Public Lecture featuring Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Cook Student Center
59 Biel Rd
Reception 5:00 PM
Public Lecture 6:00 PM
When we hear people objecting to climate change, they often use science-y or even religious-y sounding arguments. “It’s just a natural cycle,” some say, or “it’s cold outside,” or “God is in control, so humans can’t affect something as big as our planet.” Yet these are smokescreens for the real objections, that have nothing to do with lack of information or knowledge or belief. Instead, our attitudes towards climate change are primarily the result of where we fall on the political spectrum, and our corresponding aversion to what we perceive to be solutions that are incompatible with our way of life, our political ideology, and our identity. How can we move past this impasse? Join Katharine Hayhoe as she identifies the barriers to climate action, and highlights the key role our values play in shaping our conversations on this crucial topic.
About Katharine Hayhoe
Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and FORTUNE magazine’s world’s greatest leaders.
Katharine is currently a professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She has a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois.
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This event is sponsored by Rutgers Climate Institute; Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Eagleton Science and Policy Initiative; and the Rutgers University Science Communication Initiative.
Location Cook Student Center, 59 Biel Rd, Rutgers University
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