Famed Climate Scientist James Hansen to Speak at Williams College on March 8

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 24, 2017— James Hansen, who directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions at Columbia University will speak at Williams College on Wednesday, March 8, in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. The presentation begins at 8 p.m. The title of his talk is “Global Climate Change: How Can Young People Take Charge of Their Future?”

Hansen, a former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, has more recently focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-caused climate change. He is perhaps best known for his testimony to congressional committees in the 1980s on global warming, which helped raise broad awareness of climate change issues.

Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was named one of the 100 most influential people on Earth by Time Magazine in 2006. He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby and Roger Revelle Research Medals, the Sophie Prize, and the Blue Planet Prize. Hansen “is recognized for speaking truth to power, identifying ineffectual policies as ‘greenwash,’ and for outlining actions that the public must make to protect the future of young people and other life on our planet.”

Hansen’s talk is one in a thematic series of lectures in a year of inquiry titled “Confronting Climate Change.” Throughout this academic year, Williams is hosting a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issues of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community.

The President’s Office, the Center for Environmental Studies, and the Geosciences Department are sponsoring this event.


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