“There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are afraid, and those who are alive.” That’s the wisdom of Diana Mars, a character in Vapor Trails, the new eco-thriller by Roger Saillant about an oil company, carbon capture, and climate change. Sea Change Radio Host Bill Baue has a wide-ranging conversation with Saillant at the Marlboro Sustainability MBA in Vermont, where they both teach. And Tania Haldar Hart delivers this week’s Sea Change News Analysis, which draws on research by Sarah Perry, a student in Saillant’s climate class.
How do we educate people on the reality of climate change? That’s the question Roger Saillant answers in many different ways through his work in the world. One way is through his new eco-thriller, Vapor Trails, which conveys the complexities of climate science, environmental sustainability, and corporate accountability through a page-turning plot line. Another way is through the Marlboro Sustainability MBA in Vermont, where he teaches what the only climate change course offered by a Masters of Business Administration program in the US. Another way is as a boardmember of the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education. Yet another is through his new assignment as Executive Director of the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
To all these pursuits, Saillant brings his hands-on experience implementing corporate sustainability as a long-time executive at Ford, and a CEO of fuel cell maker Plug Power.