About the Program

Cal Future Forum: Our Changing World

Responding to the global impacts of human activity
 

More than ever, California needs to play a proactive role in understanding our global impact and in finding solutions to ensure a vibrant future. In fact, we lead the nation —and the world — in developing a clean-energy economy, ameliorating the effects of global change, and promoting green businesses for the future. 

UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Lab have long been leaders in the research needed to understand and respond effectively to humanity's global environmental impact, from developing energy efficiency standards that are now used around the world, developing technologies for making our cities more resilient to droughts and floods, converting sunlight into modern fuels, assessing the impact of the sixth mass extinction, to forecasting future change.  This mission has never been more urgent.

To highlight the latest research findings emerging from UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Lab, we present Cal Future Forum: Our Changing World, an unusual opportunity to learn directly from leading researchers who are developing solutions to the environmental challenges we face.  

In May 2017 over a dozen prominent Berkeley researchers provided a synopsis of the state of the planet, a better understanding of the challenges we face, and the solutions being developed at Berkeley – and being implemented globally. This rare gathering of leading Berkeley scientists, engineers, scholars and policy experts was moderated by prominent radio host, Michael Krasny.