The Climate Commitment 101 lecture series was founded in April 2007 by the President's Advisory Council on Environment & Sustainability (PACES) to help educate the UC community about the President's Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). At that time, the lecture was a quarterly event and featured a variety of staff and faculty who spoke about climate change issues and their research in sustainability.
The lecture series gradually expanded to a monthly format and now features several lectures each term, some organized by the Office of Sustainability and others organized by academic departments and centers. The topics and speakers are diverse, ranging from science and engineering to philosophy and the fine arts. They are a way for the UC community and Greater Cincinnati to learn about sustainability in an informal atmosphere which encourages dialogue and further exploration. All lectures are free and open to the public.
The Human Faces of Climate Change
Michael Roman, PhD
UC Blue Ash
After graduating from Miami University, Michael Roman joined the Peace Corps and was placed in one of the world’s smallest countries centered within the world’s largest ocean. Though his service to the nation of Kiribati ended in 2002, his humanitarian commitment to the country remains. Over the past twelve years, he has worked with the Fulbright program, UNAIDS, WHO, and multiple universities across the U.S. and the Pacific region to assist the nation of Kiribati in resolving societal issues of concern. This afternoon he presents The Human Faces of Climate Change - Calls from Micronesia.
The Republic of Kiribati stands on the front-lines of climate change. With most of the nation composed of low-lying coral atolls rising several feet above sea level, daily living is severely impacted negatively by even the smallest environmental change. Citizens of this nation constantly face elevated risks from stronger storms, longer droughts, greater communicable illnesses, and large-scale population displacement resulting from the devastating impacts of climate change. This presentation will introduce you to the nation of Kiribati, its people, and the unprecedented predicaments they have dealt with in rapidly deteriorating local environments.
What Makes an Activist
Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities; Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and theBoston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist." A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.
Making Waste Work
Timothy Keener, PhD
Professor, Environmental Engineering
University of Cincinnati