An inconvenient truth
Scientists encourage us to learn more about global warming so that we can potentially save the planet from destruction, but the complexity and volume of information can be so overwhelming that it’s difficult to know where to start. Gabrielle Walker, the chief scientist at Xyntéo, a firm that advises corporations on environmentally responsible growth, carefully explains the multifaceted issues, theories, and research in four books, most recently Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of a Mysterious Continent (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). Walker holds a Ph.D. in natural sciences f r om Cambridge Universit y and has taught at Cambridge and Princeton. She is known for writing about this highly technical and polarizing subject matter in clear, poetic prose and for breaking the science, politics, and social issues around global warming into manageable chunks; former vice president Al Gore called her 2008 book The Hot Topic: What We Can Do About Global Warming a “beacon of clarity” in a sea of misinformation. Walker discusses climate change, action, and sustainability at 7 p. m. on Wednesday, March 23, as part of the Lannan Foundation’s In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series at the Lensic Performing Arts Center (211 W. San Francisco St.). She is joined in conversation by Chris Williams, a Lannan Fellow, environmental activist, professor of physics and chemistry at Pace Universit y, and author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis (Haymarket, 2010). Tickets to the lecture are $6 ($3 for students and seniors) and are available by calling 505-988-1234 or visiting www.ticketssantafe.org.
— Jennifer Levin