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Toward Climate Pragmatism, Virtual Lecture by Armond Cohen
Please join us for a virtual public lecture on Monday, October 12 at 7 pm EST by Armond Cohen titled Hedgehogs and Foxes: Toward Climate Pragmatism. Mr. Cohen is the founder and Executive Director of the Clean Air Task Force and is the 2020 recipient of Dickinson College’s Rose-Walters Prize for Global Environmental Activism. The talk is free and open to the public. We hope that you will attend and we encourage you to share this announcement with others.
Hedgehogs and Foxes: Toward Climate Pragmatism. Climate change is the consequence of the uncontrolled use of fossil fuels, providing 80% of our energy, burned in billions of machines. It took us two centuries to create this complex global industrial system. Now we must replace it in a few decades with zero carbon machines while providing much more energy for the world’s poor. The philosopher Isaiah Berlin once cited a fable about two kinds of thinkers: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Hedgehog thinkers embrace single solutions to problems, while foxes see complexity, contingency, and risk. Climate pragmatism embraces multiple strategies and technologies, and a variety of market and policy approaches, to find what works. This is the moment for foxes, not hedgehogs.
The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism awards $100,000 annually to individuals and organizations who have made a defining difference by advancing responsible action on behalf of the planet, its resources and people. Mr. Cohen is the 9th recipient of the prize. Learn more at https://www.dickinson.edu/Cohen.
This event is co-sponsored by Dickinson College’s Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Center for Sustainability Education at Dickinson College.
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