Our World in Change: World in Change

Science, Engineering and Technology for a Realistic, Sustainable Future

 

Every Tuesday • 1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. • Room 9

September 11, 18, 25 • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 • November 6, 13, (20 break), 27 • December 4

“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson

Global warming is a misnomer. Call it global climate disruption. Climate governs, so climate disruption affects the availability of water; productivity of farms, forests and fisheries; prevalence of oppressive heat and humidity; formation and dispersion of air pollutants; geography of disease; damage from storms, floods, droughts and wildfires; property losses from sea-level rise; expenditures on engineered environments; and distribution and abundance of species. Our only options are mitigation, adaptation or misery. To reduce long-term misery, mitigation requires transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources, which will eventually stop Earth’s ever-increasing warming. Climate change is already harming human well-being, but it will become a far larger problem for our children and grandchildren. Belief in global warming is optional, but participation is inescapable. Climate is global. We are all affected. We are all responsible.

Coordinators : Bryce Bardin, Grace Bertalot and Fran Mathews