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The Fierce Urgency of Now — Anthropocene Institute’s Role in Solving the Climate Crisis

When future generations look back and see how we solved the climate crisis, they will see that we solved it through knowledge and leadership, and investing in and advancing the right science and technology.
As innovative climate solutions emerge, it’s vital that we not only support new ideas with funding but also by informing the wider public and investment communities about their impacts.
Leveraging breakthrough discoveries that underlie tomorrow’s clean energy to solve the climate crisis can only be fully realized if we dedicate the same resources to educate the lay audience on how their energy choices affect their health outcomes and their climate future.
The Anthropocene Institute is a diverse community of scientists, engineers, communicators, marketers, thought leaders, and advocates all working together towards the common goal of combating the climate crisis.
Our mission is to shine a light on the most promising scientific breakthroughs that will lead humanity toward a bright and abundant future. To facilitate and accelerate our mission, we are zeroing in on forging the connections that enable the smartest people in the world committed to solving the Earth’s problems to work their magic.
Source: Photo by Li-An Lim on Unsplash
Source: Photo by Li-An Lim on Unsplash


Our Focus

Anthropocene Institute focuses on several key areas — atomic energy, solid state fusion energy (SSF), the electrical grid, and the world’s oceans.
The climate solutions that are scaled in these key areas are pivotal in moving the needle toward a more sustainable future for all.
Here’s a quick breakdown of how we approach each of our main areas of focus —

Atomic Energy

The Anthropocene Institute advocates for the continued operation of existing atomic energy plants and for the development of new reactor designs that are safer to operate and more versatile to use.
Atomic energy is already among the cleanest energy sources, with no greenhouse gasses or toxic pollutants released during operations.
Worldwide, there are around 440 commercial nuclear reactors today that provide 390 GW of electricity in 31 countries. In 2015, these reactors produced 2410 TWh, or 10.5% of the world’s electricity.

Solid State Fusion Energy (SSF)

SSF, often referred to as low-energy nuclear reactions, can produce large amounts of energy while using relatively small amounts of fuel. It’s also important to note that the energy generated from SSF does not produce radioactive materials or radiation.
SSF represents a significant climate solution because it can permanently solve the energy problem by providing vast amounts of zero-carbon energy at low costs.
National support for nuclear power has risen steadily over five years. In 2018, 49% of Americans supported nuclear-produced electricity, while in 2022, 60% did. (Source: EcoAmerica)
National support for nuclear power has risen steadily over five years. In 2018, 49% of Americans supported nuclear-produced electricity, while in 2022, 60% did. (Source: EcoAmerica)


The US Electrical Grid

The US power grid is arguably the largest machine humanity has ever created — with power being sent to power stations that service 145 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers throughout the country.
However, the existing US electric power grid is aging and was not designed to endure the extreme weather conditions from the climate crisis. It’s also critical that the US electrical grid receives a face-lift in order to integrate high shares of low-carbon solar and wind into the US power mix.
Source: American Public Power Association
Source: American Public Power Association

The Anthropocene Institute advocates for a more resilient power delivery system that accommodates an electric vehicle fleet and grid storage capacity and self-generating systems. However, we also believe that it’s not enough just to advocate for this. We are also actively pushing for regulations that will incentivize investments toward a diversified clean energy power supply.

Oceans

The oceans cover two-thirds of our planet’s surface and are responsible for over half of our oxygen and one-fifth of our nutrition. When our oceans are in trouble, so are we.
Our philanthropic arm, Anthrocean, supports the research and development of new technologies that have the potential to improve the health and sustainability of the ocean on a broad scale.
We are committed to helping the oceans by accelerating solutions and investments that tackle overfishing, pollution, and habitat restoration.

Joining the We Don’t Have Time Community

We are excited to join the We Don’t Have Time community and share more about the projects we are working on, the inspirational people within our network, and the upcoming events we will attend.
Follow our We Don’t Have Time page to stay updated with our climate journey and make sure to follow us on our social media – Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Anthropocene Institute at SXSW
Anthropocene Institute at SXSW




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