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Sunday, October 20 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Environment: Thinking into the Future

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Why is it so damn difficult to make the changes that will be needed to avert environmental catastrophe? One reason is short-term thinking. In her fascinating new book, The Optimist’s Telescope, Bina Venkataraman, former advisor on climate change in the Obama administration, explains that for most of us, future scenarios seem vague and abstract, while what we want today is felt vividly, almost as a craving. Furthermore, the current costs of dealing effectively with the problem are deemed too high, regardless of the greater future costs to humanity of doing nothing. Governmental and corporate long-range, imaginative thinking is required, yet individuals must also be able to imagine and enact the future we want. That’s where Tatiana Schlossberg’s Inconspicuous Consumption comes in. Using accessible and witty prose, Schlossberg looks at four areas—technology, food, fashion, and fuel—and reveals the hidden ways that our consumption contributes to climate change. In the end, what will save us all is becoming well informed and holding our leaders accountable for inaction on climate change. Join us for an urgent and spirited conversation about present actions and future thinking, led by Andrew McAfee, author of More from Less.

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Andrew McAfee

Andrew McAfee is a scientist, writer, and researcher at the forefront of exploring how the digital world impacts our present and our future. He is the codirector of the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT, as well as principal research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management... Read More →

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Bina Venkataraman

Bina Venkataraman is a writer and leader who currently teaches in the program on science, technology, and society at MIT and serves as the Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. She is also a journalist and has recently been named as the editorial... Read More →
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Tatiana Schlossberg

Tatiana Schlossberg is a former reporter and science writer who covered climate change and environmental policy and politics. She previously worked for the New York Times and the popular morning news column New York Today, as well as wrote columns for Bloomberg View. A graduate of... Read More →

Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Bolling School Committee Room 2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA, 02119