Our World in Change

Alternate Tuesdays • 1:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. • Shapiro CD Our World is Changing

June 13, 27 • July 11, 25 • August 8

“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 availability of water, productivity of farms, forests and fisheries, prevalence of oppressive heat and humidity, formation and dispersion of air pollutants, geography of disease, damages 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, Dennis Fassnacht, Naomi Jue and Fran Mathews