On January 27, 2021, the White House issued an Executive Order declaring a climate crisis and committing to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, placing climate change at the center of US foreign policy and national security. Yet, despite a pause during the pandemic, carbon emissions are projected to rise above their pre-COVID levels as governments attempt to jumpstart their economic recoveries in 2021. How will the US – and the world – transition from a carbon-based economy to one that is greenhouse gas emissions neutral in order to avert this crisis?
Please join us for a Freedman Lecture on April 22, entitled Climate Crisis: Transitioning Away from a Carbon-Based Economy for a lively discussion among three experts who will present different perspectives on how to move forward.
MIT Professor Jacopo Buongiorno will discuss new advances made in nuclear energy production as an alternative to carbon-based energy sources in every sector of the economy.
Brookings Institution Fellow Samantha Gross will share her research on approaches for decarbonizing the heavy transport and industry sectors of the economy, which are difficult to electrify.
UMass Amherst Professor Robert Pollin of the Economics Department and Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) will present his vision for a Global Green New Deal.
The panel will be moderated by Krista Harper, Acting Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and Professor of Anthropology & Public Policy
The Annual Freedman Lecture is sponsored by Robert J. Rosen '69 and Nancy J. Rosen '70, in memory of her parents, Max and Ruth Freedman.