Citizens’ Climate Lobby

CCL Training: Extended Q&A with Dr. Andy Hoffman

December 13, 2019



Join our November 2019 speaker, Dr. Andy Hoffman, University of Michigan, for an extended Q&A featuring CCL volunteer questions that we didn't have time for during our monthly call.

Solving climate change — and saving civilization as we know it — will require a major systemic shift in our culture. Dr. Hoffman maintains that we are in a societal moment akin to a new era of enlightenment and joins us to talk about the system-level changes to our thinking needed in the anthropocene and the role of business in the great rethinking of our economy. Dr. Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. He has published 16 books, including How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate and Re-engaging with Sustainability in the Anthropocene Era: An Institutional Approach.

Skip ahead to the following section(s):

  • The critical role of business engagement on climate action with its associated opportunities (1:44)
  • Encouraging companies to be first movers towards solving climate change (5:12)
  • Fundamentally rethinking the transportation industry, consumers vs. producers (10:25)
  • Whether carbon fee and dividend policies violate the concept of a free market (12:41)
  • The influence of the military in climate change (15:14)
  • Changes impacting the broader public conversation on climate change (16:57)
  • Changes in our cultural self-awareness (24:15)
  • Encouraging people to live their lives to reduce energy use (29:37)
  • Artists and sports figures influencing public opinion on climate change (33:29)
  • How climate change has affected real estate prices & development (38:21)

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