''Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren't We?''
There is no issue more urgent than climate change, yet government, corporations, and the public are reluctant to change. This conference will examine the psychological factors, money and politics, and infrastructures that impede change as well as the difficult choices that must be made to foster urban resilience in the face of climate change. We aim to make clear how these factors can be overcome and identify areas in which more research is needed. Speakers include experts in the social sciences, philosophy, architecture, environmental engineering, city planning, politics, and business.
Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council, will deliver the keynote address, Thursday, April 24, at 6:00pm. The keynote session will be moderated by Daniel R. Tishman, Chairman and CEO of Tishman Construction, Vice Chairman of AECOM and Chairman of the Board at the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Among the sixteen other speakers are Robert Inglis, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Founder of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative; Guy Nordenson, Structural Engineer, New York, Professor of Architecture at Princeton University, advisor to MoMA's Rising Currents; Michael Oppenheimer, Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University; Elke Weber, Professor of International Business and Earth Institute Professor at Columbia University and Paul Stern, Director of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change at the National Academies of Science.
This conference also publicly launches C6, the Coalition to Confront Climate Change Challenges in Cities, a collaboration between New School faculty and students of all divisions and departments to initiate cross-disciplinary activities that support climate change mitigation and urban resilience. C6 will continue the work of the conference by focusing its efforts on the areas of research identified by the conference as requiring further exploration. This work will involve both students and faculty and The New School