“Imagine a giant asteroid on a direct collision course with Earth. That is the equivalent of what we face now [with climate change], yet we dither.”
~ James Hansen
James Hansen speaks from a studied point of view, sharing what he’s learned about climate change and why it scares him to think of the future his grandchildren, the monarch butterfly and something ‘worse than the dust bowl’.
Mr. Hansen knows what our Earth faces and wants ensure that others understand his message. He’s serious to the point that his attempt to communicate has gotten him arrested and taken him all over the world to spread his message.
James Hansen is Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of James Van Allen at the University of Iowa. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid. Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-made climate change.
Hansen is known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power, for identifying ineffectual policies as greenwash, and for outlining the actions that the public must take to protect the future of young people and the other species on the planet.
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Editor: Tanya L. Markul