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Ro Randall

“By the time you folk have finished university, and are maybe three or four years into your first job, that 10 years that has been spoken about is gone. So there needs to be a space where people like yourselves can feel safe enough to talk about what your fears and hopes are for the future.”

David Bookbinder

“It’s important that high school students and even younger than high school students understand what exactly is happening to the planet they’re living on.”

Kim Nicholas

“If I go chronologically, it actually starts with a personal story. So in 2012, I had a beer with my friend Charlie…”

Alice Larkin

“One of my main areas that I’ve focused on for years is just the kind of timeframe to change to make the changes and how that needs to be really rapid. You can’t just rely on huge infrastructure projects because they take ages.”

Jeff Berardelli

JEFF BERARDELLI: So when you take a long term drought due to climate change–mostly due to climate change, not all of it–and then you take…

Radley Horton

RADLEY HORTON: If we look at other things that kill far more people like having heart disease, or, you know, having really bad asthma, or…

Aarne Granlund

“We calculated that 60 to 70% of the Finnish emissions profile is connected to households. How they live, how they heat their home, for example. With that kind of profile, we get about 10 tonnes per person on the average in Finland. That should drop to 2.5 tonnes within 10 years.”

City-scale climate education for Paris

Julien Dossier of the consulting firm Quattrolibri, Raphael Menard of the engineering firm Elioth, and their supporting team are authors of the 2017 sustainability plan…

Energetic links

Photo: Yale students play eight simultaneous games of Energetic in a tournament, November 15, 2019 “I kept thinking, ‘Oh, they thought of that? Wow, they…

Bringing Citizens’ Assemblies to NYC

On February 25, 2020, Archie Kinnane and Richard Reiss of City Atlas gave testimony to the NYC Council on two new bills intended to strengthen…

City-scale climate education for NYC

The top 10% by income – in New York, about 860,000 people – can begin to contribute answers. We need a war effort, and New Yorkers can lead it.

The Green New Deal is the real deal

Like the original New Deal, the Green New Deal is extremely wide-ranging. It addresses agriculture, energy, transportation, economic security, the environment, and the entire social sphere besides.

We turned the future of New York City into a board game

“I am evangelizing about the game to fellow faculty at Vanderbilt.” Jonathan Gilligan, Vanderbilt University “Energetic is an invaluable energy policy tool for understanding the…

Carbon, the city, & Local Law 97

City Atlas plans for 2019 were sketched out during our December 2018 testimony to the NYC Council on Local Law 97. While praising the decarbonization…

Teaching low-carbon living

Law professor Karl Coplan reached the Pacific in June, 2019, after riding his bike from the East Coast. And now he’s written a book about how to live extremely well, and on a tiny footprint.

Chile: a case study in the tension between economics, ecology, and democracy

Last spring, Isadora Nogueira, Barnard college senior and City Atlas intern, studied at the University of Santiago. This summer, Isadora explained to us Chile’s contradictions…