Climate Change Conversations

Explore Climate Change

Join Yale Alumni Academy this October for a two-week series of conversations on Climate Change. Engage with distinguished professors and alumni on the issues facing our planet.  Discover how climate change is felt through water, the attitudes and politics surrounding climate change, health ramifications, religious and ethical responses, and the effects of climate change on the economy. 


Anthony L Climate

Monday, October 26th at 1:30 p.m. eastern

Professor Anthony Leiserowitz

Climate change is one of the most daunting challenges of our time. Americans have diverse and sometimes opposing views about global warming, fundamentally shaping the political climate of climate change. Continue reading.

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John Grim Climate

Tuesday, October 27th at 4 p.m. eastern

Professors Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim

Our growing environmental crises has required the expertise of science, policy, law, technology, and economics. Yet religious, spiritual, and ethical perspectives are also needed in the search for solutions. How to adapt religious teachings to this task of revaluing nature so as to prevent its destruction marks a significant new phase in religious thought. Continue reading.

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Dan Esty Climate Change

Thursday, October 29th at 4 p.m. eastern

Professor Dan Esty

Climate change represents a particularly challenging policy problem because greenhouse gas emissions blanket the Earth without regard to their origin, thus requiring global collaboration for a successful response. This presentation will trace the ups and downs of international efforts to respond to the challenge from the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change to the present moment.  Continue reading.

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Meet the Professors

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Robert Dubrow
Robert Dubrow, MD, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology (Department of Environmental Health Sciences) at Yale School of Public Health, serves as the founding director of the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, which utilizes research, education, and public health practice to help safeguard the health of human populations from adverse impacts of climate change and human activities that cause climate change. To protect health, the center works with academic, government, and civil society partners to utilize science to contribute toward sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building resilience to the climate change impacts that continue to occur. The center aims to make local, national, and international impact and to integrate social justice into all of its work. Among its activities are an online certificate program on climate change and health; the first detailed report on climate change and health in Connecticut; an experiential clinic for Yale students focused on climate justice, climate  policy, law, and public health; a new program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste in hospitals and healthcare systems; and membership in the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change – an international collaboration that tracks global progress on climate change and health through an annual report published in the medical journal The Lancet.

Jim Salzman

Jim Salzman, Yale College Class of 1985, is the Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law with joint appointments at the UCLA School of Law and at the School of the Environment at UC Santa Barbara. An international expert on drinking water, he frequently appears as a media commentator and has lectured on every continent. A dedicated classroom teacher, Salzman was twice selected as Professor of the Year by Duke students. He has taught at Yale, Stanford, Duke and Harvard as well as at universities in Australia, China, Israel, Italy, Portugal, and Sweden. In a dozen books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics ranging from water to wildlife, from climate change to creating markets for ecosystems. There have been over 100,000 downloads of his articles. His book, Drinking Water: A History, is in its second edition and has been featured in Scientific American, the New York Times, the Washington Post and NPR's Weekend Edition. He is active in the fields of practice and policy, having served as a Member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee and the National Drinking Water Advisory Committee, government-appointed bodies providing high-level counsel to the EPA Administrator, as well as advising several environmental non-profits. He and his wife, Heather Stanford (Yale College Class of '80), are avid travelers.

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Anthony Leiserowitz

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D. is the founder and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment. He is an expert on public climate change and environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the psychological, cultural, and political factors that shape them. He conducts research at the global, national, and local scales, including many surveys of the American public. He conducted the first global study of public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding sustainable development and has published more than 200 scientific articles, chapters, and reports. He has served as a contributing author, panel member, advisor or consultant to diverse organizations including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR6 Report), the National Academy of Sciences (America’s Climate Choices Report), the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Harvard Kennedy School, the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, and the World Economic Forum, among others. He is a recipient of the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education, the Mitofsky Innovator Award from the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One. He is also the host of Climate Connections, a radio program broadcast each day on more than 600 stations and frequencies nationwide. Twitter: @ecotone2, @YaleClimateComm, @CC_Yale

John Grim and Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim teach at Yale School of the Environment and Yale Divinity School. They direct the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, which arose from ten conferences they organized at Harvard's Center for the Study of World Religions. They are series editors of the Harvard volumes from the conferences on Religion and Ecology.

Tucker specializes in East Asian religions, especially Confucianism. Grim specializes in indigenous traditions, especially Native American religions.

Grim and Tucker have written a number of books including Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014) and edited the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology (2017). They are editors for the series on Ecology and Justice from Orbis Books.

They were students of Thomas Berry and collaborated over several decades to edit his books. They also wrote Thomas Berry: A Biography with Andrew Angyal (Columbia, 2019).

With his article “The New Story,” Berry was a major inspiration for Journey of the Universe. With Brian Thomas Swimme, Tucker and Grim created this multi-media project that includes a book (Yale, 2011), an Emmy award winning film, a series of Conversations, and online courses from Yale/Coursera.

Until 2020, following in Berry’s footsteps, Grim served as president of the American Teilhard

Marian Chertow

Marian Chertow’s research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, circular economy, waste management, and urban sustainability. Her research has championed the study of industrial symbiosis involving geographically based exchanges of materials, energy, water and wastes within networks of businesses globally. She has conducted many studies of industrial ecology in China and India, as a means of assessing environmental benefits alongside economic ones. In 2019 she received the highest recognition of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, its Society Prize, for her “outstanding contributions to the field.”

 Prior to Yale, Professor Chertow spent ten years in environmental business and state and local government including service as president of a bonding authority that built a billion dollars worth of waste infrastructure. She is a frequent international lecturer, serves as an Advisor to the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Trane Technologies, Inc, is on the Board of Terracycle US Inc, and the Board of the Alliance for Research in Corporate Sustainability.

Dan Esty

Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments in the Yale Environment School and the Law School and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He also serves as Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and on the advisory board of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, which he founded in 2006. Professor Esty is the author or editor of thirteen books (including the prizewinning guide to corporate sustainability, Green to Gold) and dozens of articles on environmental and energy policy -- and their connections to regulatory approaches, corporate strategy, sustainability performance measurement, competitiveness, trade, and economic success. His recent (edited) volume, A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future, was named a top book of 2019 by The Financial Times.

From 1989-93, Professor Esty served in a number of senior positions in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  During this time, he led EPA’s regulatory review process and helped to negotiate the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. From 2011-14, he returned to government service as Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. In this role, he led efforts to draft Connecticut’s first energy strategy, launch a Green Bank to promote clean energy, and restructure the state’s regulatory programs.  Known for his innovative work at the business-sustainability interface, Professor Esty has also provided strategy advice to companies, governments, international organizations, NGOs, and foundations around the world. 

Climate Change Mitigation: Protecting the Health of Current and Future Generations On-Demand

Presented by Dr. Robert Dubrow

Climate Change and Water On-Demand

Presented by James Salzman ’85

Climate Change in the American Mind

Presented by Anthony Leiserowitz