1. The Five Thousand Pound Life: Climate Change in the American Mind | Anthony Leiserowitz | Recorded October 2, 2013 | Running time: 17:14

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    On October 2, 2013, during the opening event of The Five Thousand Pound Life, Anthony Leiserowitz gave a talk (excerpted above) framing the different ways in which Americans perceive the threat of climate change, how we understand our collective and individual capacity to address it, and how willing we are to act on our understanding. Leiserowitz examined the underlying values that are reflected in our various views of climate change, and the extent to which those views are based on cultural predispositions rather than scientific data. As the director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, Anthony Leiserowitz has led research studies, repeated over a number of years, that have identified “six Americas,” each responding differently to climate change. His work is based on the premise that communication about climate change can only be effective if it is based on an understanding of the factors that influence how that communication is received.

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  2. Climate Change in the American Mind: Panel | Dale Jamieson, Kate Orff, Anthony Leiserowitz, and Paul Lewis | Recorded October 2, 2013 | Running time: 24:57

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  3. On October 29, 2013, Melissa Lane gave a lecture as part of the Architectural League's Five Thousand Pound Life initiative in which she drew on classical political thinkers to explore a new ideal of citizenship for a sustainable society. Instead of separating the role of citizen from everyday work and family roles, Lane reformulates citizenship as the posture in which individuals carry out those roles in light of a broader understanding of their contribution to (or undermining of) the overall achievement of sustainability. By reshaping our understanding of the division of labor, sustainable citizenship entails a challenging rethinking of professional ethics and architectural practice. A video of Lane’s question and answer session with the League’s Executive Director, Rosalie Genevro, and audience members is presented above.

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  4. The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue (Part 1) | Jeremy Leggett | Recorded May 10, 2014 | Running time: 40:12

    The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue was a symposium on energy and architecture organized by The Architectural League and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) in May 2014. Learn more at archleague.org/5kl.

    In his keynote address, Jeremy Leggett addressed the systemic risk that climate change poses to energy markets. As chairman of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, he guided the narrative of the “Carbon Bubble,” changing the conversation around investment and regulation in the energy industry. He discussed the nature of intersecting risks from climate, the carbon bubble, the shale surprise, and the oil shock, demonstrating how financial-sector shock permeates all of them.

    Leggett is the founder and chairman of Solarcentury—an international solar solutions company—and SolarAid—an African solar lighting charity. His latest book, The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance examines the interdependent risks of global oil supply, climate shock, and financial collapse.

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  5. The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue (Part 2) | Kate Gordon in conversation with Rosalie Genevro | Recorded May 10, 2014 | Running time: 32:15

    The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue was a symposium on energy and architecture organized by The Architectural League and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) in May 2014. Learn more at archleague.org/5kl.

    As part of that symposium, Rosalie Genevro, the League’s executive director, interviewed Kate Gordon, Vice President and Director of the Climate and Energy Program at Next Generation. A nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development, Gordon discussed current shifts in the policy landscape at the local, state, and national levels. Her work, in part, attempts to guide climate discussions from the environmental realm to the business sector where they might gain greater legislative traction in the United States.

    Gordon is also the executive director of Risky Business, a joint initiative co-chaired by former Mayor of the City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr., and former Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management Thomas P. Steyer.

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The Five Thousand Pound Life

The United States faces two immense and inextricable challenges: how to reimagine the American way of life to address the impacts of climate change, and how to build a new and robust economic structure that offers viable and sustainable livelihoods and…


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The United States faces two immense and inextricable challenges: how to reimagine the American way of life to address the impacts of climate change, and how to build a new and robust economic structure that offers viable and sustainable livelihoods and lifestyles across the income spectrum for all Americans. The Architectural League has launched The Five Thousand Pound Life—an initiative of public events, digital releases, and a major design study—as a contribution to what must be a broad collective effort, spanning geographies, generations, occupations, disciplines, and ideologies, to address those intertwined challenges.

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