6:00-7:00 pm - Reception
7:00-8:00 pm - A Conversation on Climate Change with James Balog and Jim White
Award-winning photographer James Balog and Jim White, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Geological Sciences at The University of Colorado, discuss the effects of global climate change, the impact on life in Colorado, and how local communities can become more resilient and climate-smart in developing green solutions. James Balog's Chasing Ice photography exhibit will be on display.
Preceding the lecture will be a reception with Governor John Hickenlooper discussing the state’s role in addressing and adapting to a changing climate. Work from local artists will highlight issues of climate justice through the lens of Denver's Westwood neighborhood. Join community leaders and climate advocates to discuss how climate change is being addressed at the city and neighborhood level and what you can do to help. Proceeds from the reception will support The Trust for Public Land's Climate-Smart Cities program. Space is limited.
James Balog, Founder & President, Earth Vision Institute and Extreme Ice Survey
For 35 years, photographer James Balog (“BAY-log”) has broken new conceptual and artistic ground on one of the most important issues of our era: human modification of our planet’s natural systems. An avid mountaineer with a graduate degree in geography and geomorphology, James is equally at home on a Himalayan peak or a whitewater river, the African savannah or polar icecaps. James has become a global spokesman on the subject of climate change and human impact on the environment. He founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted. As a consequence of this historic work, in 2009, he served as a U.S./NASA representative at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 15) in Copenhagen. In 2015, at COP 21 in Paris, he made numerous presentations on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), The United Nations Foundation and Solutions COP 21 at the Grand Palais. For more information visit earthvisioninstitute.org.
James W. C. White, PhD, The University of Colorado
James White is a Professor of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies and the Director of Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Considered a leading researcher in his field, Dr. White is a renowned speaker on climate issues, providing the connection between global scientific data and local human context. His research primarily focuses on climate change and the loss of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through land plants in the Earth's climate. Dr. White specifically researches global scale climate and environmental dynamics; carbon dioxide concentrations and climate from stable hydrogen isotopes, peats and other organics; climate from deuterium excess and hydrogen isotopes in ice cores; isotopes in general circulation models; modern carbon cycle dynamics via isotopes of carbon dioxide and methane.