2017 PIELC

YES WE CAN OR NO WE CAN’T?

University of Oregon’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Tom Bowerman and Robin Quirke from PolicyInteractive, along with Sheldon Zakreski from The Climate Trust.

Earth’s three hottest years in history have occurred in the past three years, which is consistent with scientific predictions and long term trends. Recent political events suggest at least four years of federal inaction and problematic state-level climate policy, leaving many wondering where to put their energy. It could be more crucial than ever for people to seize the opportunity to act in spheres they directly control or influence. What’s actionable? Panelists break it down into three parts (1) Key Drivers: Robin Quirke of PolicyInteractive Research reports on the predictors of human behavior tied to climate stability, based on a series of ongoing research projects, (2) Taking Charge: Tom Bowerman, Project Director of PolicyInteractive Research discusses domains of personal action as the foundation of social change and demonstration through example that net zero carbon emission is neither impossible nor unpleasant, and (3) Buying Indulgences? Sheldon Zakreski, Director of Asset Management at The Climate Trust describes carbon offsets as a tool for carbon neutrality and dispels common myths and falsehoods about how they work.

PIELC 2017 PowerPoint

Video of presentation