Speaking Event: Individual Matter

When & Where
The Commonwealth Club - SF
595 Market Street 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA
February 12, 2013 - 6:00pm
415 597 6700


Carol Wagner, Ph.D., Author, But Will the Planet Notice?; Economist, Environmental Defense Fund

Christopher Jones, Researcher, CoolClimate Network

Environmental advocates urge individuals to start reducing their carbon footprint by taking one simple action such as changing light bulbs or going meatless one day a week. If everyone did that the carbon savings would be substantial, the thinking goes. Are such starter steps the beginning of a lifelong journey or actually deceptive, even counterproductive? Wagner argues that individual action is trivial and policy is what ultimately matters. Others contend technology (including nuclear power and genetically engineered crops) are vital to crafting a secure future. If the answer is individual and collective action – “all of the above” – what area should receive most public attention and resources? Proponents argue that it is not a question of "or" but of emphasis and priority. Come join in a conversation about markets, individuals, technology and how to bend the carbon curves in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

Cost: $20 standard,  $ 12 members $7 students (with valid ID)