Robert C. Stowe, Ph.D., discusses basic policy approaches to addressing climate change and how raising individual and collective consciousness can contribute to implementing policies and deploying technologies needed to address this global problem. He also talks about the key technologies we currently have to reduce emissions and the additional technological innovation that is required.
Dr. Stowe is Co‑Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (Harvard Project) and Executive Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program (HEEP), both Harvard‑wide initiatives based in Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), the public policy school of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Through the Harvard Project, Dr. Stowe has participated in the annual Conferences of the Parties (COPs) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2007. With the HEEP and Harvard Project team, he has designed agendas for and coorganized 25 research workshops and policy roundtables since 2008. Topics include the United States sulfur dioxide emissions trading system, adoption of energy‑efficiency technology; China’s national carbon‑pricing system; the elaboration and implementation of the Paris Agreement; subnational climate‑change policy in North America; and the governance of solar geoengineering.
Robert C. Stowe, Ph.D., discusses basic policy approaches to addressing climate change and how raising individual and collective consciousness can contribute to implementing policies and deploying technologies needed to address this global problem.
Dr. Stowe is a consultant to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Sustainable Partnership for Rooftop Solar Acceleration in Bharat (SUPRABHA)—an initiative of the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the World Bank, and the Bank of India. He has taught courses on climate‑change policy at HKS and, with the Harvard Project team, designs the curriculum for an HKS executive‑education program on climate change and energy policy.
Dr. Stowe holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in physics from Harvard College. He learned the TM technique in high school in 1971 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and served on the faculty of Maharishi International University (MIU) in Fairfield, Iowa (1990–1995). He continues to teach part‑time in the MIU doctoral programs in management.
Mario Orsatti, the host of TM Talks and Senior Teacher of the Center for Health and Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, interviewed Dr. Stowe on January 16, 2022.
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