7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


USSB Parish Hall
1535 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101

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Options for reducing climate change abound. But which technologies and policies will make a real difference? Will eliminating fossil fuels do the trick? Is carbon pricing the answer? How about going all electric? And what tradeoffs are implied by our choices? Who gains and suffers the most?

Climate is one of the most complex systems that humans have sought to understand. The world has gotten warmer but the trajectory of climate warming under different scenarios is less certain. Cutting through the rhetoric is not easy. Science-based analysis, backed by data and expert judgement, offers the best opportunity to understand the preferred options for reducing climate warming.

Join us for a special forum led by climate specialists Stan Roden and Kurt Hutterer, who will lead us in using EnROADS, a global climate simulator that allows users to explore the impact that dozens of policies have on hundreds of factors like energy prices, temperature, air quality, and sea level rise. Interactive discussions will encourage participants to recommend solutions and see their projected impacts in real time. Instructions for accessing and using EnROADS are forthcoming.

Stan Roden J.D. is a retired civil trial lawyer whose background includes criminal defense, two terms as Santa Barbara County District Attorney, mediator, and SB Legal Aid volunteer. He has taught numerous courses at local schools (SBCC, UCSB Extension, Antioch University), and served on many community boards and committees, most recently focused on criminal justice reform, environmental sustainability, and climate change. He is an active member of the local chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Karl Hutterer is an archaeologist who has conducted research in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, focusing on long-term human interactions with tropical ecosystems. Following a career in academia, he became Executive Director of the SB Museum of Natural History. Since retiring in 2013, he has devoted his energies to working with organizations fighting climate change, chief among them the Community Environmental Council and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Have questions? Contact CIF Co-Director Jack Eisenhauer at jleisenhauer@gmail.com or John Warnock at johnwwarnock@gmail.com.