Monday, Jun 01, 2020 7:00p -

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Boston, MA 02134

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Presentations start @ 7pm.

Log in as early as 6:30pm for music and slides.

Global pandemics aside, climate change remains the most critical threat to human survival. A shortage of collective will, however, continues to be the biggest obstacle to positive change. How can our society/culture/globe-of-villages reach consensus on progress, and what type of change is possible? Climate activist Curt Newton can help us answer some of those questions.

Curt uses Climate Interactive's En-ROADS simulation model to help organizations approach the challenge from a public policy perspective. We'll look at a variety of factors including energy, transportation, industry, population growth, land use, and others. None of these are siloed. They are all interconnected, and the corollary impact on climate change from any one, or multiples, of these constantly fluxuating categories is nearly impossible to predict. That's where En-ROADS really shines.

The En-ROADS tool is science-based and allows us to literally move the needle on any of the factors, resulting in countless scenarios. With Curt's help, we'll analyze the different simulated outcomes, explore ways to increase climate literacy, and discuss reforms that institutions can enact now to mitigate political and environmental harm in the future.

Other questions up for discussion:
• Studies prove that more data and more accurate models do not necessarily inspire action on climate change. How is En-ROADS different?
• En-ROADS gives us ways to envision tolerable global temperatures and sea-level rise in the next century. How can these scenarios inspire engagement and action?
• What are the most successful ways of motivating people and institutions to make the changes necessary in the short run in order to secure significant long term benefits?
• This is an interactive workshop with many opportunities for audience participation. Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

$5. Students and Members free.

About the speaker:
Curt Newton is Director of MIT OpenCourseWare, which freely shares materials from thousands of MIT courses used by millions of learners and educators around the world. Prior to joining OCW in 2004, he worked at AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs as a communications network systems engineer and co-founded a data network equipment startup.
Curt serves on the steering team of 350 MA and is a trained Climate Reality Project Leader. Curt co-produced and co-hosted 3 seasons of the Climate Conversations podcast; helped launch and build the ClimateX online climate change community that became MIT’s climate portal; and was staff representative on the MIT Climate Action Advisory Committee.

Curt’s participation in a 2016 World Climate Simulation game introduced him to Climate Interactive’s work. He learned to facilitate World Climate, with a personal interest in reaching high school communities (being a parent of two young people). He has facilitated En-ROADS games and workshops for high school classes and enrichment programs, graduate-level education students, a global network of education innovators, workplaces, citizens, and the MIT community.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Curt to the Long Now Boston community.

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