The first stop of the tour was a public event at the Butler University’s Robertson Hall. Hosted by Butler’s MBA students association, the event drew over 40 students, faculty, and community members to the discussion. Holland laid out the facts about climate change in a presentation, and then Generals Castellaw and Jameson discussed how climate change is going to change the operating environment for the military, and discussed some of the threats that poses. Castellaw discussed threats in the Middle East and Africa, drawing on his many years of experience in the region. Jameson discussed the threats to security in the Pacific, and how uncertainty in planning makes the future difficult. After their presentations, Dr. Peter Grossman, an economics professor from Butler discussed how the problems that the government has in developing and following through on any energy policy makes the challenges of climate change even more difficult.
As the majority of the audience were business students, questions from the audience focused on how climate change will impact their future careers – including how to price risk in insurance markets, and how climate change presents a real business opportunity for those companies that can provide services that either adapt or mitigate climate change. One of the most interesting questions was about how to motivate the American public – with the understanding that Americans do not want to do little things – they focus on big, important issues.
The program at Butler was facilitated by Barry Dunham, MBA student at Butler and ASP Adjunct Fellow, and Tim Bennett, the Director of Graduate Programs at the Butler University College of Business. ASP is grateful for their support. The entire event is available as a podcast, so take a listen.