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Effective Energy Altruism: A Perspective

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Imperial College

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Johannes Ackva works in climate policy analysis in a sustainability think tank in Berlin, Germany. Inspired by the philosophy of Effective Altruism, he seeks to develop “Effective Energy Altruism”, an integrated, evidence-based perspective on navigating climate, air pollution, and energy poverty. Building from this and prior talks, he is currently writing an e-book on “Effective Energy Altruism” with two co-authors, which he will introduce in this lecture.

Climate change poses a catastrophic risk, air pollution kills more than 6 million people a year, and energy poverty constrains human development leaving us to expect (and hope for) strong energy demand growth. As such, climate change and clean energy are clearly recognized as key challenges of our time.

In this talk and discussion, we will explore these challenges from a framework of Effective Altruism: In the face of scarce resources and decision-making structures which neglect the interests of future beings as well as the energy-poor, how might we best address these issues? What do we know and what do we not know about promising strategies able to achieve clean energy abundance? To address these questions, we will systematically review key facts and trends in the relevant problem areas as well as the potentials and limitations of different political and technological approaches.

Lecture to be followed by a questions and an informal networking period at a local pub or eatery, location TBC.



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