The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Sep 14, 2017
| 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Climate Change: What Next?
Gallatin Climate Conference Keynote Address and Distinguished Faculty Lecture with Naomi Oreskes
With a President who believes that climate change is a hoax, the EPA in the hands of a man who would like to dismantle it, and a Congress crammed with defenders of the fossil fuel status quo, what is next for climate change? Is there a way forward? In the keynote speech for the 2017 Gallatin Climate Change Initiative: A Conference, Naomi Oreskes (Professor of the History of Science Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University) offers “Climate Change: What Next?,” a lecture that explores how we came to our present state of affairs, and how we can move forward.
Oreskes is an internationally renowned geologist, science historian, and the author of both scholarly and popular books and articles on the history of earth and environmental science, including The Rejection of Continental Drift (Oxford, 1999), Plate Tectonics: An Insider’s History of the Modern Theory of the Earth (Westview, 2003), Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming (Bloomsbury, 2010), and a leading voice on the issue of anthropogenic climate change. Her most recent book, co-authored with Erik M. Conway, is The Collapse of Western Civilization (Columbia University Press, 2014). In 2016, she was awarded the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication, and became an Ambassador of the American Geophysical Union. She also serves on the Board of Protect Our Winters, a non-profit that works with the winter sports community to promote awareness and action on climate change.