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Fear and Hope in the Climate Conversation

The Climate Museum is pleased to present a panel discussion entitled “Fear and hope in the climate conversation.” This official Climate Week affiliate event will take place on Tuesday, September 19, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 800 Third Avenue.


The following speakers are confirmed:

  • Heidi Cullen, Chief Scientist, Climate Central, as moderator
  • Michelle DePass, Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy; Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management, The New School
  • Ed Maibach, Director, Center for Climate Change Communication; Distinguished University Professor, George Mason University
  • Eve Mosher, HighWaterLine; Liquid City; Lose/Loss/Lost
  • David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine
  • Dan Zarrilli, Senior Director, Office of Climate Policy and Programs, and Chief Resilience Officer, New York City
  • Peggy Shepard, Cofounder and Executive Director, WEACT for Environmental Justice


New York Magazine recently ran a cover story by panelist David Wallace-Wells called “The Uninhabitable Earth” laying out a worst-case scenario for climate change. After opening with a series of frightening recent examples of climate impacts, the article continued, "[b]ut no matter how well-informed you are, you are surely not alarmed enough."


The story attracted enormous readership and sparked intense discussion and controversy within the climate advocacy community, prompting pieces in The Atlantic and the Washington Post, with New York Magazine itself publishing online a new edition of the article supplemented with interviews and links to further reading.


Wallace-Wells’s article and the ensuing discussion raise deeply important questions about how we should talk about climate change.


We are poised between accelerating physical disruptions that are truly terrifying, on one hand, and, on the other, advances towards solutions that are truly inspiring and promising. How should we communicate these two realities? What are our goals in talking about climate? What do we know, or think we know, about how the public will respond to different emotional tones in climate outreach and advocacy? What is required by journalistic ethics?


How, in telling the truth about climate change, do we balance fear and hope?


This even is open to the public. Please RSVP here.

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