Climate change is one of the, if not the, most significant threats facing our planet today. It affects life on Earth in countless known, and many still unknown, ways—from atmospheric health to wellness; natural ecosystems to small businesses; global security to neighborhood food insecurity; and international policy to individual decision-making—while exacerbating underlying patterns of inequality.
The Mike and Nina Patterson Science Symposium will explore these interconnected issues through sessions investigating global climate systems and climate disasters, public policy, health, climate justice and activism, and methods of adaptation and remediation.
Free and open to the public.
Harvard Radcliffe Institute gratefully acknowledges the Mike and Nina Patterson Catalyst Fund for Climate, which is supporting this event.
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Edo Berger, codirector of the science program at Harvard Radcliffe Institute; professor of astronomy, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Framing Remarks: Climate Change and Impacts
Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter, the New York Times
Discussant: Dustin Tingley, professor of government, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; deputy vice provost for advances in learning, Harvard University
Global Perspective and Climate Systems
Debra Roberts, cochair, Working Group II, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and head, Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa)
James Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences and director of the atmospheric sciences program, University of Georgia
Moderator: Hong Yang, 2022–2023 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; Charles J. Smiley Chair Professor of Science and Technology, Bryant University
Climate Justice and Activism
Juan Declet-Barreto, senior social scientist for climate vulnerability, Union of Concerned Scientists
Autumn Peltier, global Indigenous rights and water activist; chief water commissioner, Anishinabek Nation (Canada)
Heather McTeer Toney, vice president, community engagement, Environmental Defense Fund
Moderator: Tamarra James-Todd, Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Reproductive Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Lunch Break and Student Poster Session
Welcome Back and Remarks
James H. Stock, vice provost for climate and sustainability, Harvard University; Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and member of the faculty, Harvard Kennedy School
Theresa Crimmins, research professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona; director, USA National Phenology Network
Amruta Nori-Sarma, assistant professor, Environmental Health Department, Boston University School of Public Health
Nick Watts, chief sustainability officer, National Health Service (United Kingdom)
Moderator: Aaron Bernstein, interim director, Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; assistant professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Adaptation and Remediation
Klaus Lackner, director, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University
Lis Mullin Bernhardt, deputy head, Freshwater, UN Environment Programme
Sanjay Seth, former climate resilience program manager, City of Boston
Moderator: Somini Sengupta
Close of Program
Immaculata De Vivo, codirector of the science program, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; and professor of epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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