Parsons Paris

Parsons Paris.

New Cities for the New Climate: A Commons Approach to Addressing Climate Change in Cities

6:00 p.m.

Climate change has proven to be a conundrum we are failing to address at the global and national level. The two major solutions that emerge- nuclear energy and large scale renewable energy suggest a continued path of CO2 dependency.

In this talk Dr. John Byrne will discuss the political economy causes and implications of these technologically driven solutions and propose a third way, a commons approach. The importance of community based action and the role of cities and metropolitan areas will be discussed as key to a successful climate change strategy.

John Byrne is Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) and Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Delaware. He has contributed to Working Group III of the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992 and shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the Panel’s authors and review editors. He is co-founder and co-executive director of the Joint Institute for a Sustainable Energy and Environmental Future, an innovative research and policy advocacy organization headquartered in South Korea with the mission of promoting sustainable policy options in East Asia. He is also a founding member of the International Solar Cities Initiative – a pioneering program to assist cities around the world in building sustainable futures. Dr. Byrne is chairman of the board of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment, whose mission is to promote a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods. He has published 17 books and over 150 research articles.

Bark Orientation Room, 2 West 13th Street, 1st floor

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served