Climate change is not slowing down and humans are a major factor in its acceleration. That’s the main gist of the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment, published in September 2013. Beyond the headlines, though, what does the report really say about the magnitude of climate change and humankind’s relationship with it? How does the IPCC go about producing these assessments and for what purpose? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do to ensure a hospitable climate that supports health and opportunity for the future of life on Earth?
Over the last decade Susan Burns has built Global Footprint Network into one of the world’s leading scientific organizations addressing global ecological limits. Prior to launching Global Footprint Network, Susan founded the pioneering sustainability consulting firm Natural Strategies. She has over 20 years of experience working with more than 50 organizations on sustainability-related issues and has spoken widely on the subject of sustainability, having addressed audiences at over 100 events.
Dr. Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT.
He is the co-founder of numerous companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, "HowToons" and Makani Power. Griffith has been awarded numerous awards for invention including the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventor's award, and the Lemelson-MIT Student prize. A large focus of Griffith's research efforts are in minimum and constrained energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other applications. Griffith holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, and energy production.
Griffith co-authors children's comic books called "HowToons" about building your own science and engineering gadgets with Nick Dragotta and Joost Bonsen. Griffith is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics. Griffith is a columnist and contributor to Make and Craft magazines.
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.
Gian-Kasper Plattner was born in Basel, Switzerland, and obtained a Ph.D. in Climate and Environmental Physics from the University of Bern in 2001. He held research positions at the University of California Los Angeles, University of Bern, and ETH Zürich. Since 2009 has been Director of Science at the Technical Support Unit of Working Group I "The Physical Science Basis" of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), hosted by the University of Bern.
Thomas Stocker was born in Zürich, Switzerland, and obtained a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences from ETH Zürich in 1987. He held research positions at University College London, McGill University (Montreal), Columbia University (New York), and University of Hawai'i (Honolulu). Since 1993 he has been a Professor of Climate and Environmental Physics at the University of Bern, in Switzerland, and in 2008 he was elected Co-Chair of Working Group I "The Physical Science Basis" of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).