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Carbon Debt Accrued In This Project
The biggest dilemma faced with this project is balancing the need to get these ideas into the world without contributing massive amounts of carbon emissions in the process. I am trying to cluster as much of the travel as possible and when practical speak via video phone. Also, as Peter Sawtell of Eco-Justice Ministries once suggested in one of his weekly notes, I am trying to ensure the largest audience (or longest time with a smaller audience) as possible wherever I travel, by adding side events, college lectures, and book store readings, to make the carbon expenditure worth its cost to human society and the planet. Regardless, I will surely be paying off the carbon debt accrued from this outreach for the rest of my life. Hopefully, however, the words will speak to readers and listeners and their efforts to transform their cultures will more than offset this debt. Below is a list of past events and a tally of this debt so far.
Total: 23.2 tons of CO2 Emissions
- June 26-28, 2009: Transforming Consumer Research Conference, Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
123 kg of CO2 emissions for the 360 mile round trip drive.
- July 23, 2009: Global Studies Summer Institute: Crossroads: Choices for a Sustainable Future. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(Via web camera so no travel emissions)
- November 25th: State of the World 2010 author Robert Costanza joined a webcast with Tim Jackson and Peter Victor on “An Economy Fit for a Low Carbon World.” You can view the archived version at Earthscan’s website.
(Via the web so no travel emissions)
- November 25th: Greenaccord’s International Forum on the Protection of Nature, Viterbo, Italy
1,632 kg of emissions
- January 12th, 2010: State of the World 2010 Press Conference, Washington, DC
No travel for this teleconference press call
- January 21st: State of the World 2010 Symposium, Washington, DC
- Worldwatch brought in many panelists and speakers specifically for the Symposium. Some were local, a few were Skyped in, but several came from other parts of the US (Boston, New Haven, Seattle, and Oberlin) which led to 1,740 kg of emissions
First wave of European Outreach: UK, Serbia, Finland and Norway. Total Emissions: 2,507 kilograms
- February 3rd: Lecture at Lancaster University, UK
- February 4th: Lecture at the St. Thomas Centre, Ardwick, Manchester, sponsored by the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO). To RSVP email sue.barrett (at) gmcvo.org.uk.
- February 7th: Day-long Workshop at Findhorn Ecovillage, Scotland
- February 12th-13th: Presentations at the Gaia Forum conference, Belgrade, Serbia
- February 16th: RESOLVE Lecture, Surrey University, UK
- February 18th: Launch of Finnish Edition of State of the World 2010, Helsinki, Finland
- February 19th: Public Forum, Helsinki, Finland
- February 23rd: Presentation of State of the World 2010 at the Arctic Institute in Tromso, Norway
- February 24th: Launch of State of the World 2010 to press in Oslo, Norway
- March 9th: John Mulrow at New England Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, Nashua, New Hampshire. Total emissions from this trip: 177 kilograms
- March 12th: State of the World 2010 and Worldwatch researchers Gary Gardner and Robert Engelman spoke at the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment’s annual symposium at the University of Utah’s S. J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah. Total emissions from this trip: 718 kilograms.
Second Wave of European Outreach. Total emissions from this trip: 1,806 kilograms
- March 11-12th: Action Town Workshop, Wuppertal, Germany
- March 15th: Launch of Spanish Edition of State of the World 2010 and public forums, Madrid, Spain
- March 18-20th: Press Launch of German Edition of State of the World 2010 and public forums, Berlin, Germany
- March 24-26th: Press Launch of Catalan Edition of State of the World 2010 and Public forums, Barcelona, Spain
- March 29-30th: Press Launch of Italian Edition of State of the World 2010, Rome, Italy
Other spring events:
- March 24th: 7pm Presentation of The Age of Stupid at DC Environmental Film Fest, and panel discussion, Georgetown University, Washington, DC (no emissions)
- March 31st: Worldwatch Research Fellow, John Mulrow presented an Earthcast online (no emissions)
- April 12: Community Engagement and Cultural Transformation Seminar, Liu Institute at University of British Columbia
- April 13: Metro Vancouver Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogue
- April 13: UBC Centre for Sustainability Public lecture
- April 14: Transforming Cultures Lecture at British Columbia Institute of Technology (total emissions for Vancouver trip: 881 kilograms)
- April 22: Earth Day talk at Allegheny College, Pennsylvania (125 kilograms)
- May 10th, 1.15-2.45 pm, New York City: Erik joined Bill Reis, Juliet Schor and representatives from UNEP and UN HABITAT on a panel on “Eco-footprints and Solid Waste” at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development talks at the United Nations (105 kilograms)
- June 5, 5pm, Crystal City, Virginia: Erik Assadourian presented a talk on Transforming Cultures between showings of R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe at Arena Stage (Traveled by metro <1 kilogram)
- August 9-10, Sacramento, California: Erik Assadourian presented at the CRRA Zero Waste Conference
- August 11-12, Mexico City, Mexico: Erik Assadourian launched the Mexican edition of State of the World 2010 (These two trips were organized together to reduce CO2 emissions. Total 957 kilograms)
- September 12, Los Angeles: John Mulrow presented in a panel “How to Grow, Source, and Cook Sustainably in L.A.” (John traveled from San Francisco, keeping total CO2 to 189 kilograms.)
