What might optimistic—yet realistic—scenarios for New England’s climate future look like? As our summers get hotter, storms get stronger, sea levels rise and other consequences become more apparent, climate change is top of mind. Hear from a panel of three renowned climate experts on their transformational visions for New England – and reasons for hope.
Discover the specific impacts that may affect New England the most, and how we can rise to meet these challenges. This inspiring evening will leave you with an understanding of not only the threats but the positive actions that can help our communities, region and nation address climate change.
Come learn what you as an individual can do, how to talk with your children about the climate future and how to discuss climate solutions with your neighbors, relatives and friends – even the skeptical ones– in a productive and empowering way.
Katharine Hayhoe is perhaps the nation’s leading voice in communicating about climate solutions across often-polarized political and cultural lines. An atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on people and the planet, she recently authored Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing. She is a Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University and serves as Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy.
Mariama White-Hammond is a top expert in charting Boston’s climate future, and serves as Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space since April 2021. A leading voice in the fight for environmental justice and community resilience, she oversees Boston’s policy and programs on energy, climate change, sustainability, historic preservation and open space.
Melissa Hoffer is Massachusetts’ first-ever Climate Chief, appointed in April by Governor Maura Healey to lead the newly created Office of Climate Innovation and Resilience. Massachusetts is the first state in the nation to establish such a position at the cabinet level. She previously has held high-level posts in the General Counsel's Office of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Veteran journalist Miles O’Brien has been documenting the impacts of climate change for decades as a producer/correspondent for NOVA, FRONTLINE, PBS NewsHour, and CNN. Recently, his attention has turned to reporting on solutions – with his latest NOVA film Chasing Carbon Zero. Known for his quick wit and skillful interviewing style, O’Brien will moderate the conversation.
7pm Program begin in GBH’s Theater
8:15pm Light dessert reception with the panelists
Event registration is required. Seating is general admission.
This event is presented with support from Museum of Science.