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Climate One at The Commonwealth Club is a thriving leadership dialogue on energy, the economy and the environment. We bring together top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about a clean energy future.
When Greg Dalton set off for the Russian Arctic in 2007, he didn't know how profoundly his life was about to change.
The voyage, organized by the Commonwealth Club, provided an up-close view of the effects of climate disruption in the region. Walking on melting tundra, sailing through fields of ice and witnessing strange new animal migrations, Greg came face to face with the reality of climate change.
While the first-hand exposure was heartbreaking, it was a personal encounter with a small girl in a Chuchki village that shifted Greg’s perspective for good. While he was speaking to her and her father about their changing lives in the Arctic Circle, she suddenly squealed, “Wow!” and started chasing a butterfly. Her father remarked, “We didn’t used to have those.” It was a moment of wonder, but also of extreme change and alarm.
Upon returning home, Greg worked with Commonwealth Club CEO Gloria Duffy to launch Climate One. We are proud that after more than 10 years, Climate One is still covering the most important issue of our time by convening people, connecting ideas, and inspiring new approaches.
Since 2007, Climate One has provided a unique and respectful space for influential, inclusive discussions. Our approach is rooted in the belief that viable, long-term responses to climate disruption can only come from an engaged, concerned citizenry.
At Climate One live events, Greg facilitates provocative discussions between leaders of differing—sometimes opposing—viewpoints. Speakers representing the United Nations, the fossil fuel industry, environmental advocacy groups, religious faiths, large corporations and labor unions have all come together on the Climate One stage to address some of the greatest challenges of our time. An open microphone allows audience members to ask questions and add new perspectives. Post-discussion receptions foster long-term connections between attendees.