Speaker offers ways to engage the American public on climate change

September 09, 2010

Susanne Moser, research associate at the University of California-Santa Cruz Institute for Marine Sciences and director of Susanne Moser Research and Consulting will discuss ways that scientists can enhance communication with the public on climate change as part of this year's EarthTalks series at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, in room 112 of the Walker Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

In her talk, “Americans Embracing Climate Change? Resistance and Engagement Opportunities in the Land of the Free,” Moser plans to examine American opinions, attitudes and beliefs about global warming over time as well as the failure of scientists and other communicators to engage the public.

“While there’s much room and opportunity for improvement in how we engage the public on climate change, there is good reason to hope that an engaged public might just yet come to embrace the need for change the opportunity to build a still-desirable tomorrow,” Moser said.

Moser has a varied background having served as a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of government and staff scientists for climate change at the Union of Concerned Scientists. A contributor to Working Group II of the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report, Moser has been selected as a lead author for the Fifth Assessment Report.

EarthTalks are sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI), Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE) and the Department of Geography.

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated January 09, 2015