Panel 1: Flying and Focusing on the Everyday
The Inner Lives of Climate Scientists
Peter Kalmus, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (speaking on his own behalf)
Climate scientists routinely attend talks about the rapidly dying biosphere after which we ask a few polite questions and then shuffle back to our offices. We also routinely have some of the largest carbon footprints of any humans on Earth due to frequent flights to conferences and meetings. This talk discusses these bizarre tribal practices and inner lives of climate scientists, employing a combination of anecdote and survey (more).
A Strategy for Flying Less in Academic Communities
Parke Wilde, Tufts University
This presentation will (a) briefly review the climate impact of flying, (b) explain the strategic focus on university and research communities, (c) review the wonderful diversity of methods available for universities and professional associations to reduce flying without greatly impairing academic research productivity or quality of life, and (d) summarize responses to common questions or objections that arise in conversations with academics about this issue (more).
The Nature of the “Less than Meaningless” and “Self-righteous, Self-referential, Ascetic Bullshit” in the Anthropocene
Joseph Nevins, Vassar College
This paper interrogates four major ideas: 1) the implicit assumption that nature only unfolds on one scale—that of the biosphere; 2) an understanding of nature as singular, rather than plural; 3) a perception of the individual and collective as distinct; and 4) a failure to appreciate that “nature” is produced in such way that it is inextricably tied to power and inequality (more).
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