Ostrander takes fresh look at climate change

BAR HARBOR –– Calla Rose Ostrander, strategic advisor to individuals and organizations committed to stabilizing Earth’s climate, will speak about new and innovative approaches to problem solving at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum in the McCormick Lecture Hall on Tuesday, April 25, at 4:10 p.m.

A dedicated climate activist, Ostrander will share her work with businesses and policy makers, philanthropists and nonprofits to bridge science, policy and politics to develop managerial techniques that benefit the planet as well as the people. Ostrander also will facilitate a conversation on how our actions locally might fit into the greater puzzle of climate change solutions.

“I am hoping to share with you the work I do in California alongside a dedicated and motivated group of people,” Ostrander said, “and to learn from you what ideas are circulating on your campus, community and in the spheres you occupy.”

Ostrander focuses her work on climate problems and solutions not frequently noted elsewhere. For example, she was inspired by a Marin Carbon Project with the University of Berkeley, where researchers found that agricultural management practices have the power to use soils as carbon sinks, thus containing much of the carbon that is being expelled into the atmosphere.

“New and innovative approaches to problem solving and solution creation are needed to change the trajectory of emissions and rebalance the global carbon cycle,” she said.

Current policies, she said, such as those based on the Montreal Protocol and programs of the U.S. Clean Air Act, treat carbon and methane emissions as isolated pollutants and not as the complex, abundant and crucial building blocks of life that they actually are.

“The emissions regulation framework we currently have does not offer a complete picture of what must be, in its basic sense, a rebalancing of the major elemental cycles on the planet,” she said.

Ostrander holds a bachelor’s degree in international political economics from the University of Puget Sound. She spent 10 years working in municipal climate policy in Aspen, Colo., and San Francisco, Calif., as a leader of resilience action and internal sustainability reporting. She also has been an active part of the Earth Economics Program and the Rocky Mountain Institute.

The Human Ecology Forum is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend.

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