Climate on the Brain

Event has passed (Fri Sep 12, 2014 - Fri Sep 12, 2014)
The Commonwealth Club
5:30 pm check in, 6 pm program, 7 pm networking reception
$7 - $20
City, Discussion


Abundant scientific evidence demonstrates climate disruption is happening in all 50 states now and many Americans are directly experiencing impacts. Yet many people are failing to do all they can to reduce carbon pollution and build a resilient future. Are we mad? Or are we simply human?

While fossil fuels are challenges on many systemic levels – biological, economic, political, international – one of the most daunting obstacles is human cognition. Human brains are wired to detect threats such as tigers in the bush and are not well equipped for odorless invisible gases come out our own tailpipes and pie holes.

Join us for a conversation of how extreme weather events could make us less concerned, not more. Does having children make people less concerned about climate change? What can people do to become informed and empowered?

Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley
George Marshall, Author, Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

Date: Friday, September 12
Location: The Commonwealth Club, SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, Second Floor, San Francisco
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, 12 p.m. program, 1 p.m. networking reception and book signing
Cost: $20 non-members, FREE for members, $7 students (with valid ID)

Also know: The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.

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  1. The Commonwealth Club
    555 Post Street, San Francisco, CA