PRICING CARBON INITIATIVE
Dialogues for Addressing Climate Change: Collaboration with the Pricing Carbon Initiative
Global warming and climate change may be the greatest coming threat to our collective security. Diminished resources and massive displacement due to rising seas, regional crop failures, destructive storms, and desertification are likely to fuel future armed conflicts as well as increase ongoing communal violence. Climate change is also a divisive political issue—and in order to address the coming challenges, we will need to find common ground.
Karuna Center works with Pricing Carbon Initiative (PCI) to facilitate dialogues that bring together diverse stakeholders in the U.S. who are interested in addressing climate change by taxing or otherwise pricing carbon dioxide emissions. Such an approach could curb greenhouse gases while also generating revenue for the public good.
PCI is a broad network fostering dialogue and encouraging viable solutions that would put a price on carbon pollution in the U.S. We have partnered with PCI to hold national dialogues among stakeholders since 2011, when Karuna Center director Olivia Dreier helped plan and facilitate the Summit for Environmental Leaders that led to PCI’s formation. PCI currently organizes four Pricing Carbon Dialogues per year, with typically 60-70 people in the room, all of whom all working on their own different initiatives in different ways.
In these dialogues, we have found that the idea of pricing carbon is garnering interest from groups that usually have little in common: progressives and conservatives, policy makers and activists, grassroots community organizers and business leaders. By creating a safe space for an array of groups to freely discuss their concerns, we can help foster cooperative solutions to the truly global challenge posed by climate change.