Our goal by 2020 is to educate, inspire and activate 12 million teens and young adults as part of a multigenerational force for carbon reduction and healthy communities.
Alan is an educator and writer from the South Coast of Massachusetts, and calls Nova Scotia, Canada a second home. Alan is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Institute for Shipboard Education, and the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Alan and ACE Alum, Ethan Burke, combined their love of travel with an urgent drive to communicate about environmental issues and co-founded BioTour, a sustainability education program operated from school buses converted to run on waste vegetable oil and solar energy. With BioTour, Alan presented at colleges, and K-12 schools across the country and talked with thousands of people about climate change, renewable energy, and democracy.
In 2009 Alan joined ACE, serving as the Lead Educator in the northeast and contributing to the effort to bring climate education to 1 million students. Alan left ACE in 2011 to write a non-fiction narrative book called BioTour: A Grease-Powered Odyssey about the BioTour journey, and to teach at a place-based elementary school in Maine called the Juniper Hill School.
Alan is pumped to be back home — with ACE and in Boston — delivering climate science to empower to the youth of New England.
Published on Aug 29, 2016
Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times is a course series created by senior research scholars at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. The courses weave the discoveries of the evolutionary sciences together with the humanities such as history, philosophy, art, and religion. The courses in this Specialization draw on the Emmy-award winning film, Journey of the Universe, the book from Yale University Press, and a series of 20 interviews with scientists and environmentalists, titled Journey Conversations.
As part of the Specialization, we investigate the life of Thomas Berry, a historian of world religions known for articulating a “new story” of the universe that explores the implications of the evolutionary sciences and cultural traditions for creating a flourishing future.
The capstone course gives students an opportunity to bring together their learning in a project that explores ways in which the creativity of humans can be more deeply aligned with the creativity of universe and Earth processes.
This short video shows you how to search and browse for content in MarXiv: the free research repository for ocean and marine-climate science. Visit MarXiv at https://marxiv.org/. Documentation for MarXiv may be found at https://www.marxivinfo.org/.
This webinar originally aired on 27 April 2016. Changes in climate affect ecosystems directly and interact with current stressors to impact vital coastal habitats. Adaptive capacity imparted from a system’s natural traits or potential management actions can lessen these impacts. The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tool for Coastal Habitats (CCVATCH) is a spreadsheet-based decision support tool that utilizes a team of local experts – land managers and researchers – to assess the possible interactions of climate change, stressors, and adaptive capacity to understand the climate vulnerabilities of a habitat. The CCVATCH Guidance Document provides background information and assessment questions for each climate-stressor interaction and adaptive capacity considerations. The spreadsheet itself calculates scores for sensitivity-exposure, adaptive capacity, and overall vulnerability. Learn more at http://www.ccvatch.com. This webinar was presented by Jen Plunket of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR, Scott Lerberg of the Chesapeake Bay NERR, and Robin Weber of the Narragansett Bay NERR, and it was co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.
Solar geoengineering, or injecting aerosols into the atmosphere, could dramatically halt the effects of climate change. Harvard Professor of Applied Physics David Keith argues that solar geoengineering could be a radically effective way to halt climate change–and deserves serious, systematic research program by the US government. David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy for 25 years. He took first prize in Canada’s national physics prize exam, won MIT’s prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment. David’s analytical work has ranged from the climatic impacts of large-scale wind power to an early critique of the prospects for hydrogen fuel. He is Professor of Applied Physics at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Richard “Dick” Levins is a mathematical ecologist, and political activist. He is best known for his work on evolution in changing environments and on metapopulations. This interview was done by Doug Morris on August 8, 1995
Published on May 12, 2017
Published on May 12, 2017
Bush mixes humor with humility in Commencement talk
ELYSSA FOLK MAY 22, 2001
So much for Phi Beta Kappa. At the 300th Yale Commencement Monday, President George W. Bush ’68 told the graduates, “C students — you too can be president.”
In a move that symbolized the reconciliation of a man and his alma mater, Bush returned to Yale for the first time in years to receive an honorary degree and speak at Commencement. Following a few bars of “Hail to the Chief,” the president delivered a 12-minute speech that evoked more cheers and laughs than protests from graduates and guests alike. Bush spoke about his present love for Yale, his undergraduate days and the meaning of a college education.
“I’m a better man because of Yale,” he said.
Facing a sea of yellow protest signs, Bush charmed his audience with his Texan drawl and self-deprecating humor. While many booed when Yale President Richard Levin awarded Bush a doctor of laws, Bush quelled any audible protest the moment his first words reverberated on Old Campus, wishing congratulations to all graduates, family and friends.
It is Yale tradition to allow only U.S. presidents to speak at Yale Commencement — former Presidents John F. Kennedy and George H. W. Bush ’48 spoke at past ceremonies — but Bush joked that the stipulations have become even stricter recently.
“Now, you have to be a Yale graduate, you have to be president and you had to have lost the Yale vote to Ralph Nader,” Bush said.
Recalling his undergraduate days at Yale, Bush jokingly talked about his courses, a Japanese Haiku class in particular, and his hours in the Yale library.
“One of my academic advisors was worried by my selection of such a specialized course. He said I should focus on English. I still hear that quite often,” Bush said. “But my critics don’t realize I don’t make verbal gaffes. I’m speaking in the perfect forms and rhythms of ancient Haiku.”
The president graduated in the same class as Yale College Dean Richard Brodhead. With both showing a penchant for Sterling Memorial Library, and its comfortable couches, Bush said he and Brodhead had a mutual understanding.
“Dick wouldn’t read aloud, and I wouldn’t snore,” Bush joked.
While many members of the Class of 2001 may be unsure where their Yale degree will lead them, Bush said he too was not certain what career path to take upon graduation. Before reaching the White House, Bush earned a business degree from Harvard University, worked in the oil industry, was an owner of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers and then became governor of Texas.
“Life writes it own story,” Bush advised the graduates. “Along the way, we realize we are not the author.”
While Bush said a Yale degree can be very helpful along that uncertain path, he said it is not necessary for success — and certainly not political office, making a reference to Vice President Dick Cheney who did not complete his Yale degree.
“If you graduate Yale, you get to become president,” Bush said. “If you drop out, you get to be vice president.”
Bush concluded his speech by acknowledging his estranged relationship with the University and encouraging students to visit Yale soon after graduation.
While Bush did not heed his own advice, he told graduates: “I hope it doesn’t take you as long.”
The lighthearted tone of the president’s speech at Yale contrasted greatly with the commencement address he gave at the University of Notre Dame Sunday. Delivering a political message, Bush called upon graduates there to combat poverty by joining the private sector, especially religious institutions.
“Our society must enlist, equip and empower idealistic Americans in the works of compassion that only they can provide,” Bush said at Notre Dame.
At Yale, Bush sat center stage, clad in a blue robe with stripes on the sleeves signifying his prestigious award. He was flanked by 11 other honorary degree recipients, including former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin LAW ’64, “Law and Order” star Sam Waterston ’62 and former president of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo — whom Bush called his “gran amigo.”
He attended the ceremony accompanied by his wife Laura Bush and National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice, who sat alongside Yale President Richard Levin’s wife, professor Jane Levin, in the front row of seats facing the stage.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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