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Climate Change (Series) (1/17/20-5/8/20)
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Planet in Peril
Friday, January 17
Speaker: Jonathan Overpeck

Climate change is becoming THE challenge of the 21st century, and is likely to impact most of the human enterprise, as well as planetary life support systems, in increasingly unprecedented ways. Overpeck will discuss global implications, including the imperative to act quickly on climate change, or risk major Earth system tipping points. He’ll then drill down to the scale of the U.S. and Great Lakes region to provide a more relatable sense of what is at stake. 
Professor Overpeck is an interdisciplinary climate scientist and has written over 210 published works on climate and the environmental sciences. He served as a Working Group 1 Coordinating Lead Author for the Nobel Prize winning IPCC 4th Assessment (2007). He is a Fellow of AGU and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and tweets about climate-related issues @GreatLakesPeck.

The Politics of Carbon Pricing
Friday, February 14
Speaker: Barry Rabe

 Carbon pricing in the form of carbon taxes or cap-and-trade has been broadly embraced by economists for decades as the best policy option for mitigating the threat of climate change. But carbon pricing has struggled politically in the United States and abroad.  It remains among the least likely climate policies to be adopted and among the most likely to be reversed if approved. The talk will examine political challenges across each stage of the policy life-cycle, considering both the impediments to carbon pricing but also key design elements of the more successful and durable policies to date. 
 A political scientist trained at the University of Chicago, Professor Rabe is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He is the author of five books, including Can We Price Carbon? (MIT Press, 2018) and is the recipient of four research awards from the American Political Science Association.

Climate Law and Policy - From the UN to City Hall
Friday, March 20
Speaker: Jennifer Haverkamp

 Drawing upon her decades working in government and NGOs on global and U.S. climate policy, Professor Haverkamp will discuss the state of international climate treaty negotiations and implementation, the effects of U.S. federal regulatory rollbacks and a withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and how state and local governments are moving forward with their own laws and policies. 
Jennifer Haverkamp was the U.S. State Department’s Ambassador and Special Representative for Environment and Water Resources, directed EDF’s International Climate Program, and served as an Assistant U.S. Trade Representative. She earned a JD from Yale Law School, an MA from Oxford University, and a BA from The College of Wooster.

Business Strategy and Leadership
Friday, April 17
Speaker: Andrew Hoffman

Solutions to the climate change challenge must come from the market (as comprised of corporations, the government, non-governmental organizations, and others), the most powerful institution on earth, and from business, which is the most powerful entity within it. Though government is an important arbiter of the market, it is business that transcends national boundaries, possessing resources that exceed those of many nations.  Professor Hoffman will discuss the ways in which climate change is altering and will alter markets, and the kinds of resulting responses from the business sector.
Professor Hoffman’s research uses organizational behavior models and theories to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. He has published over 100 articles/book chapters, as well as 16 books, which have been translated into six languages.

Local Leadership and Personal Action
Friday, May 8
Speakers: Mike Shriberg and Oday Salim

The two speakers will discuss what local governments and individuals can do to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. Dr. Shriberg will describe what Ann Arbor, Michigan has done and can do, as well as ways that he and others have addressed the issue at the scale of the family and individual. Professor Salim will evaluate the opportunities and obstacles to addressing climate change that the law creates for local governments here and around the world.
 Mike Shriberg, Ph.D., has served as Education Director at the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute as well as Policy Director at Ecology Center, Director of Environment Michigan and Environmental Studies Director and Assistant Professor at Chatham University.
Oday Salim is an attorney at the National Wildlife Federation as well as director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Environmental Law & Sustainability Clinic. Issues on which he has worked include: stormwater management, water quality permitting, water rights, environmental justice, land use and zoning, utility regulation, mineral rights, and renewable energy.

Join us for a Climate Action Expo and a light lunch after the May 8th lecture. All are welcome! Talk with representatives from several environmental
conservation groups. Gather literature that will move you to get involved in the climate change movement. Bring your questions and get answers.
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