High-level dialogue with Mr. Prakash Javadekar and Jeffrey Sachs

September 28th, 2015: Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development (CUCSD), ECO SIPA, South Asian Association (SAA) and Sabin Center on Climate Policy, Hosted a high-level dialogue with:

  • Prakash Javadekar, Honorable Minister for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change,
  • Michael Gerrard, Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law,
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

We hope you enjoyed the discussion as much as we did.  View footage here:




Ecomodernism and the Anthropocene: Humanity As a Force for Good

Ecomodernism and the Anthropocene

Humanity As a Force for Good


No sooner had two earth scientists declared that humans had so significantly altered the planet that a new geologic epoch was needed before a firestorm of debate ensued, both within and outside the scientific community. If the Anthropocene, or age of humans, signified a new era, what ought to be our posture toward the future? While some have described the Anthropocene as a world of hurt, others, including the concept’s main popularizers, have imagined the possibility of a good Anthropocene. Writing on efforts to translate these positive visions into reality, the authors in the fifth issue of Breakthrough Journal construct a future of accelerated decoupling, a view of nature as local and constantly changing, an embrace of complexity and pragmatism, and a role for the collective and the individual.


If Global Warming Is So Urgent, Why Is There So Little Action? – A Talk with Per Espen Stoknes

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 – 2:30pm4:00pm

Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Uris Hall, Room 301

The Earth Institute’s Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) presents “What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming,” with Per Espen Stoknes, Author, Psychologist and Economist. 

Book Description
The more facts that pile up about global warming, the greater the resistance to them grows, making it harder to enact measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the inevitable change ahead.

Rich in story and examples, Stoknes reviews recent psychological research and explores emerging strategies for how to overcome this paradox. A more compassionate climate communication can now rely on approaches that employ the power of social networks, reframing, nudging, storytelling and better climate response indicators. Also, the acknowledgement of grief, helplessness and despair can be a deep source of motivation for a grounded hope. Stoknes seeks to answer the fundamental questions: Is humanity up to the task? Or are we humans inescapably locked into short-termism?

In What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming, Stoknes not only masterfully identifies the five main psychological barriers to climate action, but addresses them with five strategies for how to talk about global warming in a way that creates action and solutions, not further inaction and despair.

PerAbout Per Espen Stoknes

Per Espen Stoknes is a psychologist and an economist. An entrepreneur, he has co-founded clean-energy companies, and he spearheads the BI Norwegian Business Schools executive program on green growth. He has previously worked both as a clinical and organizational psychologist and as an advisor in scenario planning to a wide range of major national and international businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions. His research interests include climate and environmental strategies, economic psychology, and energy systems. Teaching areas include green growth, foresight and corporate strategy, behavioral economics and expressive arts. He has written three books, including Money and Soul. He lives in Oslo, Norway.