The BARD Center for Environmental Policy, founded in 1999 and located in New York’s Hudson Valley, offers students advanced degree programs in environmental policy, helping to train the next generation of leaders and policy-makers committed to tackling issues of sustainability and stewardship of the environment.
BARD stresses the vital importance of integrating the perspectives and values of various disciplines – science, economics, ethics, and policy – by which a path toward real and lasting solutions to environmental crisis is found. But education isn’t just for the academic, especially in matters so urgent and effecting us all. The more people understand the issues from varying perspectives, the better chance there is of finding a way out of this particular corner of history in which we now find ourselves.
In that spirit, and proposing that the fall of ’09 is a “landmark” year in human history, BCEP is making available a free bi-monthly National Climate Conference featuring top climate scientists, political leaders, and policy analysts. The half-hour conversations will be available via telephone on the first and third Wednesday of each month through December at 3PM Eastern time or Noon Pacific time (though for September the schedule is actually the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays – see the schedule below to avoid unnecessary confusion).
The first of these phone conversations was held on September 9th featuring Dallas Burtraw from the Washington think tank Resources for the Future. This session, called US Policy: Eyes on the Prize, is available via podcast (as will all subsequent sessions).
Upcoming events for the National Climate Conference:
- Sep. 23 – Stephen Schneider, Stanford University: “Meaning of Business as Usual”
- Oct. 7 – Bill McKibben, 350.org: “Climate Citizens”
- Oct. 21 – Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism Solutions: “Business on Board”
- Nov. 4 – Andrew Revkin, New York Times: “Copenhagen Prospects”
- Nov. 11 – Hon. Ed Markey, D-MA: “What Washington Needs”
- Nov. 18 – Mohan Monasinghe, Vice Chair, IPCCC: “China, India, and the US”
- Dec. 2 – David W. Orr, Oberlin College: “Educators, Citizens, Copenhagen and Beyond”
- Dec. 16 – Jessy Tolkan, Energy Action Coalition: “Spring 2010: The Youth Voice”
The call-in number for the conferences is 1-712-432-3100
Conference code: 253385
Questions can be submitted for any of the presenters prior to each conference