Climate change is the defining issue of of our generation. Although a body of research 50 years old has studied and characterized the issue, there remain huge uncertainties about the outcomes and severity of pushing the global energy balance too far outside equilibrium. We’re already seeing effects such sea level rise, arctic pack ice reduction, higher mean temperatures, more severe and frequent storms, desertification, and so on. These changes disproportionately effect populations that are both low emitters and more vulnerable to damage due to a changing climate.
Our challenge is to facilitate discussions and decisions at the University of Waterloo that position various communities within the University to contribute to progress in emissions reductions to control the carbon budget before it passes its critical point.