Join geography professor, Dr. Hester Jiskoot, and a panel of experts in their fields for a thought-provoking conversation:
“How do we communicate science and policy around climate change?“
March 28, 2019 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Students' Union Ballrooms - University of Lethbridge
Free. Everyone welcome. No RSVP required. Space is limited. Hot drinks and pastries served.
In a democratic society like Canada’s, public debate on important social issues is an important part of citizenship. When the social issues involve scientific evidence and knowledge, universities become a particularly important venue for public debate and understanding regarding the issues in question.
Climate change is one such issue. It is a large issue of looming importance, an issue involving significant social changes, and an issue where science matters a lot. How big is the problem, what are its many dimensions, and how likely are different policy options going to work in trying to address the many different dimensions of this problem?
Part of understanding climate change comes from understanding what the study of glaciers can tell us about it. Following on from last PUBlic Professor Series talk of the season, on this particular topic, this panel discussion opens up a further forum for public discussion. Panelists include scientists, with scientific knowledge to communicate, policy makers, with social knowledge to connect together with the relevant scientific knowledge, and a philosopher, who worries about how science works and why we need to take it seriously in social decision making.
Panelists will pull from their individual area(s) of expertise and citizenship to discuss a topic that has everyone, from world leaders, to scientists, to family and friends, talking.
Moderated by: Dr. Craig Cooper, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science
Emcee: Dr. Michael Stingl, Department of Philosophy