Bending the Curve Report: Learning from California

In 2015, CGJ Advisory Board member, and renowned Scripps climate scientist, Ram Ramanathan launched an initiative across the University of California system to identify ten scalable solutions to the climate crisis, drawn from California’s experiences and successes.  He invited Fonna Forman to serve as Vice-Chair, focused on the ethical and social dimensions of the project.  The product was a 2015 report called: ​Bending the Curve: 10 Scalable Solutions for Carbon Neutrality and Climate Stability. Empowered by UC Professor Janet Napolitano, the report was assembled by 50 diverse researchers across the University of California.

Bending the Curve presents climate disruption as a complex but solvable problem requiring solutions that integrate science, technology, ethics, policy, governance, finance, ecosystem management, and societal transformation.  The report’s 10 solutions were further elaborated in a set of policy reports, published trough the Collabra, the public access portal of the University of California Press.

With CGJ support, Forman served as lead co-author of a paper on climate justice and public health, with Gina Solomon, UCSF Professor of Medicine and Brown-appointed Deputy Secretary for Science and Health at the California EPA.

In October 2015, Bending the Curve was presented at a high-profile Carbon and Climate Neutrality Summit, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, that included presentations by UC President Janet Napolitano and California Governor Jerry Brown, who carried the report to the COP-21 meetings in Paris.  Bending the Curve is now embraced by current California Governor, Gavin Newsom.

California Governor Jerry Brown speaking about Bending the Curve at UC San Diego in October 2015.

California Governor Gavin Newsom embraces Bending the Curve.

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