Environmental Affairs Symposium: We the Anthropos

What does it mean to dwell in the Anthropocene, when the earth has in many ways become a human creation? Shall we the anthropos celebrate or mourn this era? How shall we guide our environmental practices when notions such as the balance of nature and living within limits no longer fit our collective experience? How shall we move forward when the only choices we understand seem far behind us?

Environmental Affairs Symposium 2014 at Lewis & Clark College explores this era of the Anthropocene via keynote dialogue, a wide range of scholarly sessions, and other events designed for participants to forge new environmental identities with eyes wide open to contemporary ideas—ultimately to recapture imagination and hope in a world shaped by the earthbound.

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Alex Trembath Speaks at SUNY-ESF Symposium on New American Environmentalism

A group of leading environmental scientists and policy experts will gather Sept. 11 at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to discuss a New American Environmentalism. Participating in a symposium held in connection with the inauguration of ESF's new president, the panelists will represent ESF and several other institutions: Syracuse University, the Mohawk Council of the Akwesasne, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Breakthrough Institute, and the University of Manchester, UK.

Titled "Foundations for a New American Environmentalism," the symposium's objectives are to invite reflection on the values, visions and strategies that have characterized environmentalism in the past, lay the groundwork for a continuing national conversation informed by science and compassion, and motivate and empower a new generation of students, citizens and young academics to re-imagine and reinvent the future in ways that enrich and strengthen relationships with the communities that form the living planet.

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Ted Nordhaus Speaks on “Innovation and a Carbon Tax: Unexpected Views from the Right and Left”

Australia has just repealed one, South Africa is just getting one going, and British Columbia has a popular one that nobody seems to know about. In the United States, it is generating ever more divisiveness — or is it? Discover the unexpected areas where the right and the left agree and disagree on a carbon tax. Learn their thoughts on innovation and climate policies through a thought-provoking panel co-organized by the R Street Institute and Future 500.

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Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus to speak at Aquarium of the Pacific

Breakthrough cofounders will present two of the four lectures as part of the Aquatic Academy series hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA.  On Tuesday, May 6th Michael Shellenberger will address The Need For A New Kind of Environmentalism: One That Focuses on The Welfare of Humans in the Post Modern World. 
 
The following week, on Tuesday, May 13th, Ted Nordhaus will present with the CEO and President of Occidental Petroleum, Steve Chazen. They will discuss the topic The Role of Energy in Our Future…Kinds and Amounts in the Developed and Developing World. 

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Ends & Means Luncheon, Sponsored by Will Evers, Jr., Member of The Pacific-Union Club

For over thirty years, Ends & Means has brought politicians, economists, diplomats, scientists, medical researchers, inventors, business leaders, doctors, attorneys, journalists, artists, venture capitalists, clergy, district attorneys, activists, and other community leaders and change agents to speak and discuss issues over lunch in a non-partisan, off-the-record, think tank environment. Last month, Ends & Means focused on the science behind climate change, and the expected planetary impacts. This month, our focus shifts to the question "what can and should be done to deal with it?" and how ecomodernism can offer a framework for the future. 

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New Nukes: Policy Steps for Innovation for Environment and Economy

The Breakthrough Institute will discuss their recently released evaluation of different advanced nuclear technologies and propose a policy framework to transform nuclear from a sector that has historically resisted change to one in which rapid innovation is possible. Their framework argues that the key factors to making nuclear cheap are safety, modularity, readiness, and efficiency. A focus on these factors could significantly bring down the costs of advanced nuclear reactors. 

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Energy Innovation 2013

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and the Breakthrough Institute are pleased to host "Energy Innovation 2013: Clean Energy, Ready for Primetime?" on January 29, 2013, at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.

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