A Crossroads of Urgency and Opportunity
Susanne (Susi) Moser, Climate change scientist and Research Fellow, Stanford University
10:15am in Atwood Hall • Welcome by President David Angel
The central theme of my work is change. Particularly climate change and social change. How does it happen? What are its effects? How do we deal with it? And how do we change ourselves, our practices and institutions, to adapt to change, live rich and meaningful lives, and create a fair, sustainable, humane, and beautiful world? I conduct research and provide consulting services addressing these questions.
As a leading US expert on adaptation, science-policy interactions, decision support, and climate change communication, I emphasize practical, collaborative, solutions-oriented work. My focus on policy analysis, governance, communication, and human behavior stems from my commitment to putting the best available science to work in policy and management arenas. I can help find the most effective ways to constructively engage the public in decisions about their future.
The goal of my work is to help increase resilience, reduce vulnerability, and transform the ways we interact with our environment and each other to sustain a livable planet and live peaceful, satisfying lives.
The End of Separation
How Climate Change can change us
Christopher Uhl, Professor of Biology, Penn State
3pm in Tilton Hall
Panel Conversation to follow
As an ecologist, I look at the world and see a finite planet being overwhelmed by humans. Our activities have already degraded many of Earth’s life support systems: Soils are thinner, ground water increasingly polluted and scarce, the atmosphere tainted, climate destabilized, and many plant and animal species endangered. This is not alarmism; it is a matter-of-fact summary of what ecological research has been revealing over the past fifty years.
For thirty years, as a Penn State researcher and teacher, I have been guided by one overarching question: How can humans live harmoniously with each other and with the sustaining Earth that has birthed us? In the 1980s, it was this question that led me to the Amazon Basin, where I worked as a field ecologist investigating how humans might live in harmony with rainforests without destroying them. This question led me to spearhead the creation of a research institute (IMAZON) in Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon River, with the avowed purpose of educating both policy makers and citizens in ways that would engender stewardship rather than harmful exploitation of Amazonia’s natural wealth.