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Inheriting Climate Change: What Will Boomers Leave Behind?

Consumption-crazed baby boomers are leaving millennials and Generation Xers with a mountain of debt and a destabilized climate. In his new book, Bruce Gibney, a venture investor in PayPal, Facebook, Spotify, SpaceX and other tech companies, writes that boomers are a generation of sociopaths who betrayed America. According to Gibney, most climate deniers are aging boomers who won’t live to see the worst consequences of climate change. Therefore, they won’t pay to address these challenges.

At the same time, some boomers feel guilty about the climate changes they are responsible for and are now striving for redemption. These boomers are attempting to use their wealth and knowledge to engage younger people in climate solutions. The conversation is a difficult one though, especially considering that many young people today know they are inheriting a darker future than the one their parents did. Join us for an intergenerational discussion about what you can do to make an impact—and how to persuade the climate doubters in your life.

May 8, 2017

The Commonwealth Club
555 Post St.
San Francisco, 94102
United States


Carleen Cullen

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Cool the Earth

Bruce Gibney

Author, A Generation of Sociopaths

Michael Ranney

Professor, UC Berkeley’s Department of Psychology and the Graduate School of Education

Wilford Welch

Former U.S. Diplomat for the Nixon Administration; Author, In Our Hands: Handbook for Inter-generational Actions to Solve the Climate Crisis (self-published)

Greg Dalton

Founder and Host, Climate One