A real climate breakthrough requires nothing short of a radical imagination and a profound cultural shift. In this University of California Regents’ Lecture, nationally recognized sustainable development practitioner Denise Fairchild will introduce her new Climate Breakthrough project, funded by a $3 million award aimed at advancing transformative solutions to the climate crisis. Fairchild calls for addressing the cultural dimensions at the root of the crisis in a revolution grounded in optimism and possibility, as opposed to sacrifice and despair.Fairchild, who earned her doctorate in urban planning from UCLA in 1987, has spent 40 years working at the intersection of climate, economics and equity. She is president emeritus of Emerald Cities Collaborative, a nonprofit aimed at creating local economies that are sustainable, just and inclusive, and co-author of the book “Energy Democracy, Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions.”
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