Invite a Speaker to Your Group . . . Learn, Discuss, and Get Involved!
Climate scientists and other experts are available to come to events and venues, fairs and markets, brew pubs and cafes, events large or small, for audiences of all ages. Arranging for a climate scientist to join your event is an excellent way to raise awareness about the causes, impacts and solutions to climate change. To get more information about climate speakers and possible topics, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Speaker Options:
There are several formats for having a climate scientist or speaker: an informal Ask a Climate Scientist, a somewhat more formal slide presentation, or a panel discussion to explore different aspects of a topic.
Ask A Climate Scientist: This format provides a scientist to informally answer those questions people have been dying to ask! This can be both fun and informative for all ages and often is combined with up to date outreach materials and fun games with prizes. An Ask the Climate Scientist table can be part of many types of events from farmers markets to fundraisers, fairs and festivals to conferences. It’s a great way to get people engaged and ready to take action!
Climate Scientist Presentations: Having a slide presentation by a climate scientist on their research area makes for a fascinating talk. Questions from the audience help build a deeper understanding of the causes, impacts and solutions to global warming, rising sea levels, and ocean acidification.
Some possible topics:
- Ocean Acidification: How CO2 is increasing in the ocean and why it is a concern.
- Climate Change 101: The basics of climate change.
- Affects on Animals as the Earth Warms: How global warming impacts wildlife.
- Polar Ice and Climate Change: What is happening with sea ice at the poles and why it matters.
- Meeting Global Energy Needs without Fossil Fuels – Possible ways that growing world wide energy demands can be met without fossil fuels.
- Nuclear Power: Myths, facts, and future of nuclear power as part of the answer to global warming.
- Future Northwest Forests: Forest fires, and what should we be planning for the future with hotter temperatures and new pests.
Speakers on Policy, Economic and Legal Topics: We can also arrange for experts who can speak to policy, economic, and legal/legislative topics. Here are some examples:
Initiative 732 – Making Taxes More Fair and Promotes Cleaner Energy:
Speakers from the grassroots Carbon Washington will explain how the November 2016 ballot Initiative 732 will reduce the state’s regressive sales tax by 1%, fund a tax rebate for working families, reduce the B&O tax and add a tax to fossil fuels. They will explain how this is a win/win for those of us who want to help spur economic growth and improve air quality by reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases (GHG).
Cascadia Climate Action endorses I-732 as a critical means of reducing CO2 emissions.
Coal Exports Through the Pacific Northwest:
Dr. William McPherson a volunteer with the Sierra Club – Beyond Coal Washington Task Force, and a former climate diplomat, speaks on why devoting rail lines, shorelines, and waterways to fossil fuel exports is not a good strategy for our economy or the environment. Coal is the dirtiest fuel available, and the Sierra Club opposes coal exports as well as domestic use of coal. Demand for coal has declined in America and Big Coal is now looking to foreign markets to sell their coal. Update: Bill attended the Paris Climate Talks in December 2015 and can also speak on that experience.
The Climate Reality Project – Solving the Climate Crisis There are several speakers who have received training from Al Gore’s organization to provide the background, science, and real-world evidence of the climate crisis, focusing in particular on what’s been going on in the past few years. Theirs is a clear call to action for what we need to do now to solve the climate crisis. We can help you connect with them.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Selden Prentice with 350-Seattle, explains the treaty that’s been called “NAFTA on steroids”! The Trans-Pacific Partnership is currently being negotiated in secret, and leaked information about its terms suggest devastating effects on environmental legislation. Fast-track approval in the United States Senate would lead to an irreversible commitment with no public scrutiny or input.
Divestment from Fossil Fuels: Alex Lenferna of UW Divest and Lynn Fitz-Hugh of 350-Seattle discuss the opportunity for churches, colleges, pension funds, and small investors to fight climate change by removing financial support from the fossil fuel industry.
Cascadia Climate Action, in addition to connecting groups and venues with climate scientists and other speakers, independently sponsors events at local bookstores, cafes, brew pubs and libraries, among others, with climate scientists. Watch for these events on the Climate Events Calendar.
Do you have another topic you are interested in? Ask us! We can help! Speakers@CascadiaClimateAction.org.