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Climate Change from a Systems Perspective with Ty Cashman
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
Presidio Alumni Association welcomes you to attend our June speaker series event, featuring Dr. Ty Cashman who will discuss ethical issues relating to climate change, from a systems thinking perspective.
Dr. Cashman is the former President of the American Wind Energy Association and energy secretary of the state of California. In his role as a technical advisor with Office of Appropriate Technology in California Governor’s Office in the 1970s, he led the development of the first wind farms large enough to power a modern city. He has lectured on ecological systems and systems thinking at a number colleges and universities, including Presidio Graduate School.
Dr. Cashman will be talking about non-linear systems dynamics that are critical to understanding Climate Change. He will discuss the types of abrupt changes that occur in complex systems, called “tipping points”, and distinguishing the power and length of the cascading effect we might expect to experience after reaching the tipping point. Our inability as a civilization to address greenhouse gas emissions over the last 20 years has been due to our inability to grasp the meaning of runaway global heating—how the heat keeps increasing for many generations. Climate Change is a deep moral issue centered around our actions and its impacts on the next 20-50 generations. Although neither science nor economics requires us to think that far ahead, ethics does.
Donʼt miss this opportunity to participate in meaningful conversationwith an icon of sustainability, Dr. Ty Cashman.