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Teach-In: Post-Carbon Futures in a Fact-Challenged Present

  • The Kislak Center in Van Pelt Library, 6th Floor 3420 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

Post-Carbon Futures in a Fact-Challenged Present

Participants at COP22, a follow-up on the Paris climate agreement, stage a public show of support for climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco, on Nov. 18. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Participants at COP22, a follow-up on the Paris climate agreement, stage a public show of support for climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco, on Nov. 18. (AP Photo/David Keyton)

Domestic American politics have long played a role in climate negotiations, including in the current federal administration’s announced plan to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. In contrast to the guarded optimism of climate change activists after COP21 in Paris, the emotional climate after the recent COP23 in Bonn was notably gloomy.

Nonetheless, state and city leaders insist #WeAreStillIn, the hashtag used by a coalition of 2,500 leaders from city halls, state houses, boardrooms, and college campuses. who have signed the “We Are Still In” declaration. In the vacuum created by a lack of federal leadership, this coalition and others are organizing across local contexts to bring about a systematic response to urgent environmental issues.

As we study and engage the present and future of the carbon economy, this roundtable brings together experts on energy transitions past and present as well as energy and health policy at the state and local level.

Panelists:

  • Brian Black – Distinguished Professor, History and Environmental Studies, Penn State Altoona, author of Petrolia
  • Christine Knapp, Director, City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability
  • Pouné Saberi – Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • John Quigley – Founding Director Center for Environment, Energy & Economy, Harrisburg University

Moderated by Bethany Wiggin, Associate Professor of German, Founding Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities