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Great Debate: Climate Change – The Environmental and Social Consequences, for Mexico and the World

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Ticket Info: 
In Person in Mexico City: Free
See below for details about real-time screenings taking place in AZ
Date: 
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm
Participants: 
Alicia Bárcena, Noam Chomsky, Mario Molina, Dan Schrag, Richard Somerville, Lawrence Krauss

Join us for our first-ever event in Mexico, to be live-streamed in Spanish and English! Catch the English, Spanish, or Original/Bilingual live stream.

This event takes place in Mexico City, Mexico. Attendance in Mexico City will be on a first come, first served basis. For those who are unable to attend in person, real-time screenings in English and Spanish are being setup in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The event ocurring in Mexico City is at 6 PM (CDT). All Phoenix-area screening times are given in Mountain Standard Time (MST). See below for registration pages for each.

Climate change presents an unprecedented global challenge for humanity. The physical effects could alter national coastlines and whole agricultural systems, but the societal effects could be even more dramatic, raising questions from the sociopolitical effects of widespread droughts, to the international pressures of massive human migrations. We as a society need to proactively explore both possible challenges and possible solutions.

The Origins Project Great Debate: Climate Change – The Environmental and Social Consequences, for Mexico and the World, will bring together world experts for a lively, informative, provocative and in-depth discussion of the science of climate change, the problems we may face locally and globally, obstacles to action, and the steps we might take to address these challenges. Join change makers and thought leaders Alicia Bárcena, Noam Chomsky, Mario Molina, Dan Schrag, Richard Somerville, and moderator Lawrence Krauss for this examination of an urgent global challenge for the 21st century, using Mexico as a starting point. We hope this discussion can both inform and empower citizens to help chart a course to a better collective future, for Mexico and the world.

Un Gran Debate del Proyecto Origins: Cambio Climático, Consecuencias Ambientales y Sociales para México y el Mundo

El cambio climático representa un reto global sin precedentes para la humanidad. Sus efectos físicos podrían alterar las líneas de costa nacionales y sistemas agrícolas completos, pero los efectos sociales podrían ser todavía más dramáticos, obligándonos a plantear las posibles consecuencias sociopolíticas de sequías generalizadas, o las presiones internacionales que generarían migraciones humanas masivas. Como sociedad, necesitamos explorar proactivamente tanto los posibles retos como sus posibles soluciones.

Un Gran Debate del Proyecto Origins: Cambio Climático, Consecuencias Ambientales y Sociales para México y el Mundo reunirá a expertos mundiales en un debate profundo, animado, informativo y sugerente en torno a los conocimientos científicos sobre el cambio climático, los problemas a los que podemos enfrentarnos tanto de manera local como global, los obstáculos que deben librar las acciones emprendidas y los pasos que podemos seguir para afrontar estos retos. Acompañemos a Alicia Bárcena, Noam Chomsky, Mario Molina, Dan Schrag, Richard Somerville, y moderador Lawrence Krauss en el examen de un reto global urgente del siglo XXI, usando a México como punto de partida. Esperamos que esta discusión pueda tanto informar como empoderar a los ciudadanos para que sean capaces de colaborar en el trazo de un camino hacia un mejor futuro colectivo, para México y el mundo.

About the Panelists

Alicia Bárcena is the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She previously served as the Under-Secretary-General for Management at United Nations Headquarters, as well as Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the former Secretary-General. She held the post of Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of ECLAC's Environment and Human Settlements Division. Prior to her time at ECLAC, she served as Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Sustainable Development Programme of the UN Development Programme, responsible for the Environmental Citizenship Project at the UN Environment Programme. She has published numerous articles on sustainable development, public policy, environmental issues, and public participation.

Noam Chomsky is considered the founder of modern linguistics and is one of the most cited scholars in modern history. Among his works are “Syntactic Structures”, “Language and Mind”, “Aspects of the Theory of Syntax”, and “The Minimalist Program”. He has received numerous awards, including the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Helmholtz Medal and the Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. Chomsky has not only transformed the field of linguistics, his work has influenced cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, computer science, mathematics, childhood education, and anthropology. He has written more than 100 books, his most recent being “Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.”

Mario Molina was the first to discover that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) could destroy ozone. In 1996, Molina, Sherwood Rowland, and Paul Crutzen were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work in unravelling the mysteries and dangers of CFCs. Molina has continued his research on gas-phase chemistry, including the effects of pollutants in the atmosphere and strategies for making the air in cities cleaner. Mexico City has been the case study for this project and is also the home of the Centro Mario Molina, which is dedicated to finding solutions to the challenges related to climate change, sustainable development, and the efficient use of energy. In 2013, Molina was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama for his contributions as a “visionary chemist and environmental scientist.

Dan Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment. He is also Area Dean for Environmental Science and Engineering in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and co-directs the Program on Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has studied climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history and helped to develop the hypothesis that the Earth experienced a series of extreme glaciations, called “Snowball Earths”. He has worked on a range of issues in energy technology and policy including advanced technologies for low-carbon transportation fuel, carbon capture and storage, and risks and opportunities of shale gas. Schrag served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, contributing to many reports to the President.

Richard Somerville is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. He is a theoretical meteorologist and an expert on computer simulations of the atmosphere. He is an authority on the prospects for climate change in coming decades. His broader interests include all aspects of climate, including climate science outreach and the interface between science and public policy. He comments frequently on climate and environmental issues for the media and has testified before the US Congress, briefed United Nations climate change negotiators, and advised government agencies. He has received awards from the American Meteorological Society for both his research and his popular book, The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change.

Lawrence Krauss is the director of the Origins Project and Foundation Professor at ASU’s School of Earth & Space Exploration and Physics Department. He is an internationally-known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, focusing on the origin and evolution of the universe and the fundamental structure of matter. He has written over 300 scientific publications and 10 popular books. His latest book, The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far, was released in March 2017. He writes regularly for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and the New Yorker, frequently appears on radio and television, and—most recently—in several feature films. Among his numerous awards are the highest from all three US physics societies and the 2012 Public Service Award from the National Science Board.

This public event is co-sponsored by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the University of Guadalajara collaborative Colloquia, The Siege Upon Civilization: From Wall to Wall, in Mexico City, Mexico, and The City of Ideas in Puebla, Mexico.

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