No single solution will solve the complex environmental challenges facing humankind. The path to a sustainable future is going to require many big ideas on multiple fronts.
The Yale Environmental Dialogue, an initiative of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, is trying to do something about that. The Dialogue aims to inject new energy and fresh thinking into the national conversation and to identify future solutions to these challenges.
If society really wants to tackle environmental challenges it must confront a difficult reality: many of the people most affected by pollution and environmental degradation — including in communities of color across the U.S. — often aren’t included in the conversation. Building bridges that allow everyone a seat at the table will require us to rethink how we communicate about the environment, says Thomas Easley, assistant dean of community and inclusion at F&ES. In this episode, Easley speaks with Michael Twitty, a student retention specialist at the New Haven Adult & Continuing Education Center. Together, they are trying to build such a bridge by bringing together students from each of their schools to examine the idea of environmental justice and develop strategies to achieve it in their community.
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A practical, bipartisan call to action from the world’s leading thinkers on the environment and sustainability was published by Yale University Press in October 2019.
'Urbanization is changing the face of the planet, literally.' @YaleFES's Karen Seto is using satellite imagery to find out what urban growth is doing to the planet. https://t.co/Wxs89Oo38e via @yalealumnimag #YaleEnvironmentalDialogue #40BigIdeas pic.twitter.com/saQ6d0b5xz— Yale F&ES (@YaleFES) January 6, 2020
Decarbonising depends on driving innovation with incentives that engage the world’s clean energy generation, says David Etsy, an environmental lawyer at Yale University #OpenFuture https://t.co/g2fbW7Ro25— The Economist (@TheEconomist) December 15, 2019
Change is coming, but it won't be from the generation that currently holds political power: Dan Esty on how generational pressure is key to climate action https://t.co/lg86kTaIZ7 via @bigthink #YaleEnvironmentalDialogue #40BigIdeas pic.twitter.com/rnkaifThg3— Yale F&ES (@YaleFES) January 13, 2020