2014 Winter Lecture Series
Climate Change: Local, National, and International Responses
Sponsored by: Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Humanities Nebraska, and the UNL School of Natural Resources
Hardin Hall Auditorium, 3310 Holdrege Street
Free and available parking on the north side of Hardin Hall
(Please note that this series will not be at the Unitarian Church this year due to remodeling)
The climate is changing and willingly or not, people, cultures, and nations must respond. This 30th Winter Lecture Series (WLS) is about those human responses, coping that is often political but that always includes costs that are economic, social, and physical, and that vary depending upon the manifestations of climate change in each part of the world.
This series will first feature five lectures by international scholars. The lectures will begin with a climate expert (Kutscher) who will describe the latest scientific findings on climate change and economically feasible ways of reducing our nation's contribution to that change. The second lecture (Shea) will focus on the economic costs and cultural impacts forced upon Pacific Island people as they confront rising ocean levels and (often) the need to abandon ancestral homelands to resettle as refugees in distant locations. The third (Turner) will focus on problems and responses within China. China faces the paradox of being one of the most prolific polluters, with major impacts on the health and well-being of its increasingly urban population, while aspiring to become a leader in the development and use of clean and renewable energy. Solutions for China's dilemmas are more political, economic and cultural than scientific. The fourth lecture (Moreira) will focus on the impacts of deforestation on Brazil's indigenous peoples and how social pressures and grass-roots political efforts have forced the slowing of that deforestation. The fifth lecture (Gnacadja) will emphasize the impact of water shortages on the peoples of Sub-Sahara Africa.
The two sessions of panel discussions will deal with what must be done, can be done, and in many instances what is being done locally. The first will focus upon the likely effects of climate change on our region, emphasizing economic impacts on agriculture and the probabilities for extreme weather events. The second involving prominent local public figures will deal with public policy issues of climate change in our region.
The series starts on Sunday January 26 and continues on successive Sundays (except for Super-bowl Sunday, February 2), ending on March 16. Each event starts at 7 p.m. with the lecture by the speaker for about an hour. After a 20-minute refreshment break, the audience is invited back to engage the speaker in a Q&A session that may last until 9 p.m. The series concludes with two sessions of panel discussion.
• January 26, 2014, Chuck Kutscher, Principal Engineer/Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado
◦ Climate Change: The Latest Findings and What We Must Do
• February 9, 2014, Eileen Shea, Chief of the Climate Services Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Asheville, North Carolina
◦ Responding to a Changing Climate: Challenges and Opportunities in Pacific Islands
• February 16, 2014, Jennifer Turner, Director, China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC
◦ China's Water-Energy-Climate Conundrum
• February 23, 2014, Adriana Moreira, Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank in Brasilia, Brazil
◦ Tackling deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon
• March 2, 2014, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Director, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Bonn, Germany
◦ Implications of Desertification on the Economic, Social, and Political Landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa
• March 9, 2014, Panelists: Don Wilhite, Professor, Applied Climate Science, SNR, UNL, Clint Rowe, Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, UNL , Mike Hayes, Director, National Drought Mitigation Center, UNL
◦ Effects of Climate Change in Our Region
• March 16, 2014, Panelists: Ken Haar, Nebraska State Senator, District 21, Ann Bleed, Natural Resource Scientist, School of Natural Resources, UNL, Milo Mumgaard, Senior Policy Aide for Sustainability at Mayor's Office, City of Lincoln
◦ Public Policy Issues of Climate Change in Our Region