Climate Change: The Case for Hope & Healing with Katharine Hayhoe & Tia Nelson

Wed. Sep 29, 2021 6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT
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The acclaimed climate scientist discusses the power of collective action to fight climate change.

Katharine Hayhoe is one of the nation's most persuasive speakers on climate change. In her new book she offers practical guidance on how, together, we can push forward unity on the issue despite our differences. Hayhoe intertwines everyday stories from her own life and scientific snapshots to help us understand some of the factors that drive people's resistance to climate solutions. She argues that as important as presenting the facts may be, so is finding common ground. A humane look at the range of ideas on the matter, Saving Us demonstrates that small, empathetic conversations can lead us to a shared vision of the future.

Katharine Hayhoe speaks to academic, environmentalist activist, and public servant Tia Nelson, whose father, Governor Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, founded the first Earth Day 50 years ago.

Presented as part of The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures, which showcases some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in our collections. Among them is a poster from the first Earth Day in New York City (1970). The event will begin with a short curator talk given by Meredith Mann, Librarian at the Manuscripts and Archives Division of NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, on the history of climate activism embedded in the poster and the archives of the Environmental Action Coalition, in which it is contained.

To learn more about Treasures, please visit the exhibition website

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Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy. She is also the Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University. She has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth and one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, and serves as the climate ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance. Katharine was a lead author for the U.S. Second, Third, and Fourth National Climate Assessments, hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and has written for The New York Times. Her Ted Talk "The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Fight Climate Change: Talk About It" has been viewed over 5 million times. She has a BSc in physics and astronomy from The University of Toronto and an MS and a PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Illionois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tia Nelson is internationally recognized as a tireless champion for environmental stewardship and climate change education. She spent 17 years with The Nature Conservancy, including as the first director of the Global Climate Change Initiative. For this work, she received the EPA's Climate Protection Award in 2000. Tia returned home to Wisconsin in 2004 to serve as Executive Secretary to the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, which included a gubernatorial appointment as co-chair of Wisconsin's Task Force on Global Warming. She subsequently worked as Managing Director for Climate Change at the Outrider Foundation. She is currently on sabbatical while doing public speaking and consulting. Twitter: @TiaLeeNelson.


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