The Clime and the Environment – In Review

Katherine Krey – CMC ’17

Key Points:

  • Shifting the issue of climate change towards policy makers is key in making any tangible change
  • Greater effort in moving resources towards renewable energy and technology
  • How to challenge the CO2 emissions that are increasing, especially from developing nations

Tim Storer – CMC ‘15

Key Points:

  • Address the education component of environmental issues
  • Give climate change a narrative that creates an ethical or moral issue for people, forcing them to take a stance on the matter

Professor Hal Nelson – CGU

Key Points:

  • As society develops, there needs to be a greater emphasis on what are the drivers of change that have led and will continue to lead to greater CO2 emissions
  • Climate stabilization will impact the world in its own way, especially eco-systems that have emerged in current conditions
  • There have to be more opportunities for learning

Professor William Ascher – CMC

Key Points:

  • For collective action to be a viable plan, there has to be an alternative way to deal with compensation for nations, whose progress will be undercut by trying to industrialize in an environmentally friendly way
  • The possibility of looking at trade competition and integrating a method that will benefit the environment
  • At the moment the world is at a point where, despite increasing environmental disasters, that there is no real pressure to do anything

Professor Paul Steinberg – HMC

Key Points:

  • Need to address the issue of what has the potential to work, in particular in lower economically developed countries
  • While environmental policy making may not be the best way to incentivize people to take a stand on the issue because of the lack of financial reward, the energy market could be an alternative medium to interest people.
  • Channelling the UN initiative REDD+ and the potential impact it can have on climate change
  • The relationship between natural resources and nationalism in a country by protecting their interests from foreign control

Professor Bowman Cutter – Pomona College

Key Points:

  • The precautionary principle on ecological economics, the fact that policies on climate change have natural limits
  • Ultimately, climate change is one aspects of a broader crisis
  • Researching cost and creativity of climate change policies that may reveal a plan that is cheaper than we expect it to be

Q & A

  • Q: When are we at the point of no return and what would need to happen for the USA to prioritize the issue?
  • A: Tim Storer – The problems of bias assimilation reveal that people who have no opinion on climate change are not really effected by examples of drastic weather
  • A: Professor Steinberg – The nature of decentralized power means that we would have tend to different strategies to the various constituents
  • A: Professor Ascher – The strength of the Green parties to push a political agenda that would enforce policy makers to address climate change, whether or not these parties can win you an election is a real question that people have to contend with


  • Q: How can we morally demand collective action?
  • A: Professor Ascher – Weighing the magnitude of a problem against the potential impact on a nations GDP, may be an indicator as to whether or not nations will act.
  • A: Professor Cutter – This is an issue that is rooted in varying political systems
  • A: Katherine Krey – Educate people so that they know what are actually voting for in relation to how it impacts their lives


  • Q: How to make people care?
  • A: Tim Storer: Fashion a story of good guys vs rich bad guys, sell the issue like a product
  • A: Professor Nelson: Appeal to people’s self-interest
  • A: Fashion the issue of severe weather in a way that people are interested and care about



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