Going BIG for the One Climate Initiative
Muir Institute fellows and researchers presented the One Climate Initiative to a packed room at the Big Ideas Symposium at UC Davis on October 18. The half-day event at the Conference Center was a chance for the campus community and the public to learn about the many forward-looking “Big Ideas” being promoted by the university.
The One Climate Initiative, championed by Muir Institute Director Ben Houlton, provides a blueprint to catalyze UC Davis faculty — and affiliated partners — to strategically tackle climate change, the truly defining challenge of the 21st Century. “We can harness the ‘DNA’ of UC Davis to be a problem solver,” said Houlton, noting that more than 500 faculty are affiliated with the Muir Institute.
Houlton made the point that the effects of climate change are already being felt at UC Davis, illustrated by the campus closure in 2018 due to smoke from the Paradise Fire. At the time, Sacramento had the worst air pollution on the planet despite being more than 100 miles from the fire.
“Climate change has entered our living rooms,” said Houlton. “We have dangerously affected our climate. But we can solve this problem if we innovate now.”