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Dr. James Hansen: Combatting the Climate Crisis: the Path from Science to Action

April 15, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

MIT student group, Fossil Free MIT, and the MIT Earth System Initiative present:
James Hansen
Combatting the Climate Crisis: the Path from Science to Action
Talk | 5 – 6:30 PM, MIT 10-250
Informal Reception | 6:30 – 7:30 PM, MIT 10-105
Ever wonder what climate change means for you, or what you can really do about it? Join Fossil Free MIT for the fifth event of our star-studded series of interactive discussions with some of the world’s pioneering academics, advocates and activists, who are shaping today’s global climate change conversation. This talk is kindly cosponsored by the MIT Earth System Initiative.
Calling all youths (and those young at heart) to action! Joining us for the final installment of our Climate Change Speaker Series, we are thrilled to welcome world-famous climate scientist and prominent advocate of climate change intervention, Dr. James Hansen.
Dr. Hansen, formerly Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a position from which he retired to “focus more on climate activism”), is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. Dr. Hansen is well known for his 1998 testimony on climate change to Congress that helped raise broad awareness of global warming. Dr. Hansen is one of the world’s most prominent advocates of public and political action against climate change, and was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people on Earth in 2006.
Dr. Hansen will be discussing the realities of the climate crisis confronting us as the 21st century unfolds, and the opportunities for us to rise to meet them, with a particular emphasis on the role and responsibilities of our youth generation. For a sneak-peak of what to look forward to, check out Dr. Hansen’s popular TED Talk, “Why I Must Speak Out About Climate Change.
Directly following the talk, we welcome you to join us for an informal reception with Dr. Hansen in the Bush Room (10-105).
Free and open to the public.


April 15, 2014
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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