The presentation explores the basic problem of global warming – that too much carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gasses (GHG) are being put into the atmosphere; talks about some of the consequences if we do not take action soon; notes the effect of inaction on some of Rotary’s international programs; describes one approach to achieving the required GHG reduction goals in a way that is technically feasible, economically affordable, and politically viable; and talks about recent progress in CO2 reduction and the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, which took place in December in Paris.
Chas Macquarie is a member, and past president, of the Rotary Club of Carson City and has been a Rotarian for 15 years. He is active in Rotary Youth Exchange at both the club and district levels, and is a past chair of the District RYE Committee. He is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Chas is also a civil engineer by profession and is the former CEO of Lumos & Associates, a local civil engineering, planning, surveying, and materials testing firm. He still works part time for Lumos, focusing on bicycle and pedestrian projects.
Chas is active in the Carson City community. He is a founding member of Muscle Powered, Citizens for a Walkable and Bikeable Carson City, and is a recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nevada Governor’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board in honor of his work supporting bicyclists and pedestrians.
He has been a climber and mountaineer for almost half a century and his interest in the natural environment prompted him to put together this presentation on climate change in order to increase awareness about the issue.