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“Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change” Five Penn Staters Confront Climate Change Denial

“Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change” Five Penn Staters Confront Climate Change Denial
When: April 30th, 7 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: 101 Thomas Building, University Park, PA

Who: Dr. (Juris) Donald Brown, Peter Buckland, Dr. Janet Swim, Dr. Rick Schuhmann, and Dr. Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, Nobel-Prize co-winner for his work on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.

Dr. Susannah Barsom of Penn State’s Center for Sustainability will emcee and moderate the event.

 

“Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change” Five Penn Staters Confront Climate Change Denial

Universities need to take clear stands for meaningful action on climate change.

Climate change is real. It is affecting the lives of people across the globe and it presents all of us – especially the most educated among us – with an incredible dilemma. That dilemma is made much worse by industry-funded denialism campaigns.

On April 30th at 7 pm in room 101 Thomas Building at Penn State’s University Park, a group of esteemed Penn State faculty and one graduate student/lecturer will confront the climate change denial machine. Over the last few years, we have been discouraged by the successful of “the merchants of doubt,” a well-organized and well-funded climate change disinformation campaign. The five presenters of “Changing the Moral Climate on Climate Change” believe that as people working at a top-flight research and teaching institution, they have a responsibility to both inform the public about the many aspects of climate change – from social to environmental – and call for better action from universities in democratic society.

They will call on the University to educate civil society about the disinformation campaign and fulfill its educational role in a democratic society. They will explain the so-called “skeptics” campaign and who is behind it, distinguishing between deceitful disinformation from responsible skepticism. We will explore the problems colleges and universities face in a democratic society whose economy runs on fossil fuels. We will also explore relevant psychology findings around climate change. We will explore a college class that has confronted climate denial directly and learn about the backlash the professor received. Finally, we will hear from Dr. Michael Mann who has been at the epicenter of the international assault on mainstream science.

Presentations come from Dr. (Juris) Donald Brown from Science, Technology, and Society and former Clinton administration UN representative, Peter Buckland, A.B.D. in Educational Theory and Policy, Dr. Janet Swim from Psychology and chair of the 2009 American Psychological Associations task force on the psychology of climate change, Dr. Rick Schuhmann, an environmental engineer and Director of Penn State’s Engineering Leadership program, and Dr. Michael Mann, director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, Nobel-Prize co-winner for his work on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.

Presentations run 15 minutes with Dr. Mann’s taking 30 minutes. Q & A will follow. Presenters will be available for comment after the event.

If you have questions or are interested in sponsoring contact Peter Buckland by phone: 814.206.4959 or by email: pdb118@psu.edu

 

Sponsors include: Penn State’s Center for Sustainability; Rock Ethics Institute; The Science, Technology, and Society Program; Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future; Elk County C.A.R.E.S.; Juniata Valley Audubon Society; National Wildlife Federation; Pennsylvanians for Clean Air and Water; PennEnvironment; Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC); Sierra Club Pennsylvania; Sierra Club Moshannon; Sustainability Now Radio; Voices of Central Pennsylvania; and others.

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