Guest speaker Ernest Moniz (right), with Robert Armstrong, director of the MIT Energy Initiative at the annual MIT Energy Conference in 2016.
Photo: Bryce Vickmark
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Selected Past Events
Apr 20, 2018
Apr 21, 2018
Climate Changed Symposium
Co-sponsored by the Environmental Solutions Initiative and School of Architecture and Planning | Friday, April 20, 2018 to Saturday, April 21, 2018 | MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor, Cambridge
In the 1960s, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) created the first general circulation models simulating Earth's oceans and atmosphere, shedding light on their combined impact on the global climate system. Since then models have served as our primary mode of framing, analyzing, understanding, representing, translating, and designing the built environment for a changed climate. This symposium brought together experts in the sciences, humanities, and the design world to explore how models act in a climate changed.
Together in Climate Action: Northeastern North America Policy Summit
December 7 and 8, 2017 | MIT Campus | Cambridge, MA
MIT hosted a summit in December 2017 to highlight the regional leadership of the northeast U.S. and eastern Canada in responding to climate change and to explore strategies for building on that leadership.
To read the MIT News story about the summit, click here.
Jan 9, 2017
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Samberg Conference Center, 7th Floor | Monday, January 9, 2017, 10:30am
In an address at MIT, John F. Kerry, the 68th Secretary of State of the United States, said that the effort to limit climate change was a dire “race against time,” but one that could be successful due to the economic promise of renewable energy.
Read the MIT News story about Secretary Kerry's speech here.
Watch the archived webcast of Secretary Kerry's speech here.
From record temperatures to extreme weather events, the impacts of climate change are evident around the globe. Yet while the climate threat becomes increasingly clear, the collective nature of its causes and the seeming remoteness of its impacts challenge many of our ethical intuitions. What is our ethical responsibility to take action against climate change? Join other members of the MIT community in a conversation about the ethical implications of climate change and our collective responsibility for action.
World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities
Samberg Conference Center | MIT Chang Building (E52) | 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
MIT hosted a community of the world’s foremost universities for the third annual “World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities”.
The symposium, with the theme “Designing Tomorrow’s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation", brought together leading academics from around the globe to collectively advance scalable solutions that have the power to transform communities into more livable and sustainable places, given the urgent challenges of a changing climate. MIT served as the backdrop for three days of interactive sessions and workshops.
Hosted at the Kirsch Auditorium, MIT Stata Center | Wednesday January 27th, 2016 | 8:30am - 5:00pm
A symposium presented by the Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences and co-sponsored by the Lorenz Center and the Houghton Fund, featuring guest keynotes from Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief, Science, and Justin Gillis of The New York Times.
Join this event of the MIT Climate Change Conversation to learn about different facets of divestment from fossil fuel companies and explore whether MIT should divest its endowment as part of its response to climate change. Six prominent voices in the dialogue on climate change and energy will be staged as two teams that present PRO-divestment and AGAINST-divestment arguments in a classic debate format. The discussion will provide a nuanced view of the relevant issues being widely contested on university campuses, and in particular at MIT. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the MIT community to hear a diversity of expert perspectives, to have questions answered, and to deepen our understanding of the opportunities, drawbacks, and alternatives to fossil fuel divestment and of how universities can address global warming.
Moderator: Tony Cortese, Intentional Endowments Network Debating for fossil fuel divestment: Naomi Oreskes, Professor of History of Science at Harvard University Don Gould, Trustee Pitzer College & CIO Gould Asset Management John Sterman, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management Debating against fossil fuel divestment: Brad Hager, Professor, Director of the MIT Earth Resources Laboratory Frank Wolak, Professor of Economics, Stanford University Timothy Smith, Director of ESG Engagement, Walden Asset Management
Mar 31, 2015
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Getting Through on Global Warming: How to Rewire Climate Change Communication
MIT Building 51-115 (Wong Auditorium, Tang Center)
Why do most of us recognize that climate change is real, yet few take action? Why do some not recognize it as real? By exploring the roadblocks to effective climate change communication, this diverse panel of faculty and media experts will unpack why our brains are wired to ignore a monumental threat to society. And they will ask, can we recast the problem? What is the role of science in the communication challenge? How and why has this particular issue changed the public's perception of scientists? Drawing on the MIT community’s input to the Climate Conversation Idea Bank and through live Q&A, the panel will identify and examine communication strategies that MIT and others can employ to shift the global climate debate and to inspire action.