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Critical Conversations: Responses to Climate Change

  • February 25, 2020
  • 6:30 PM
  • Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

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

Moderator David Wallace-Wells

"The most important driver of climate change is human action. We have our hands on those levers."

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

"Right now we have a value system reflected in economics...we need morality in our political decision-making"

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

Bill McKibben

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

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

"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 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

"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 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

"How can we use insights from economics and psychology to our change behavior?"

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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