May 6th, 2019


Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy; Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor, Texas Tech University

Deputy Editor at New York Magazine; Author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming


According to David Wallace-Wells, we’re cooked — literally. In his new book The Uninhabitable Earth, Wallace-Wells explores how climate change will impact not just the planet, but human lives — including how a five degree increase in temperatures would make parts of the planet unsurvivable.

But is panic and “doom and gloom” really the best way to galvanize a response to climate change? According to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, building connection over an existing set of values is critical to communicating the perils of climate change and mobilizing action to address it. Wallace-Wells asserts that in the U.S., complacency is a much bigger political problem than fatalism. If science and news headlines won’t propel us into climate action, perhaps fear will?

A conversation with David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor at New York Magazine and the author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, on how climate change will shape our politics, culture, and emotional lives. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and winner of the 2018 Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication, will be joining remotely from Texas.

This program was generously underwritten by the Susie Tomkins Buell Foundation.