The Vermont Road to Paris

I was honored to join James Ehlers for an episode of Our Nature on WDEV FM 96.1 for a conversation on how the State of Vermont can achieve the greenhouse gas (GHG) goals of the Paris Climate Accord.  We discussed current GHG trends in Vermont, as well as the latest carbon pricing proposal — the ESSEX Plan — that will be introduced in the state legislature in 2018. Here’s a link to the full interview.

Published by Jon Erickson

Blittersdorf Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy University of Vermont

One thought on “The Vermont Road to Paris

  1. I found Dr. Jon’s Interview very inspiring and the interviewer informed. The call-in audience was typical and focused on what they are doing or believe without any big picture fact check. Yet, Dr. Jon very kindly answered their question(s) and all instances improved upon their call. Apparently, the Essex Plan is somewhat controversial. Could you imagine on Congress and/or President having the ability to know what they are talking about and the vision of how things fit short and long term. And, then have the ability to compromise, execute, monitor, and make changes of improvement along the way. The Ecology for me, is the real war that all humans should be fighting.
    It has taken billion years for the earth to form and less than 10,000 years for humans to put the Earth on the path to destruction. The future can only exist when we understand the universe as composed of subjects to be communed with, not as objects to be exploited. “Use” as out primary relationship with the planet must be abandoned. While there are critical issues in providing food, shelter, and livelihood to vast numbers of people, these issues themselves ultimately depend on our capacity to sustain the natural world so that the natural world can sustain us. All our science and technologies and all our social institution become, if not already are, dysfunctional if the natural life systems cease to function. If there are other civilizations on planets in the Universe . . . We are or becoming a “shit-hole” planet in a geometric progression to total destruction. Where are the leaders? Where is compromise? Where is humility?

    “Do you want to improve the world? I don’t think it can be done. The world is sacred. It can”t be improved. If you.tamper with it, you’ll ruin it. If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.” – Lao-Tzu

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