Clark Miller, Arizona State University, 2016 Energy and Society Symposium

ASU Insight: 2016 Energy & Society Symposium: After Paris - Energy, Carbon & Society in Global Transition

By

Ken Fagan

Opening remarks from:

Clark Miller - Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability - Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society - Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

David Guston - Founding director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society - Interim co-director of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society - Co-director of ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes - Principal investigator and director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University.

Gary Dirks - Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability - Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability - Julie A. Wrigley Chair, Practice of Sustainable Energy Systems, School of Sustainability
- Director, LightWorks - Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

The December 2015 Paris climate deal marks a major turning point in the global debate about energy change. In its wake, societies around the world confront the pragmatic challenge of transforming the world's energy systems from bottom-to-top. This transformation raises profound and complex questions at the intersection of energy, carbon and society.

How are carbon and the energy infrastructures built around it wrapped up in our forms of cultural, economic and political organization—and how will these change as we decarbonize energy systems?
What will energy transitions look like, and how will they shape future societies?
How will our energy futures reflect our energy pasts-and what can we learn from past energy transitions to inform future pathways?
How do we manage the complex processes of socio-technical change entailed in energy systems change?
How can we ensure that the benefits, costs and risks of energy transitions are distributed justly across diverse communities in global chains of energy supply and demand?
Join us as we take up these questions in conversation with two of today's most important and provocative thinkers about energy and society.