Peril and Opportunity: Solving the Climate Crisis and Reinvigorating Democracy
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 7:00PM
Former Vice President Al Gore, chairman of The Climate Reality Project, will share his thoughts on addressing climate change within our democracy and take questions from students at Stanford University, when he gives a lecture in honor of Stephen H. Schneider, the Stanford professor and world-renowned climate scientist who died in 2010.
The program, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) in Memorial Auditorium on the Stanford campus. Tickets are free, but seating is limited, with a maximum of two (2) tickets per person. Stanford students and postdoctoral fellows need only show their Stanford identification card to be admitted.
“Al Gore worked closely with Steve to sound the alarm about climate change, long before the average person understood there was a problem,” said Terry Root, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, which is sponsoring the event along with the Stanford Speakers Bureau and two student groups on campus: Students in Government and Students for a Sustainable Stanford. Root frequently collaborated with her late husband Steve Schneider on understanding environmental consequences of climate change.
Gore is the author of the best-sellers “Earth in the Balance,” “An Inconvenient Truth,” “The Assault on Reason” and “Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis,” as well as a new book titled “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.” He is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for "informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change."
Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980 and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on Jan. 20, 1993, and served eight years.
Steve Schneider was a leader in science communication and a world expert on interdisciplinary climate science. At the time of his death, he was the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute. His most recent work centered on communicating the possible risks, vulnerabilities and impacts of climate change to ensure that leaders were sufficiently informed to apply smart risk management strategies in climate-policy decision making.
Schneider founded the interdisciplinary journal “Climatic Change” and continued to serve as its editor-in-chief until his death. He consulted with federal agencies and/or White House staff in every U.S. presidential administration since the Nixon era. He was an author of the first four assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Please note: No tickets will be mailed out for this event. Please come pick up your ticket in the Stanford Ticket Office on the second floor of Tresidder Union before April 23 to avoid long lines at the event. We are open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 12 noon to 4 pm.