Urgency & Agency in the Battle to Avert a Climate Crisis - UNA Milwaukee virtual and in-person event Oct 23

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In Celebration of the United Nation’s 76th Anniversary



Spotlight On: Urgency & Agency in the Battle to Avert a Climate Crisis


Saturday – October 23, 2021, from 10:00 AM – 11: 30 AM


Free & Open to the Public


Featuring A Presentation by Dr. Michael E. Mann


Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University.


His research focuses on climate science and climate change. He has received numerous awards including the National Conservation Achievement Award of the National Wildlife Foundation, the Friend of the Planet Award from the NCSE, the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the AAAS, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2020. He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He has authored more than 200 publications, and five books including Dire Predictions, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, The Madhouse Effect, The Tantrum that Saved the World, and The New Climate War.


Human-caused climate change is arguably the greatest threat we face as a civilization. Efforts to attack and deny the scientific evidence have constituted a major impediment to action over the past two decades. At a time when we appear to be moving past outright denial of the problem, another obstacle has emerged on the scene: Doomist framing that exaggerates the threat in such a way as to make catastrophic changes seem unavoidable. Such framing can lead us down the very same path of inaction as outright denial of the problem. It is important to recognize while there is great urgency in acting, there is also agency.


There is still time for us to avert the worst impacts of climate change if we act now and we act boldly. There is importance in emphasizing both urgency AND agency in the climate battle. I will discuss where we stand with this challenge in the wake of the most recent report of the U.N. Climate Assessment and in the lead-up to the all-important United Nations Climate Summit later this year in Glasgow.


Distinguished guests


  • Pam Routhier, Coordinator of the Whitefish Bay High School Model UN
  • Shaan Joshi & Savannah Rostad (Co-Pres.), Anavi Prakash & Sofia Englund (Co-VP), Model UN Officers
  • Boy Scout Troop 400 Color Guard


To Join Via Zoom:


Meeting ID: 991 6159 7391; Passcode: 5420Wfb!


To Join Via Phone: 312-626-6799; Meeting ID: 991 6159 7391; Passcode: 44330316


In-person attendance is available for a small audience at the Whitefish Bay Public Library

5420 N. Marlborough Drive – Whitefish Bay, WI


Registration is REQUIRED for in-person attendance at



For more information, contact Annette Robertson, Education Chair of the UNA-GM, at 414.332.3303 or annettejoanrobertson@gmail.com


UNA-GM website:  https://www.unamilwaukee.org/