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Tim Weiskel
Research Director
Cambridge Climate Research Associates (CCRA)

TIMOTHY C. WEISKEL, graduated magnum cum laude from Yale University. He trained as a social anthropologist and an historian as a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford and the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. Following field work in West Africa he received his D.Phil. from Oxford University and returned to the United States to teach anthropology and history at Williams College, Yale University and Harvard.

Dr. Weiskel has had field experience in Syria, Lebanon and throughout West Africa from Senegal to Gabon. In 1966-67 he worked as the West Africa Representative for the volunteer organization Operation Crossroads Africa, Inc.  He returned to West Africa for further work among the Baule peoples of the central Ivory Coast. His field work and archival research on the history and anthropology of the Ivory Coast peoples led to the publication of French Colonial Rule and the Baule Peoples: Resistance and Collaboration, 1889-1911 (Oxford University Press, 1980). Since then he has published several broader articles on the ecological legacy of European colonialism and modern development strategies.

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.

During the 1990s Dr. Weiskel founded and directed the Harvard Seminar on Environmental Values at the Harvard Divinity School, the first ever inter-departmental and inter-School effort at Harvard to explore the values and beliefs that are commonly built into the disciplines and perspectives in the Harvard academic environment.

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 climate crisis.

From 2001 until 2017, Dr. Weiskel taught 45 semester courses for over seventeen years on campus at Harvard and globally for online students from around the world on the topics of global climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice as part of the Sustainability Degree program through Harvard's Extension School. These courses focused 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 sustainability.

In addition, from 2008 to 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.

Encouraged 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).  

Inspired further by fellow New Hampshire Rhodes Scholar, Robert Reich (New Hampshire & University 1968) -- whose public service, academic research and trenchant analysis offers a model for timely and courageous civic action -- Tim Weiskel created Food-Matters.TV, Rhodes-Scholars.TV and Transition-Studies to provide current news and information to concerned global citizens working in the realm of environmental science, environmental ethics and the conditions required for free and objective inquiry into the environmental future facing the human community.

In a series of video weblogs, Tim has recently developed "Coversations in Transition Studies"-- as part of the Citizen-Science Online Learning Initiative (CSOLI). This initiative provides discussion materials through Google & YouTube for public affairs groups and concerned citizens everywhere who are seeking to organize the kinds of deliberate transitions we will all need to make if our societies are going to be able to survive forthcoming changes in our global climate.

Through these online teaching facilities and customized training programs 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 envision the necessary transformations we must all now undertake to enable the human community to move to a post carbon-fueled world.