Author Susan Joy Hassol will deliver keynote address as a part of Earth Week at Elon

Hassol, award-winning climate change communicator, will speak at Elon University on April 19 at 7:30 pm in McKinnon Hall.

As part of Earth Week events at Elon University, author and Director of Climate Communication Susan Joy Hassol will deliver the keynote address on the current environmental state in a talk titled, “The Climate Crisis: Reasons for Hope,” on Tuesday, April 19 in McKinnon Hall inside the Moseley Center at 7:30 p.m.

Hassol is an award-winning climate change communicator and author known for her ability to make complex scientific topics more accessible. She is the author of the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has written and edited numerous high-level reports including the first three U.S. National Climate Assessments. She has testified to the United States Senate, written an HBO documentary and penned popular articles and editorials for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and Scientific American in recent months.

In her keynote, Hassol will share a vision of the future we can create and discuss pathways for reaching it. A main point of her talk will be that our actions matter and the future is in our hands. Climate change is a manmade problem and it has manmade solutions. Because the world has so far failed to act with the necessary urgency, we now face a climate emergency. But crises can also present opportunities, and many of the solutions to the climate crisis solve other problems too, resulting in a safer, healthier, more equitable world.

This keynote presentation is free and open to the public. It will be recorded and available to anyone with Elon login credentials.

The talk is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Center for Environmental Studies, the Doherty Center for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Kernodle Center for Civic Life and the Strategic Communications Department.