“Every decade is consequential in its own way, but the twenty-twenties will be consequential in a more or less permanent way. Global C02 emissions are now so high – in 2019, they hit a new record of 43 billion metric tons – that ten more years of the same will be nothing short of cataclysmic. Unless emissions are reduced, and radically, a rise of two degrees C (3.6 F) will be pretty much unavoidable by 2030. This will make the demise of the world’s coral reefs, the inundation of most low-lying island nations, incessant heat waves and fires and misery for millions – perhaps billions – of people unavoidable” – Elizabeth Kolbert, 2020.
There is a limited time-window to turn down fossil fuel emissions before global heating produces even more catastrophic effects. Dozens of cities and some entire countries have now declared a planetary emergency. Adam is involved in various actions to bring attention to the climate crisis and to create institutional change. These activities include: Academic Senate, Green New Deal at UCSD climate movement, Teaching, Scholarship and Research.