Climate Lecture Series

Climate Change and Us: Environment, Social Justice, and Religion

The UUC Climate Action Team presents a series of distinguished lecturers talking about how climate change will affect us locally, globally, and spiritually. All lectures will be held in the Nathan Johnson Social Hall; doors open at 6:45, lectures begin promptly at 7:00.  We welcome UUC members, friends, neighbors, and all interested people to join us for any or all of this extraordinary series.

 January 10, 2017:

Flyer for January 10, 2017 lecture: Richard Gammon


Past talks:

May 3, 2016: Kristie L. Ebi, “Managing the Lectures_May_Ebi_v2Health Risks of Climate Change”

Kristie L. Ebi is a Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, University of Washington; She has worked on assessing vulnerability to infectious diseases and implementing adaptation measures in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the US. She was Executive Director of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit from 2009 -2012. She has edited four books on aspects of climate change and published more than 150 papers.

Oct 6: Rev. P. Joshua Griffin, “Liberation Theology and Climate Justice.”

“Griff”  Griffin is a doctoral student in anthropology at the UW, studying reactions to climate change among climate activists, climate scientists, and residents of a village in northern Alaska that is critically threatened by climate change.

Nov 3: John M. (Mike) Wallace, “Climate Change in the Context of the World Environmental Crisis.”Lectures_November_Wallace

Mike Wallace is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and founding director of the Program on the Environment at the UW. He is now working for water justice in India.



Dec. 1: Eric de Place, “The Thin Green Line: What Fossil Fuel Exports Mean for the Northwest.”

Eric de Place is Director of Policy at the Sightline Institute in Seattle and has spent the last few years researching coal and oil transport and its effect on local communities and world climate.

Jan 5: David Battisti, “ClimateLectures_January_Battisti Change and Global Food Security.”

David Battisti is Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the UW, with wide-ranging interests including atmosphere-ocean interactions and the effect of climate on food production, and has advised the governments of Indonesia and Mexico on food and climate change.

Feb. 2: Steven Gardiner, “The Lectures_February_GardinerEthics of Geoengineering”.

Steve Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment at the UW. He has written extensively on ethics and climate, including the acclaimed A Perfect Moral Storm: the Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change.

March 1: Terry Williams, “Traditional Knowledge, Science, and Projected Effects of Climate Change on Tribal Cultural and Natural Williams LectureResources.”

Terry Williams is an elder of the Tulalip Tribes, Commissioner of Fisheries and Natural Resources, and has worked with the President’s Council on Environmental Quality to help protect tribal treaty rights to natural resources.

April 5: David Peterson, “Steady by Jerks: How Northwest Forests Will Respond to Climate Change.” Lectures_April_Peterson

Dave Peterson is a senior researcher at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory of the U.S. Forest Service, and Affiliate Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the UW.