Tackling Climate Change: The Not-So-Hidden Role of Land (A 75th Anniversary Lincoln Institute Dialogue)
Land and water policy have the potential to shape the built and natural environment to reduce energy demand, remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and help communities and natural systems thrive as the climate changes. Daily decisions about the use, taxation, and stewardship of land are opportunities to advance both climate mitigation and resilience in ways that enhance quality of life and place. Dr. Sivan Kartha of the Stockholm Environment Institute and Michelle Manion of Mass Audubon join Amy Cotter of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to discuss how land policy, from local to global scales, is essential to meeting climate goals.
Dr. Sivan Kartha is a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environment Institute whose research and publications for the past 25 years have dealt with policy strategies for addressing climate change, focusing on equity and effectiveness in the design of an international climate regime. Dr. Kartha has also worked on mitigation scenarios, market mechanisms for climate actions, and the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of biomass energy.
Michelle Manion is vice president of policy and advocacy for Mass Audubon. Trained as an economist and in public policy and natural resources, she has over 20 years of experience advocating at the state, federal, and international level for effective, workable solutions to mitigate climate change, protect biodiversity, and create sustainable natural systems.
Amy Cotter is director of climate strategies for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. An urban planner by background, she has more than 25 years of experience developing and implementing land policy to promote equity and sustainability. She oversees the Lincoln Institute’s research, education and practice related to climate change, planning practice, and scenario planning.