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Critical Conversations 2020: Responses to Climate Change

Critical Conversations 2020: Responses to Climate Change

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 6:30 pm

This event is sold out. Tickets will not be for sale at the door.

Responses to Climate Change

Activists and experts debate what needs to be done and why we are too immobilized to act.

Critical Conversations is an annual Spertus Institute program inspired by Judaism’s embrace of civil discourse. A key event in Spertus’ schedule, it brings together high-profile speakers (often with considerably different points of view) to address the most critical issues of the day.

The Critical Conversations series is generously funded by the late Eric Joss.


Moderator David Wallace-Wells

The most important driver of climate change is human action. We have our hands on those levers.
— David Wallace-Wells

David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor and climate columnist for New York magazine. He is the author of international bestseller The Uninhabitable Earth, soon to be an HBO Max series.


Karenna Gore headshot

Right now we have a value system reflected in economics...we need morality in our political decision-making
— Karenna Gore

Karenna Gore is director and founder of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.

Bill McKibben headshot

The one thing that needs to be bigger than climate change is our movement to stop it
— Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is the founder of international environmental organization His 1989 book The End of Nature is often cited as the first book on global warming. His new book is titled Falter.

Kevin Green headshot

The same peculiar, emotional, even illogical human mind that got us into this mess is the best instrument we have for getting us out
— Kevin Green

Kevin Green is Vice President at Rare and head of the Center for Behavior & the Environment. His global team designs solutions to environmental challenges.

Mirele B. Goldsmith headshot

If we rise to the occasion… we can contribute to a future that is safe [and] full of love, compassion, and justice
— Mirele B. Goldsmith

Mirele B. Goldsmith is an environmental psychologist and activist. She is a founder of Jewish Earth Alliance, a grassroots coalition mobilizing Jews to advocate for action on climate change.

Katherine Milkman headshot

How can we use insights from economics and psychology to change our behavior?
— Katherine Milkman

Katherine Milkman is a behavioral economist from the Wharton School, where she works on getting humans to make better decisions. She hosts the podcast Choiceology.

All tickets include pre-program drinks and appetizers 5:00-6:15 pm.

VIP tickets ($100) include pre-program event, VIP seating, and post-program reception with the speakers.

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