Gidon Eshel: “Modeling Sustainability: The Human Unknown”
Introduced by Thomas Bartscherer
Part of the ROSTRUM series, hosted by The Language and Thinking Program at Bard College languageandthinking.bard.edu
Gidon Eshel is the Bard Center Fellow in Physics, Math and Environmental Science. He spoke on the Bard campus on August 23, 2010.
One of the biggest challenges humanity now confronts is anthropogenic (= brought about by human actions) climate change. Yet the enormity and urgency of the task at hand is only surpassed by the manifest unwillingness/inability of governments throughout the world to act. Can individuals change that? Do we even know what to do in case we decide to commit ourselves to change? In my talk, I will introduce the general idea of model building in the physical sciences, and quickly narrow the discussion to numerical models. I will then highlight some climate change related issues that can or are modeled, and what they tell us about the scope of game changing personal decisions open to us.