Over the last several decades he has worked on the environmental implications of public policy choices, and he is principal author of the recent work, Environmental Decline and Public Policy: Pattern, Trend and Prospect (1992), based upon testimony he presented to the United States Senate in support of legislation to limit carbon emissions in September of 1988. Most recently
research concentrates upon belief systems within cultures
and how core cultural beliefs can either facilitate change
or block change over time.
In particular, he has examined how dominant belief systems serve
to impede or enable different cultures to perceive the changing
environmental challenges that confront us all as a human family.
To pursue this work he co-founded The
Climate Talks Project in 2001 along with Professor
William Moomaw of the Fletcher School at Tufts University. This
group has convened scholars, business leaders, NGO activists,
journalists and concerned citizens to discuss effective means
of mobilizing civil society to respond to the evolving global
currently teaches online courses on global
climate change, environmental
ethics and environmental
justice in the Sustainability program through Harvard's
School. These courses focus upon the ideological and conceptual
barriers to transforming our current industrial culture based
upon metaphors of continuous consumption and perpetual growth
into new cultural forms based instead upon metaphors of stability,
justice and global
From 2008 through 2013 Dr. Weiskel taught an annual "Global Climate Update" course for graduate students and public health officials at The Cyprus International Institute (CII) for the Environment and Public Health as part of an advanced degree program established by the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) in cooperation with the Harvard School of Public Health.
by the life-long example of Bill
Coffin and the impressive achievements of fellow classmate,
Daniel Yergin (Yale, '68), who's Cambridge
Energy Research Associates (CERA) has enabled his clients
and the wider world to understand energy issues over the last
quarter century, Weiskel convened the Cambridge
Climate Research Associates (CCRA). In addition, Dr. Weiskel founded Food-Matters.TV and maintains the online weblog Transition-Studies providing over 28,000 links to news stories, documents, movies and current information to students, fellow faculty and concerned citizens working to live sustainably on our finite planet.
Through these organizations Dr. Weiskel consults
with individuals, groups and institutions to create on site and online training programs for schools, universities, corporations, municipalities,
and national governments. The goal is to assist these organizations
in analyzing the
climate impact of global carbon consumption and help them
the necessary transitions that must now be undertaken
the human community to move to a post carbon-fueled world.