Video lectures

Understanding Complexities

The difficulties in communicating the facts of climate change to the public, in spite of a scientific consensus on the seriousness of
the problem, are what instigated the Earth101 Project. Its main focus is the question of how we can effectively mediate to the public
the grave consequences climate change will most likely have on the earth’s weather- and ecosystems in the immediate future.
Some of the world’s leading experts in climate science and communication support the project and are prepared to contribute to it
by giving lectures and interviews. The videos shared are products of the Earth101 conferences, the first of which was held in October
2013 in Iceland.

Click the photos below to access videos by each lecturer.

  • Guðni mynd 1-p18gr3o6nj1viesk438r1jutt8k
    Guðni Elísson, Professor in Comparative Literature, head of Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative
    Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland. He has written two books and close to fifty articles on various subjects matters in the fields of literature, cinema, cultural studies, as well as on environmental issues. He has also edited over twenty books. He is especially interested in the way political think tanks influence environmental debates in modern Western societies.
  • Stefan - mynd-p18gr3o6nh1ugerqh1pgu1oja1958
    Stefan Rahmstorf, oceanographer and climatologist. Since 2000, he has been a Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University and is Department Head at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He was one of the lead authors of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He is a co-founder of the blog RealClimate, and was portrayed as one of the world’s 10 leading climate scientists by the Financial Times in 2009.
  • Mike Mann - mynd-p18gr3o6niahq14igb0l1bu211ts
    Michael Mann, physicist and climatologist, is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He has written more than 140 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and published two books, most recently The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (2012). Mann received a personalized certificate from the IPCC for “contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC”.
  • Kari Norgaard-p18gr3o6ni1m1dep5ders9fff9
    Kari Norgaard is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. Over the past ten years she has published and taught in the areas of environmental sociology, gender and environment, race and environment, climate change, sociology of culture, social movements and sociology of emotions. Her book Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life was published in 2011.
  • Peter Sinclair-p18gr3o6nisr99onolsuuj9ub
    Peter Sinclair is the author of “Climate Denial Crock of the Week”. He is a regular contributor to the prestigious Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, for which he produces a companion video series titled “This is Not Cool.” There are now more than 100 videos in the two series, which are used around the world to better understand and explain the most important environmental issue of our time.
  • Dan Laffoley
    Dan Laffoley is Principal Advisor on Marine Science and Conservation for IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Global Marine and Polar Programme and also acts as Marine Vice-Chair for the World Commission on Protected Areas. He has a place on the Boards and Councils of many UK leading marine science organizations and acts as an independent advisor to the UK Government on marine science.
  • Mike Berners-Lee
    Mike Berners-Lee is Mike Berners-Lee is a leading expert in carbon-footprints and director of Small World Consulting at Lancaster University. He is the author of How Bad are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything (2010) and with Duncan Clark he wrote The Burning Question: We can’t burn half the world’s oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit? (2013).
  • Karen Pinkus
    Karen Pinkus is a professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Cornell University and a member of the Advisory Board of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and a member of the Atkinson Center Climate Change Focus Group. Karen has published widely in Italian culture, literary theory, cinema, visual theory, and environmental theory.
  • Kevin Anderson
    Kevin Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. Anderson recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organization.
  • Guðni mynd 1-p18gr3o6nj1viesk438r1jutt8k
    Guðni Elísson, Professor in Comparative Literature, head of Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative
    Cultural Studies at the University of Iceland. He has written two books and close to fifty articles on various subjects matters in the fields of literature, cinema, cultural studies, as well as on environmental issues. He has also edited over twenty books. He is especially interested in the way political think tanks influence environmental debates in modern Western societies.
  • Gavin Schmidt
    Gavin Schmidt began his career at NASA GISS in 1996, and is now Director. His primary area of research is the development and evaluation of computer simulations of the Earth’s climate, and is particularly interested in how they can be used to inform decision-making. Schmidt received a doctorate in applied mathematics from University College London in 1994.
  • Erick Fernandes
    Erick Fernandes is an Adviser on Agriculture, Forestry & Climate Change at the World Bank and Co-Led the Bank’s Global Expert Team for Adaptation to Climate Change (GET-CCA). Erick is from a Kenya and grew up in the arid lands of northern Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia. He holds a PhD in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining the Bank he was an International Professor of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University with research and teaching programs on tropical agroecosystems, hydrosheds, and natural resources.
  • Kevin Anderson
    Kevin Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. Anderson recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK’s leading academic climate change research organization. Kevin’s work makes clear that there is now little to no chance of maintaining the rise in global mean surface temperature at below 2°C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary.
  • Erik M. Conway
    Erik Conway is a historian of science and technology residing in Pasadena, CA, currently employed by the California Institute of Technology. He studies and documents the history of space exploration, and examines the intersections of space science, Earth science, and technological change. Conway has co-authored two books with Naomi Oreskes on climate change, the Merchants of Doubt (2010) and The Collapse of ‘Western’ Civilization (2014).