An Optimist’s Take on Climate Change

Instructor:  Paul Kando

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Climate change is a major existential threat, and an “externalized” byproduct of capitalism and the Industrial Revolution. Like so many man-made challenges, it is inseparably connected to other major challenges, including a global economic crisis and energy insecurity. The silver lining: these crises are human engineered. Therefore, even if we can’t undo all the damage already caused, we can still change course. We have access to the knowhow and the technology. Do we have the will?

Paul Kando taught the course “After Capitalism” during the Fall 2018 semester. The original idea for that class came from wrestling with climate change, a root cause of which is the capitalist economy. Educated in Hungary, Paul is a scientist and researcher by training and inclination, with a strong background in solar energy. In 2006 he trained with Al Gore on how to present complex science to lay audiences, using the research on which Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” film was based. He has given over 120 climate-related presentations since then and writes a weekly energy column for the Lincoln County News.