Splash Biography

JOHN GAGE, Parent of a HS student that loves SPLASH events.

Major: MIT

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 1986

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

John Gage has a B.S. in Biology from Boston College. He worked at Sun Microsystems and Oracle for thirty years helping roll out the internet. In other words, he’s an ordinary citizen, just like you. Seven years ago he started researching climate science, and shortly after, solutions. Now he volunteers with the nonpartisan, grassroots organization Citizen’s Climate Lobby. CCL has 200,000 members around the world and chapters in over 40 countries. CCL’s mission is to create the political will to enable governments to pass effective and fair climate legislation by helping individuals exercise their personal and political powers. The CCL methodology is based on data and science, respect, appreciation, integrity, trust, and relationships.

Past Classes

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X552: Help solve climate change in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
We know the technical changes needed for a relatively safe climate future: reduce human-made greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 and reduce CO2 in the air to 350 ppm well before 2100. We also know that when pollution is free, we get too much of it. Climate pollution is still free in most countries. Economists say the cheapest, fairest, and most comprehensive way to address our climate pollution problem is a three-part solution: 1) Put a steadily increasing price on climate pollution when it enters the economy, 2) Give the money collected to the third party that is being harmed (all households equally), and 3) Use border carbon adjustments to protect US businesses and push our carbon price around the world. A strong carbon price signal will incentivize efficiency, innovation, transition, and drawdown. Sending the cash back to households will protect purchasing power. It sounds so easy! What's preventing us from doing this? Is it possible to break the logjam and save ourselves? Can any of us do anything to help solve the most significant existential crisis human civilization has ever faced? Yes, we can. Each of us can take effective action in this pivotal moment in humankind’s history. Ordinary citizens advocating for change is our last, best hope to avoid climate catastrophe. Let's get started right now!