2019 Phil Lind Initiative: America and the Climate Crisis

January – April, 2019

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America and the Climate Crisis Series Summary:

“The world is nearing the point-of-no-return for catastrophic and irreversible climate change. Without action, the future will be one of mass forced migration, famine, and economic costs in the trillions of dollars. Many of these effects will be felt within the United States, and yet no other country is as deeply divided on climate change. For America, the climate crisis is as much a domestic political crisis as it is a crisis of planetary sustainability. But voices for climate action in America remain strong and there are signs of progress. American activists and philanthropists are increasingly steering the global conservation about how to solve the crisis. Innovation in renewable energy, geoengineering, and artificial intelligence are thriving and may hold the key. American cities have stepped up to assume the mantle of leadership in reducing greenhouse gases when the federal government has failed. There are signs of both promise and peril for America’s climate future. Can the United States overcome its domestic climate crisis to become a global leader for climate action? Or are the forces of extreme partisanship, climate denialism, and dirty industry too deeply entrenched?

The Phil Lind Initiative 2019 series in Term 2 at UBC will explore these questions and more, with visits from some of the foremost intellectuals on the climate crisis including Robert Bullard, Elizabeth Kolbert, Winona LaDuke, Bill McKibben, and Naomi Klein“.


The Phil Lind Initiative

The Phil Lind Initiative is an annual dialogue series and course hosted by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and is made possible by a generous gift from Philip Lind (BA’66, LLD’02).  The initiative invites prominent scholars, writers and intellectuals to UBC to share ideas with students, faculty and the wider community on some of the most urgent issues of our time.

The Phil Lind Initiative values open, inclusive dialogue and a range of perspectives on these issues, and we strive to represent a diversity of gender, culture, ethnicity, professional background and more in our programming.

Advisory Board

Philip Lind, Founder
Barbara Arneil, Professor/Head of Department, Department of Political Science
Victoria Auston, Executive Director, Development & Alumni Engagement
Max Cameron, Professor, Department of Political Science
Kathryn Gretsinger, Senior Instructor, Graduate School of Journalism
Richard Johnston, Professor, Department of Political Science
Taylor Owen, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Journalism and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Moura Quayle, Director pro tem, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Paul Quirk, Professor, Department of Political Science

Lind Team

Taylor Owen, Academic Director, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Journalism and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC
Justin Alger, Lind Fellow and Sessional Instructor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Department of Political Science, UBC
Rebecca Monnerat, Project Manager, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC
Lindsay Marsh, Manager, Communications and Program Development, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC