rapid global change
Interventions for Rapid Global Change
The Cascade Institute is a Canadian research centre addressing converging global crises. We analyze complex global systems to anticipate future crises and identify high-leverage interventions to rapidly shift humanity’s course.
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A vital scientific paper argues that far more warming is “in the pipeline” than conventional models predict, requiring humanity’s response to the climate crisis be much more radical than currently planned.
Rebecca Pearce and Ian Graham
A worldwide race for next-generation geothermal technology has begun – and Canada needs to get serious about joining, lest it fall to the back of the alternative-energy pack.
Michael Lawrence, Thomas Homer-Dixon, Scott Janzwood, Johan Rockström, Ortwin Renn, and Jonathan F. DongesThis paper defines the concept of global polycrisis, highlights its value-added in comparison to related concepts, and provides a theoretical framework to explain causal mechanisms currently entangling many of the world’s crises.
Featuring ASRA's Ruth Richardson and IGAD's Ayan MahamoudPart one of a two-part online event series aimed at helping individuals from across the globe and a variety of sectors – civil society, governance, academia, grassroots movements, business, journalism, etc. – better understand and respond to the polycrisis.
Featuring Michael Lawrence and Megan ShipmanA 90-minute webinar exploring key research areas in the emerging field of polycrisis studies, including the causal mechanisms of crisis interactions and the political struggles that will steer different world futures through the polycrisis.
Thomas Homer-Dixon argues that the world is in a polycrisis generated by novel and unprecedented conditions, as measured by total human energy consumption, Earth’s energy imbalance, the human population’s total biomass, and global connectivity.
Ian Graham, Ellen Quigley, Scott Janzwood, and Thomas Homer-Dixon
This opportunity analysis makes the case that Canada can and should become the global leader in ultra-deep geothermal electricity production.