Many people experience vague but inescapable fears of the coming climate catastrophe.
Paris Climate Talks: Now What?
Monday, February 8, 2016
It's been nearly two months since the COP 21 negotiations in Paris concluded. Opinions of the effectiveness of the talks vary--some hailing it as a bold move toward public problem solving to others calling it a fraud. In January, Christiana Figueres, the UN climate change official who guided the negotiations for six years, sounded guardedly optimistic, saying that the agreement kindled "a huge flame of hope."
The end of the world
Monday, January 11, 2016
Dystopia is definitely the place to be right now. I wonder what this trend means for our work encouraging young people to take ethical action.
IAP: Radius' Picks!
Monday, January 4, 2016
Each January, MIT offers the community an opportunity to explore topics and activities that may not be available during the regular academic year.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Now that everyone has headed home following the Paris climate talks, it's time to analyze, discuss and figure out next steps. As Bill McKibben wrote, "This agreement won't save the planet. It may have saved the chance to save the planet (if we all fight like hell in the years ahead)."
Although a group of 195 nations agreed to a landmark climate agreement, it's up to all of us to ensure that governments uphold their stated goal of allowing the earth's temperatures to rise no more than 2 degrees Celsius.
No Easy Decision
Monday, November 16, 2015
Earlier this month, after years of debate and discussion, President Obama has said no to the Keystone XL pipeline. For us here at Radius, this decision brought a sigh of relief. When examined closely, the project had little long-term value, either economically or environmentally. As the President said, “Ultimately, if we’re going to prevent large parts of this earth from becoming not only inhospitable but uninhabitable in our lifetimes, we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release more dangerous pollution into the sky.”
Re:Making Life at the MIT Museum
Monday, October 5, 2015
Last Wednesday the MIT Museum kicked off "Re:Making Life", a series of four conversations about synthetic biology. How are scientists using innovative techniques to modify organisms, and for what purposes?
This past Monday, MIT's Climate Change Conversation Committee released their findingsfollowing a ten-month effort to engage the MIT community in dialogue about climate change. The "conversation" leadership team, headed by Maria Zuber, VP for Research, will review the report and make formal recommendations to President Reif.
The Right Side of History
Sunday, May 31, 2015
This past Saturday, over 220 young people, ages 13-18, took over the Stata "Street" and lecture halls as we hosted the 9th Annual Youth Summit on Climate Change. It was a beautiful sight! It has been an honor and a pleasure working with the Boston Latin School's Youth Climate Action Network, the organizer of the summit, for almost a decade.