Climate Change Talk Takeaway: We Have Thirty Years

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dr D. James Baker, former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the Bill Clinton administration and currently with the Clinton Foundation Global Climate Initiative, explained climate science to an audience of about 90 in the Skyline Room of NJCU School of Business. 

In his presentation, "From Paris to Jersey City: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change," Dr. Baker, a participant in the 2015 United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, described the challenges increased carbon in the atmosphere presents in a warming world, and what nations, groups, and individuals can do to mitigate its effects. A focus was on the benefits of carbon sequestration through forestry,with examples from around the world. These included local trail and landscape initiatives: the Harsimus Branch Embankment and Crossroads projects of the Embankment Preservation Coalition and the City of Trees initiative of the Jersey City Parks Coalition.

Visualizations of data shown suggested that the world has thirty years to stem the rising global temperature or face disastrous consequences. After his talk, Dr. Baker sent a link to a visualization of how global temperature has risen over the past decades.

Photos of the event taken by Len Spiro are available; the talk was also videotaped by jctv and will be viewable there.

Thank you to our contributing organizations: East Coast Greenway Alliance, Farms in the Heights, Friends of Liberty State Park, Friends of Van Vorst Park, Frogs Are Green, Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Pershing Field Garden Friends,
and Riverview Neighborhood Association.