Sustainability Media Lab shot this video interview on April 10 with James Hansen on why he left NASA, his next steps, how the energy industry is impeding urgent climate action, and his wish for his grandchildren:
"I want to devote full time to trying to help the public understand the urgency of addressing climate change, and the kinds of actions that are needed -- which actually aren't all that difficult if we could just get people to understand them and to put the pressure on the political system....
"It's a very straightforward requirement, but unless young people start standing up and demanding their rights, it's not going to happen.
"We've got to use the media so that everyone can understand what's at stake and what's needed to solve the problem."
The Sustainability Media Lab is "Columbia students working to make sustainable development more accessible, relevant, and compelling across all media. We’re bringing together students, scientists, media practitioners, and creatives to make the process of understanding sustainable development more inclusive, bridging the gap between academia and public understanding. The Sustainability Media Lab is a platform for students to collaborate on innovations in sustainability communications.
"Many people consider sustainable development as complex & obtuse, at a time when public support for a sustainable path forward is critical. With an intense curiosity for technology, behavior, media & design, we seek to answer this question: What could sustainability communications look like?"