Special Panel: Making Sense of the 2016 Presidential Election
Recorded on November 9th, the day after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, event co-organizer Ken Hiltner invites all conference participants to take part in an open discussion of what the election of Donald J. Trump means not just for us today, but also for the world in 2050.
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0:00 So, during this Nov. 2016 conference,
0:06 which takes as its theme The World in
0:09 2050, something altogether extraordinary,
0:12 almost unthinkable happened. And that is
0:15 that the world in 2050 changed,
0:17 significantly – and not I fear for the
0:21 better. I know, I am making it sound like
0:25 something out of a sci-fi, or more to the
0:27 point, a cli-fi novel where some event,
0:32 so epically important, that it forever
0:35 changed the timeline so that
0:38 decades later millions, maybe
0:41 billions, of people will be effected.
0:43 But I have to say that I believe that the
0:47 election yesterday of Donald J Trump, the
0:51 2016, November 8th election election of
0:55 Trump, may well be one of the most
0:58 significant events in the early part of the
1:00 twenty-first century. I not really sure
1:03 what would compete with it, maybe
1:05 something like the very
1:07 important agreement coming out of the
1:09 COP21 in December of last year. I
1:13 think that these two events may well be
1:16 forever yoked together in history.
1:20 It’s not just because of what Trump
1:23 may do. For example, regarding the
1:27 COP21, he may renegotiate that agreement.
1:30 But it’s also what he might undo:
1:34 Fifty years of environmental activism &
1:36 legislation, starting in the 1960s and
1:40 ’70s with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water
1:42 Act, Solid Waste Disposal Act, the EPA,
1:46 leading up to and including things
1:51 like the Obama Clean Power Plan, which
1:53 Trump may very early in his
1:55 administration completely rescind.
1:58 It is unclear exactly what will happen,
2:02 but it seems clear that it will
2:07 effect generations out from
2:10 where we are now. So, the organizers of
2:14 this conference, John and I and everyone
2:16 else involved, wanted to take the
2:20 opportunity to give everyone who
2:23 is participating in the conference
2:25 the opportunity to weigh in on this.
2:27 You know, there are some wonderful
2:29 panels going on, some exciting Q&As, and
2:32 I really don’t want to take any
2:33 attention away from those. But,
2:36 given the timing of this event, I thought
2:39 that it would be important
2:44 for us to clear a space for discussion.
2:46 So, that space is below the video you’re
2:50 watching. Feel free to to comment. It
2:53 would be great to get a discussion
2:55 going in order to try to make sense of
2:59 what, for a lot of us, doesn’t make a
3:01 whole lot of sense – and has kind of
3:03 stunned us. So, I will not make you listen
3:07 to me any further, but do please
3:10 comment and let’s try to to think about
3:14 this together. Okay, thanks.
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