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Climate in Crisis: The IPCC Report and Our Common Future

This is a past event.

Tuesday, October 26 at 4:00pm

Virtual Event

Are we supposed to take reusable canvas bags to the supermarket, or are paper bags better? How green are electric cars, really? And single-use plastic - I do my best - but how can I avoid it when it’s all around me?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by personal environmental decision making, and the choices we make are no doubt important to our common future. But in truth, the biggest determinant to reversing climate change and supporting environmental health is informed policy.

That’s why it’s fundamental that we understand the science on climate change. Whether we think of ourselves as humanists or social scientists or environmental scientists or social justice activists or artists, we all have a stake in this conversation

The Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment has partnered with FIU’s Institute of Environment — with the support of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education — to produce a special roundtable discussion called Climate in Crisis: The IPCC Report and Our Common Future to help us all assimilate the findings of the most recent IPCC report published in August 2021.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing science related to climate change The purpose of the IPCC is to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments of climate change

The most recent report indicates that climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. The report notes that “many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already set in motion - such as continued sea level rise – are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.”

To help us understand what’s in the report and what to do about it, the Center for Humanities in an Urban Environment assembled a panel that includes environmental scientists, IPCC report authors, government officials, and environmental justice activists

Ko Barrett is Senior Advisor for Climate at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Vice-Chair for the Intergovernmental Governmental Panel on Climate Change

Todd Crowl is Professor of Ecology and Director of the Institute of Environment at Florida International University

Linda Mearns, an IPCC Report author, is Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder Coloradop>

David Pellow is the Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Join the conversation at 4pm EST on Oct. 26 via Zoom here:

No preregistration required. The event is open to all people in all time zones.

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