Urgency & Agency in the Battle to Avert a Climate Crisis: A Conversation with Michael Mann

September 23, 2021
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Perry World House 3803 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Human-caused climate change is arguably the greatest threat we face as a civilization. Efforts to attack and deny the scientific evidence have constituted a major impediment to action over the past two decades. At a time when we appear to be moving past outright denial of the problem, another obstacle has emerged on the scene: Doomist framing that exaggerates the threat in such a way as to make catastrophic changes seem unavoidable. Such framing can lead us down the very same path of inaction as outright denial of the problem. It is important to recognize while there is great urgency in acting, there is also agency. There is still time to for us to avert the worst impacts of climate change if we act now and we act boldly. There is importance of emphasizing both urgency AND agency in the climate battle.

Join Perry World House for this wide-ranging conversation with renowned climate scientist Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Climate Week.


Dr. Michael E. Mann

Dr. Michael E. Mann

Presidential Distinguished Professor University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication. He is director of the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media (PCSSM),

Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research interests include the study of Earth's climate system and the science, impacts and policy implications of human-caused climate change.