LIVE from NYPL: Tom Steyer with David Wallace-Wells: Winning the Climate War

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The acclaimed investor and climate champion shares his unique and unvarnished perspective on how each of us can all fight climate change. Pre-order your copy of Cheaper, Faster, Better: How We'll Win the Climate War and get your free ticket now!

 How We’ll Win the Climate War

In his new book, Cheaper, Faster, Better: How We'll Win the Climate War, Tom Steyer argues that our only hope in the battle against climate change is to unite together to take action in a collective movement. Steyer has been on the forefront of the climate war for well over a decade, leveraging his investment expertise, business knowledge, and community-organizing skills to support sustainable climate solutions. Though the urgency to act is imperative—and time is running out—Steyer’s message is one of hope: that we will win this war precisely because there has never before been a moment more necessary or more rewarding to come together to secure a healthy future for ourselves and the planet.

Tom Steyer explains how capitalism is an effective tool for scaling climate progress, offers his candid take on fossil fuel enablers, and explains why immediate action on the climate front will not only be our key to a healthy and viable future but also an investment in the future of our economy.

Steyer discusses his new book with New York Times columnist David Wallace-Wells.

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Tom Steyer is an investor and the co-executive chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions, a multi-strategy climate investment firm designed to unlock the generational opportunity of the energy transition. He founded and ran Farallon Capital Management, a multi-strategy global investment business based in San Francisco, from 1986 until 2012. During that period, it grew assets from $6mm to $36bn. Over the same time, Tom was also a partner and Investment Committee member at Hellman & Friedman, a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm. After retiring from Farallon, Tom dedicated himself to public service and philanthropy, with a focus on climate action. Tom is the co-founder of Beneficial State Bank, a triple bottom line community development financial institution founded in 2007 with over $1 billion in assets. He is also the founder of NextGen America, the largest youth voter mobilization organization in American history. Tom was a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and, beginning in April 2020, he served as co-chair for Governor Newsom’s Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force. He also co-chaired Vice President Biden’s Climate Engagement Advisory Council to help mobilize climate voters.

David Wallace-Wells is currently a columnist and staff writer at The New York Times, where he writes a weekly newsletter on climate change, technology and the future of the planet. He’s also written widely on the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing vital reporting and analysis to the science and policy coverage. He was previously the Deputy Editor at New York magazine, where he wrote a column on climate change, and where his viral cover story “The Uninhabitable Earth” was met with widespread acclaim, paving the way for his book. Formerly the Deputy Editor of The Paris Review, and a National Fellow at the New America Foundation, he was the co-host of the podcast 2038, which interrogated predictions about the next two decades.


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