Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Way to the Good Life: Political Scientist Matt Hoffman Discusses Decarbonization and Climate Negotiation

In this episode, Matt Hoffman, a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, talks about potential routes toward decarbonization, the process of weaning societies from fossil fuels. His work suggests that the role of international climate negotiations in the future may be different than what we’ve come to expect—they may provide less in the way of binding agreements and more of a source of global goal setting. In this interview, Hoffman offers an entirely new frame for climate change. Rather than negotiating cost distribution among states, as climate negotiations have traditionally done, we ought to frame the topic as a way toward a better society. This re-framing would involve a more concerted look at the benefits of action and what he can hope to gain by addressing climate change collectively.

Bringing the Giants to the Table: Glenn Hurowitz Speaks on Deforestation and Agricultural Supply Chains

In this episode Glenn Hurowitz speaks on his pathbreaking work in eliminating both
environmental and social injustices that pervade the world’s biggest, most entrenched agricultural
supply chains. Glenn is the managing director of Climate Advisors where he has taken the international
lead on ending deforestation for commodity agriculture. In the last year, Glenn has played a major role
in getting the world’s biggest agribusinesses, like Cargill, Wilmar International, and Kellogg, to adopt
policies that will eliminate deforestation in their entire global supply chain. We discuss his recent
headlines and success and what this means for forests around the world, and also about issues with the
industry’s use of the word “sustainability,” and how much we can trust their assurances for change.