Climate change isn’t just a problem for polar bears or future generations any more -- it’s affecting us here and now in the Chicago area. Temperatures are rising, rainfall patterns are shifting, and extreme precipitation and heat events are becoming more frequent.
The choices we make today will profoundly impact our future: the faster we cut our carbon emissions, the less adaptation will be needed, and the more suffering we can avert.
In such a politically charged environment, are we still able to act on climate? Join climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe as she untangles the complex science connecting our choices to future impacts and highlights actions underway today to combat this critical issue.
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is an endowed professor at Texas Tech University, she hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and she has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People, the United Nations Champion of the Environment, and the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador.
This program is presented in conjunction with Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate, taking place at Columbia College Chicago's Glass Curtain Gallery. The exhibition is the culmination of a yearlong conversation between artists and scientists centered on climate change impacts and solutions in the Chicago region. It was created through a collaboration between Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University's Institute for Nature and Culture and Terracom. For more information about the exhibition and other programming, go to colum.edu/thirdcoast; to learn more about the artist-scientist collaboration, visit ThirdCoastDisrupted.org.