"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Two Campus Events This Week

Compare and contrast:

  1. Climate action workshop sponsored by United Student Activists
    Description:
    United Student Activists will be presenting a workshop conducted by Rising Tide to connect the overarching crisis of climate change and the grassroots struggles of communities resisting the fossil fuel industry's assault on their land and culture.
    Time: Mar 26, 7-9 p.m.
    Location: Mezes Hall 1.120

  2. Experts discuss climate change and its predicted effects on the world
    Description:
    Sponsored by Engineers for a Sustainable World, climate experts from Hewlett-Packard Company and the World Wildlife Fund will provide an overview of climate change and its predicted effects on various regions of the country as well as the world, and their responses to the challenges that climate change presents.
    Time: Mar. 27, 6-8 p.m.
    Location: Jackson Geological Science Building, Room 2.216
Both of these events don't appeal to me at all. (Follow the links.) Surely there is some potential for some sort of a middle ground between these unfortunate misfires.

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