When Greg Dalton set off for the Russian Arctic, he didn't know how profoundly his life was about to change.

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A Shift in Perspective

The voyage, organized by the Commonwealth Club, provided an up-close view of the effects of climate disruption in the region.

First-hand exposure to the effects of climate was heartbreaking, but it was a personal encounter with a small girl in a Chuchki village that shifted Greg’s perspective for good. While he was speaking to her and her father about their changing lives in the Arctic Circle, she suddenly squealed, “Wow!” and started chasing a butterfly. Her father remarked, “We didn’t used to have those.” It was a moment of wonder, but also of extreme change and alarm.

Upon returning home, Greg proposed the idea of Climate One as a special project of the Commonwealth Club.

A 3,000 mile journey inspired a way to have a new conversation – and an impact – right here at home.

Talking about Solutions

Climate One brings together top thinkers and doers to advance the conversation about a clean energy future.

At Climate One live events, Greg facilitates provocative discussions between climate leaders of differing—sometimes opposing—viewpoints. An open microphone allows audience members to ask questions and add new perspectives. Post-discussion social mixers foster long-term connections between attendees.

Our conversations reach an audience urgently concerned about climate disruption through an international ecosystem of radio shows, podcasts, and video clips. Armed with credible information from multiple perspectives, these engaged change-makers can create viable, long-term solutions to climate volatility and its consequences.

We believe viable, long-term responses to climate disruption can only come from an engaged, concerned citizenry.

Many Voices

Climate One held its first forum in the fall of 2007 at The Commonwealth Club. Coinciding with a report on the effects of climate disruption on developing countries from the United Nations Development Programme, speakers included Google executive Larry Brilliant, CH2M Hill sustainability manager Andrea Gardner, UN official Ad Melkert, and venture capitalist Nancy Pfund.

Since then, Climate One has sharpened its focus toward food, water, transportation, energy, innovation and resilience. Today, the United Nations, Apple, Shell Oil, the Sierra Club, politicians, and environmentalists are coming together at Climate One to address one of the greatest challenges of our time.

Our approach rejects the inflammatory rhetoric of the 24-hour news cycle and changes the conversation for good.

An Intelligent Response

The facts of climate disruption are no longer in question. Visible impacts are evident now across all geographical, socioeconomic, and political boundaries. Aside from a small contingent of outspoken deniers, the vast majority of the scientific—and human—community now accept that climate change is real, and that we are at least partially responsible for its acceleration.

We believe an intelligent response to climate disruption will come from a thoughtful, ongoing process of synthesizing perspectives from many stakeholders: business, academia, journalism, advocacy groups, and engaged individuals.

We recognize the urgency of the climate-related threats to our planet and the plentiful opportunities for addressing them in an optimistic spirit.

Changing the Conversation

With the scientific consensus on climate disruption becoming ever more certain, it’s time to change the conversation. For the past several decades the “change” in “climate change” has indicated a change for the worse. We believe that responding to the climate opportunity will bring change for the better. Cleaner economies, healthier buildings, innovative technologies, and vibrant new industries are hallmarks of a new energy future.

Our discussions promote understanding, expand common ground, and point us toward a clean future.

The Future of Climate One

We’re inviting many more voices from more diverse sectors of the climate community: storytellers, leaders of minority advocacy groups, and sustainable food producers, among others. Sitting alongside the world leaders, policymakers, scientists, and other technical innovators who have made us one of the most credible resources for climate information, these voices add texture to the fabric of our conversations, enlarge our sphere of common understanding, and help us change the conversation for good.