OneClimate is an initiative dedicated to creating a sustainable, just and habitable world and the pathways to get there. OneClimate moves beyond the politics and dialogue of global climate change by leveraging UC Davis’ own unique blend of cross-disciplinary problem-solving, allowing us to merge disciplines to create entirely new ways of thinking about the world, for the world.
The phrase “global warming” drums up all sorts of thoughts and feelings in our small and rapidly shrinking world. To some, it’s the unraveling of humanity – the end of planet Earth as we know it. To others, climate change is a simple fact of life, something that has always and will continue to happen, no matter the cause or condition. And still others consider global warming through the lens of winners and losers, the “haves” and the “have nots,” banking on technology and innovation to once again save the day…just to name a few perspectives.
But regardless of the many differing ideas, one thing is clear: Global warming, or more accurately global climate change, is arguably the single most defining issue of the 21st century. How we collectively react to climate change will determine the fate of humanity and chart the course of modern history for many decades to come.
The challenge facing humanity is manifold: We need to rapidly remove greenhouse gas pollutants from the atmosphere, create a vibrant and climate-smart workforce, and generate sustainable ways of thinking and behaving – all the while adapting to the impacts that have already been set in motion.
At UC Davis, we believe that we can work harmoniously with differing viewpoints to solve the challenges of global climate change and reinvent the world in which we live – giving rise to a 21st century economy and new jobs across all sectors of society. We are optimistic about the power of collaboration and cooperation in finding innovative solutions to a rapidly changing climate and planet. We are prepared to make a positive impact on society and focus on solutions rather than miring ourselves in the problems.
OneClimate represents a unique, interconnected approach to addressing the world’s most pressing problems designed to leverage the broad expertise at UC Davis to develop practical solutions for a sustainable future in the face of a rapidly expanding global population. OneClimate recognizes that we are all in this together, regardless of discipline, status, color or creed. We must be open, creative, agile, non-linear (dynamic), and transformative to make a real-world impact.
Please join us. We can create a whole new world by working together.