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John Byrne, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the U. of DE, gave a talk, “Our Grandchildren’s Climate,” on March 13, 2011 in Wilmington, DE as part of the Wilmington in Transition (WIT) Spring Series, “Four More Sundays for Wilmington.”


He said that he wanted to tell us about the problem we are facing with the climate and give us his thoughts on how to solve it.  He believes that the bottom-up models, like the Transition Town movement, work well.  Because what we are doing now impacts the future of the planet, he gave his talk the title, “Our Grandchildren’s Climate.”


When asked, How do we get the public on board? John said,

It is a lot of work, but do not despair, and here is why. After George W. Bush pulled the U.S. out of the Kyoto Protocol, 34 states set targets for renewable energy. Our current political system does not handle these problems well, but lots of citizens and young people are embracing renewable energy and reducing their carbon footprints. We need to talk with one another about these issues in all of our social, religious, political, neighborhood groups, etc. all the time. The stakes are too high. We need to make this information available to our children.  They are counting on us to do our part.