Why do world leaders view climate change as the top global security threat, even greater than terrorism and cyber warfare? We’ll review how climate is changing, how we know that this change is mostly due to human activities, and what the near future looks like. Echoing the scientific community, the global finance, military, and intelligence communities also support urgent climate action because of its destabilizing effects on the economy, sustainability, and security. The scale and urgency of the challenge ahead is daunting, but there are both near- and long-term solutions that we will highlight.
Date: December 4, 2019 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. The reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Peter de Menocal, director of the Center for Climate and Life and Columbia Dean of Science