Honors Presents Dr. Paul Lachapelle, "Your Roadmap to the Anthropocene: Exploring Career Challenges and Opportunities during the Climate Crisis"
- Monday, April 27, 2020 to Friday, May 1, 2020, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
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Paul Lachapelle is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Montana State University-Bozeman and serves as the Extension Community Development Specialist. His teaching and research spans many disciplines and practices including community climate change resiliency, diversity and inclusion, social impact investing and social justice topics. His publications include the edited book, “Addressing Climate Change at the Community Level” (Routledge 2019) as well as journal articles on energy impacts in communities, democratic practice and local governance, and community visioning and leadership. He earned a Ph.D. (Forestry) at the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation with a focus on natural resource policy and governance and serves as Editor of the Community Development Society Current Issues Book Series and member of the Board of Directors (and past-President) of the International Association for Community Development.
The “Anthropocene” is a term increasingly used to describe this current geological era and the significant human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems primarily as a result of anthropogenic climate change and the development of nuclear weapons. The National Academies of Sciences have issued multiple position statements that humans are changing Earth’s climate, the evidence is clear and compelling, climate change is increasingly affecting people’s lives, and the impacts are having significant effects on infrastructure, agriculture, fisheries, public health, and the ecosystems that support society (NAS, 2020). Hoegh-Guldberg et al. (2019) assert that climate change will be the greatest threat to humanity and global ecosystems in the coming years and caution that increases in global mean surface temperature of 2.0°C or higher than the pre-industrial period look increasingly unmanageable. Steffen et al. (2018) conclude that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth system toward a planetary threshold they term “Hothouse Earth” leading to much higher global average temperatures and sea levels than any in the past 1.2 million years. In this lecture, we explore your role in what members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change refer to as an “unprecedented climate future” in which the balance of life will be pushed to greater extremes than has been experienced in all human history (Holthaus, 2018). As many of you could live to see the year 2100, we will ask, what does the future hold for you in terms of the social, economic and environmental challenges that lie ahead? What types of career opportunities and lifestyle choices could be available to you and your children? How will you navigate this increasingly uncertain and unprecedented future? We’ll explore these and other questions as we lay out your roadmap to the Anthropocene.
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