Critical Conversations 2020: Responses to Climate Change

Date(s) - 02/25/20
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


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Critical Conversations 2020: Responses to Climate Change


Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 6:30 pm

Responses to Climate Change

Activists and experts debate what needs to be done and why we are too immobilized to act.

20,000 years ago Chicago was under 1,500 feet of glacial ice. Global warming from 18,000BC to 1800 AD will not be included in this discussion.




Moderator David Wallace-Wells

The most important driver of climate change is human action. We have our hands on those levers.
— David Wallace-Wells

David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor and climate columnist for New York magazine and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth. Formerly the deputy editor of The Paris Review and a national fellow at the New America foundation, he was host of the podcast 2038, which explores visions of the future.


Karenna Gore headshot

Right now we have a value system reflected in economics…we need morality in our political decision-making
— Karenna Gore

Karenna Gore is director and founder of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.

Bill McKibben headshot

The one thing that needs to be bigger than climate change is our movement to stop it
— Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the founder of international environmental organization His 1989 book The End of Nature is often cited as the first book on global warming. His new book is titled Falter.

Kevin Green headshot

The same peculiar, emotional, even illogical human mind that got us into this mess is the best instrument we have for getting us out
— Kevin Green

Kevin Green is Vice President at Rare and head of the Center for Behavior & the Environment. His global team designs solutions to environmental challenges.

Mirele B. Goldsmith headshot

If we rise to the occasion… we can contribute to a future that is safe [and] full of love, compassion, and justice
— Mirele B. Goldsmith

Mirele B. Goldsmith is an environmental psychologist and activist. She is a founder of Jewish Earth Alliance, a grassroots coalition mobilizing Jews to advocate for action on climate change.

Katherine Milkman headshot

How can we use insights from economics and psychology to our change behavior?
— Katherine Milkman

Katherine Milkman is a behavioral economist from the Wharton School, where she works on getting humans to make better decisions. She hosts the podcast Choiceology.

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