This salon-style event was hosted by Gay Nicholson of Sustainable Tompkins. To begin the discussion, Nancy Menning (Philosophy and Religious Studies) of Ithaca College, and Dave Wolfe (Horticulture) and Lauren Chambliss (Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future) of Cornell University provided some insight into the complex and often subtle explanations for denial, and approaches for moving beyond denial to address important questions regarding solutions.
The People’s Salon: Conversations that Matter to Your Future
The Climate, The Market, and The Commons
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Hosted by The Sustainability Center, 111 N. Albany, Ithaca
April 17: Why are we stuck in climate denial?
May 8: Can business and technology save us?
May 29: Will government intervene?
June 19: Is it up to the citizenry?
Every day, the planet reports in with another example of a climate in disarray. Predictions of near and long-term damage to our economy, our health, and basic life necessities are growing louder and more alarming. Yet, we seem strangely paralyzed in responding appropriately to the threat.
We need to talk. We need to develop a better understanding of why we are so slow to respond, how the structure of our economy both creates the problem and offers solutions, and what (exactly) are we, The People, going to do about protecting our shared future.
The conversation salons will begin with brief sketches by thoughtful citizens of some of the main perspectives on each topic before we open up the discussion to all salon attendees. Come prepared to listen, to be challenged, and to make your voice heard. Watch for our column in Tompkins Weekly and on our website for a briefing on each salon’s topic.