of nature

Bernie Krause, Soundscape Artist; Author, Voices of the Wild: Animal Songs, Human Din, and the Call to Save Natural Soundscapes
Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journal; Author, Satellites in the High Country, Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man

Is any place on Earth still wild? What does it feel like to be in the extended absence of any human-made sounds? Bernie Krause and Jason Mark have traveled the world seeking and recording wild landscapes and soundscapes. While even the most remote places are impacted by human-caused climate disruption, they both have stories of finding incredible beauty and wonder in the natural world.

Join us for a conversation about inspiring sights and sounds of nature and how they can guide us toward a healed climate.

Mon 10/5

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Resilient Cities

Date: Mon, October 05, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Prepare for the furious tantrums of Mother Nature

Patrick Otellini, Chief Resilience Officer, San Francisco
Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director, SPUR

Generously underwritten by The San Francisco Foundation and The Seed Fund

Cities from around the world have faced a dramatically changing climate in the past decade. San Francisco alone has stood against earthquakes, large storms and heavy winds in 2014 and the Rim Fire that cost the city $36 million dollars. What can we do to prepare ourselves for the furious tantrums of Mother Nature? Join us as our panelists Patrick Otellini and Laura Tam investigate what we have learned from past calamities and what other cities from around the world are doing to protect their citizens.


Tue 10/13

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Drilling in the Amazon and Arctic

Date: Tue, October 13, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Lou Allstadt, Former Executive Vice President, Mobil Oil Co.
Andy Behar, Executive Director, As You Sow
Rene G. Ortiz, Former Ecuador Oil Minister; Former OPEC Secretary General
Leila Salazar-Lopez, Executive Director, Amazon Watch

With oil companies calling for a price on carbon emissions, is the energy industry finally changing its tune on pollution? Oil and coal have fueled economies and lifted people out of poverty. They also have fouled the air, land and water, especially in developing countries where governments are weak or corrupt. How fast will the world transition away from fossils to cleaner fuels? How can individual investors use their retirement accounts to vote for an oil change? How can the fossil fuel sector become cleaner as it evolves toward renewables? A conversation about powering the 21st-century economy while still using 20th-century fuels.

Thu 10/15

Image - Charging Ahead: PG&E CEO Tony Earley

Charging Ahead: PG&E CEO Tony Earley

Date: Thu, October 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Tony Earley, Chairman & CEO, PG&E Corporation

California creates more wealth per puff of carbon pollution than anywhere else on the planet, and its largest electric utility, PG&E, has become one of the cleanest power providers in the country. Now the state has laid out ambitious new goals for generating an even greener and smarter economy. That means higher standards for renewable energy, mandates for new ways of storing electricity, a concerted push toward electric vehicles and new approaches to pricing the power that runs our connected lives.

The transition will mean big changes for two industries with a historic reliance on fossil fuels: investor-owned power utilities and traditional automakers. What role will these century-old pillars of commerce play in the new energy ecosystem? With a host of start-ups and big names in high-tech challenging old business models and vying for pieces of the clean energy market, can they prove innovative enough to adapt and succeed in a carbon-free future?

In the run-up to the United Nations climate conference in Paris, join us for a conversation about powering the California of tomorrow.

Tue 11/10

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Atmosphere of Hope

Date: Tue, November 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Tim Flannery, Author, Atmosphere of Hope
Ben Santer, Climate Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Rebecca Shaw, Senior Lead Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

People concerned about climate disruption sometimes mope around like the fictional character Eeyore, convinced that humanity is doomed. But cause for hope is everywhere. Clean energy is advancing rapidly and people around the world are realizing the benefits of moving away from fossil fuels. Citizens are also learning to live with severe weather and the fires, floods and droughts that it brings.

When Tim Flannery, an Australian scientist, came to Climate One several years ago, he said California’s future happens first in Australia. He was right. Our current drought is so similar to Australia’s Big Dry that Sacramento officials last year sent a delegation down under to learn from it. What else can California learn from Australia? Can Australia’s carbon price come back from the dead? What does the latest science tell us about how the climate is changing?

Join us for a conversation about science, hope, and solutions.

Tue 12/15

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Dr. Chris Field: The Stephen Schneider Award

Date: Tue, December 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Chris Field, Director, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science

The award is underwritten by Tom R. Burns, Nora Machado, and Michael Haas.

Climate One at The Commonwealth Club will award Dr. Chris Field the fifth annual Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication. Dr. Field is director of the Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University’s Carnegie Institution for Science. The $15,000 award is given to a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion. The award was established in honor of Stephen Henry Schneider, one of the founding fathers of climatology, who died in 2010.