Divestment from coal was a great step in the right direction, but it remains to be seen if that was a real commitment to future generations. Divestment from coal is arguably just a sound financial move and may have just been cover for a larger commitment to the new face of fossil fuels. Instead, we should apply the same effort to build our carbon-free future.
The Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI) project kicked off the opening of its Central Energy Facility, located near the golf course, with a private tour and reception on Thursday, featuring University President John Hennessy, SunPower President and CEO Tom Werner, and other executives and University officials.
Instead of just encouraging a better-educated population of science enthusiasts, we need to give people the training to engage with the science in a productive, critical manner while holding scientific institutions to the standard of excellence we need.
The senator’s delusion is a reminder to all of us: Solitary research results are not the same as scientific truth. We cannot let politicians delude us in this way. We must value legitimate scientific theory over ideological positions. It is the only way we can continue to build a true understanding of the world and our reality.
The scale and severity of the climate crisis demands that production of all fossil fuels be curtailed. Therefore, Fossil Free Stanford has called for full divestment from oil and gas companies as well. Our work with the administration has thus far been productive, but we are rapidly running out of time in the inexorable march towards irreversible climate change and falling behind in the courageous opposition movement which Stanford helped to catalyze.
While the growing market of animal products should be encouraged for their moral and health benefits, the market is also interesting for its potential to spark one of the greatest changes to the human diet in recent history.
This is more than an environmental issue; what’s at stake is how we communicate, how we find common ground and solve our problems. We must become more thoughtful in how we debate contentious issues. Our community deserves it.
This false balance of two sides to every issue is detrimental to climate change action because it increases a dangerous ambiguity surrounding the issue. At the end of the day, a balanced portrayal of climate change means two sides debating what to do about the problem, not whether or not the problem exists.