The Living Climate Change Video Challenge - 18 and Over

Competition Details

Managing Change

by Tolulope Bukola
Co-authors: Sam Selikoff

Views:

Climate change cannot be stopped without first being managed. Managing climate change means anticipating and mitigating its negative impacts. It means developing new technologies and behaviors that slow man-made climate change, giving us more time to prepare for, adapt to, and eventually, end it. It also means being prepared for the social, economic, and political changes that might be created by climate change and the technologies we develop to stop it.

This video seeks to demonstrate how, by investing in technology and diligently managing the change process, we can slow climate change while improving economic and social welfare.

In 2011 the U.S. Government launches the Public Private Partnership for Managing Climate Change (3PMC) to invest (alongside the private sector) in companies whose work helps manage the impacts of climate change. In 2025 a group of executives whose companies have benefited from the initiative seek to drum up public support for the program by highlighting its successes.

Carl Gentry is the CEO of A246 Lithium, a company that produces batteries. He describes, with accompanying graphics, how Improvements in energy efficiency and increasing use of electric cars cause demand for oil to decrease, while demand for lithium (used in lithium-ion batteries )increases.

Changing commodity prices have significant implications for the economies of Saudi Arabia (the world’s largest oil producer) and Bolivia (with the world’s most plentiful lithium reserves). Sam Hyatt, CEO of an economic consulting firm, illustrates, with the aid of accompanying graphs, how his company helps these countries manage changing economic realities.

Bruce Hayes is CEO of General Transmissions, a company that produces wireless transmission towers. Cheaper and more efficient electricity transmission technologies have substantial environmental, economic, and social implications. They increase use of renewable energy by allowing solar, geothermal, and wind energy to be transmitted from places where these resources are plentiful (which are often sparsely populated) to regions where electricity is in high demand. These technologies also make it possible to bring electricity to the world’s underserved markets, which include most of Sub-Saharan Africa.

This video demonstrates just a few of the ways that new technology can curb climate change and improve the general welfare. The changing climate requires corresponding changes in human technologies and behaviors. Managing these changes will allow us to survive, and thrive, well into the future.