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TED Talk Speaker and Bard College Director Dr. Eban Goodstein on Sustainable Business and Economy on HYSKY Pod

Dr. Eban Goodstein is a leading voice in the battle against climate change, known for his work at Bard College and as an economist, educator, and advocate for sustainable development. His dedication to creating a sustainable future aligns closely with the mission of HYSKY Society to decarbonize aviation. HYSKY had the honor of having Dr. Eban Goodstein as a guest on HYSKY Pod. In this recent podcast, Goodstein shared insights from his journey, emphasizing the importance of perseverance and innovation in building a sustainable world.

Join us in this insightful HYSKY Pod episode with Dr. Eban Goodstein, a renowned educator and climate change advocate, as he delves into key topics shaping our future.

Ted Talk: Three Ways to Change the Future of Climate

On his recent Ted Talk, Dr. Goodstein highlights the critical role of education, policy, and sustainable business in addressing climate change. Through personal anecdotes, he emphasizes the power of activism and civil disobedience in driving meaningful change. Dr. Goodstein outlines three main ways to change the future:

  1. Changing Minds through education and awareness-raising efforts,

  2. Changing Rules by influencing policy at various levels, and

  3. Changing the Game by implementing sustainable business practices to address environmental and social issues.

The challenge in climate education is not just about educating on climate science but also about shifting mindsets towards active engagement and climate repair. Examples of policy influence include protests influencing President Obama's decision on the Keystone oil pipeline and New York's climate policies leading to offshore wind projects and electric vehicle mandates.

Regenerative business practices emphasize designing business models that minimize waste and exploitation, treat workers and communities justly, and compete with traditional models by prioritizing sustainability. Examples of such change include Etsy's commitment to offsetting shipping emissions and the rise of companies making public Net Zero commitments. Individuals are encouraged to choose career paths aligned with these theories of change, whether in education, policy, or sustainable business. Eban urges the audience to envision and work towards a sustainable future, acknowledging the responsibility to future generations.

MBA in Sustainability

Explore Bard College's innovative MBA program that merges sustainability with mission-driven business strategies. Goodstein discusses how this program prepares graduates to tackle social and environmental issues while achieving financial success. In 2009, Goodstein joined Bard College as the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy. There, he launched the MS in Climate Science and Policy and the MBA in Sustainability, among the first programs to integrate sustainability into graduate business education. These programs have been instrumental in preparing future leaders to tackle environmental challenges through interdisciplinary approaches. At Bard, Goodstein also directs the C2C Fellows Program, a national network that provides skills training and career development opportunities to young people aspiring to sustainability leadership. This program equips the next generation with the tools needed to make impactful changes in various sectors.

Electric Vehicle Revolution

Dr. Goodstein discusses the rapid and inevitable transition to electric vehicles (EVs), highlighting the implications of EVs for circular economies and ecological systems. He addresses the ethical challenges in EV supply chains and emphasizes the need for public pressure and policy changes to ensure a just and sustainable transition. Goodstein’s commitment to environmental sustainability began with his academic pursuits. He earned his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. His early career as a professor at Skidmore College and Lewis & Clark College laid the groundwork for his focus on environmental economics and climate policy.

Pioneering Climate Education and Advocacy

In the late 1990s, Goodstein founded the Green House Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting clean energy solutions. This initiative, which included the ambitious "Race to Stop Global Warming," sought to raise public awareness and support for climate action. Although the race faced financial challenges, it highlighted the critical need for innovative approaches to climate advocacy. Goodstein’s subsequent efforts, such as the Focus the Nation teach-ins, engaged thousands of educational institutions in dialogues about global warming solutions, reaching over a million people. These initiatives demonstrate the power of education and community engagement in driving environmental change.

Eban Authoring Economics and the Environment

Goodstein is a prolific author, with influential books such as "Economics and the Environment," "The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment," and "Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming." His writings advocate for just and sustainable solutions to climate change, emphasizing the importance of integrating economic and environmental objectives.

Connecting Eban Goodstein's Work to HYSKY's Mission

Goodstein’s work provides valuable lessons for HYSKY Society’s mission to decarbonize aviation with hydrogen. His emphasis on sustainable business practices, policy innovation, and the importance of perseverance resonates deeply with the goals of HYSKY. Goodstein’s vision for a sustainable future involves businesses adopting regenerative models inspired by ecological principles. For HYSKY, this translates to developing hydrogen aviation that not only decarbonizes aviation but also creates a positive environmental impact. By leveraging Goodstein’s insights and strategies, HYSKY can lead the way in transforming the aviation industry into a model of sustainability.

In conclusion, Eban Goodstein’s work offers a roadmap for HYSKY Society’s mission to decarbonize aviation. His dedication to sustainable business practices, policy innovation, and the power of education and perseverance provide valuable guidance for creating a cleaner, greener future.

Don't miss this engaging conversation packed with insights on how education, sustainable business, and policy can collectively shape a better future.

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