- September 30, Washington, DC: Erik Assadourian participated in a panel on “The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice,” at 5pm at American University. (Local event: no emissions)
- October 14, Cuneo, Italy: Erik Assadourian presented at Greenaccord‘s VIII International Media Forum on the Protection of Nature
- October 18, Genoa, Italy: Erik Assadourian presented at Feltrinelli Bookstore in Genoa (as part of the store’s eco-month)
- October 19, Torin, Italy: Erik Assadourian presented at Feltrinelli Bookstore in Torin (Total CO2 emissions for Italy presentations: 1688 kilograms)
- November 9, Santa Monica, California: Erik Assadourian presented via video Skype at the Environmental Politics class at Santa Monica College
- November 21, Athens, Greece: Erik Assadourian launched the Greek edition of State of the World 2010 with Organization Earth. (2024 kilograms)
- February 1, 2011, Erik Assadourian presented to a virtual audience of over 450 in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s first webinar in their new webinar series Consumption and the Environment (web event: no travel emissions).
- February 2, 2011, Washington, DC: Erik Assadourian moderated the panel “Between Currywurst and Tofu: How Good Food Makes a Difference,” at the Goethe Institute (local event: no emissions).
- March 4, 2011, Washington, DC: Erik Assadourian participated in the panel “Our Bodies, Our Food, Our Culture,” at the Rebuilding the American Economy–One Heirloom Tomato at a Time conference at the Woodrow Wilson Center (local event: no emissions).
- March 14, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey: Erik Assadourian presented at the PERL Conference at Maltepe University (2053 kilograms).
- March 15, 2011, Istanbul, Turkey: Erik Assadourian presented at TEMA (local event: 10 kilograms)
- March 29, 2011, Atlanta, Georgia: Erik Assadourian presented at a class at Georgia Tech. (205 kilograms for Georgia events)
- March 30, 2011, Kennesaw, Georgia: Erik Assadourian presented at North Cobb High School.
- April 9, 2011, Avon, Connecticut: Erik Assadourian presented at Avon Old Farms High school. (139 kilograms)
- April 14, 2011, Princeton, New Jersey: Erik discussed new sustainable consumption research at the SCORAI Workshop on Socio-technical Transitions, Social Practices, and the New Economics: Meeting the Challenges of a Constrained World. (74 kilograms)
- June 26, 2011, Washington, DC: Erik Assadourian taught Settlers of Catan: A Climate Scenario at Yola Coffeeshop. (Local event: no emissions)
- August 8, Washington, DC: Erik introduced The Age of Stupid at the Goethe Institut, at 6.30pm. (Local event: no emissions)
- August 12, Oslo, Norway: Erik gave the keynote address at the 2011 World Humanist Congress.
- August 16, Copenhagen, Denmark: Erik gave a public presentation on Transforming Cultures, co-hosted by Worldwatch Europe and the European Environment Agency. (Oslo and Copenhagen events: 1687 kg)
- August 19, Washington, DC: Erik taught Settlers of Catan: A Climate Scenario at the Goethe Institut. (Local event: no emissions)
- September 15, Washington, DC: Erik taught Settlers of Catan: A Climate Scenario at the Koshland Science Museum (Local event: no emissions)
- September 23, Portland, Oregon: Erik presented on Transforming Cultures at the ISSP annual conference
- September 25, Portland, Oregon: Erik taught Settlers of Catan: A Climate Scenario at the green Portland Youth Hostel.
- September 27, Portland, Oregon: Erik presented on Transforming Cultures at the NAHMMA/PSI Conference. (Emissions for Portland events: 1033 kg)
- October 4, Austin, Texas: Erik present on Transforming Cultures at SXSW Eco. (Emissions: 669 kg)
- November 8, Hamburg, Germany: Erik will give a closing plenary at Sustainable Consumption: Toward Action and Impact. (Emissions 1627 kg)
- February 4, 2012: Keynote Presentation “A Day in the Life of a Student in a Super Sustainable School” at Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference, San Jose, CA (Emissions for California events 978 kg).
- February 4, 2012: Teaching and playtesting Catan: Oil Springs at BASE conference.
- 29 February, Presentation on Growth in Transition, a new book by SERI that the Transforming Cultures Project contributed to. Location: Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU, Avenue de Cortenberg, 30, Brussels.
- Presentation on degrowth and transforming cultures at Oberlin College, 4 April 2012.
- Playing Catan: Oil Springs 5 April 2012 at Oberlin College.
- Presentation on degrowth 11 April 2012, at State of the World 2012 symposium, Washington, DC. (Local event: no emissions)
- Presentation (via satellite) on “The Path to Degrowth in Overdeveloped Countries,” at the Degrowth in the Americas Conference, May 13-19, in Montreal, Canada. (web event: no travel emissions)