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DUBLIN – Talking Climate: Why Facts are Not Enough
March 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The School of Religion, the Centre for Environmental Humanities, and the Trinity Long Room Hub Institute for Arts and the Humanities welcome Dr. Katharine Hayhoe for a lecture, free and open to the public.
Talking Climate: Why Facts are Not Enough
When we hear people objecting to climate change, they often use science-y or even religious-y sounding arguments. “It’s just a natural cycle,” some say, or “God is in control, so humans can’t affect something as big as our planet.” Yet if the conversation continues a few minutes longer, it rapidly becomes apparent that the real objections have nothing to do with lack of information or knowledge or belief. Our attitudes towards climate change are primarily the result of where we fall on the political spectrum, and our corresponding aversion to what we perceive to be the only solution: allowing the government to destroy the economy, impose unfair regulations, and rob us of our personal liberties.
Is there solid evidence that climate is changing and humans are responsible? Are there solutions that are economically viable and appealing across the political spectrum? And why would any of us even care? Join Katharine Hayhoe as she untangles the complex science behind global warming and highlights the key role our values can play in shaping our conversations on this crucial topic.