The Cool Davis Initiative, together with International House and Cool California, is organizing a panel discussion on climate change from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at I-House, 10 College Park. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is appreciated.
The speakers will include Nick Buxton of the Transnational Institute, who participated in the last three United Nations climate talks; Chris Jones, a senior researcher from the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley and one of the coordinators of Cool California; and Chris Granger, co-coordinator of the Cool Davis Festival.
The organizers intend to start answering the question of why, despite ever more stark warnings from climate scientists, politicians globally have been very slow to tackle global warming. The most recent U.N. climate talks in Durban were no exception, with little agreed after years of negotiations. What are the reasons for international inaction?
The speakers also will examine whether cities like Davis, which has adopted more ambitious plans to respond to climate change, can demonstrate how strategic investment in a low-carbon future will create healthy, vibrant communities.
Granger will discuss plans being developed for Davis compete to be one of the “coolest” cities in California. Cool Davis aims to recruit as many households as possible across the city to participate in a statewide challenge to reduce household energy and transportation emissions.
Every household that signs up will win points for what they are already doing and the actions they take as a result of the challenge. Davis hopes to be the winner of the Cool City challenge with the highest proportion of households participating and the largest amount of carbon reductions.
There will be opportunities to ask questions and find out how to get involved.
The event will be a zero-waste event. Pre-register at durbantodavis.eventbrite.com.