Harvard Thinks Green: Big Ideas from 6 All-Star Environment Profs

On December 8th, six “all-star environmental professors” came together at an event called “Harvard Thinks Green” and presented short, TED-style talks about the environment and strategies for reversing climate change. The event started with James McCarthy (Professor of Biological Oceanography) asking the question (see above), “Is it too late to avoid serious impacts of climate change?” A good question to ask given that 2010 witnessed the biggest annual jump in global carbon emissions—5.9%. This set the stage for Richard Lazarus (Professor of Law) to discuss ways that our political system could become more responsive to the crisis. (Did you know that Barack Obama only mentioned climate change once in public last year? Just once?) And then Rebecca Henderson (Co-Director of the Business and Environment Initiative) tries to make the difficult case that money-making and saving the world can go hand-in-hand — that capitalism can become environmentally sustainable. You can watch the remaining talks online here, or on iTunes here.

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  • Hanoch says:

    Why is it a “difficult case” to tie “money-making” to environmentalism? The more energy you consume, the less money (or, if you are a business, the less profit) you have. Every time I tell my 9 year old to turn the light off in a room he has left to save on my electric bill, I become a de facto environmentalist.

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