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Climate Conversations

Join us for an in-depth conversation with national leaders, the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, founder of Hip Hop Caucus, and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a leading climate scientist, on climate change, where we are, where we are going, and what we can do about it.

Moderated by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman, Temple Beth El in Stamford, this event is co-hosted with the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network.

Free, but donations deeply appreciated. Once you register, you will be sent the webinar link via Eventbrite.

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About the Speakers

The Rev. Lennox Yearwood

The Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is the President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, U.S. Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life.

Rev Yearwood entered the world of Hip Hop Politics as the Political and Grassroots Director for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004, and as a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign in a run up to the 2004 Presidential Election.

To carry the energy of the efforts beyond election day, he founded Hip Hop Caucus in September of 2004. The goal of Hip Hop Caucus is to build a powerful and sustainable organization for the culture’s role in the civic process and empowerment of communities impacted first and worst by injustice.

As a national leader and pacemaker within the Green Movement, Rev Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental issue advocacy. With a diverse set of celebrity allies, he has raised awareness and action in communities that are often overlooked by traditional environmental campaigns and elected officials. His innovative stance has garnered the Hip Hop Caucus support from several environmental leaders including the Sunrise Movement, League of Conservation Voters, Earthjustice, and Zero Hour.

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is an Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law in the Public Administration program of the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech. She has a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Colgate University and from Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

Professor Hayhoe’s research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to evaluate the future impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. She has published over 125 peer-reviewed abstracts and publications and served as lead author on key reports for the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences, including the Second, Third and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments. Her TED talk has received nearly 3 million views and she is currently writing a book on talking about climate change that will be released in early 2021.

She is an Oxfam Sister of the Planet and currently chairs the Earth Science Women’s Network Advisory Council as well as serving on the American Geophysical Union’s Climate Communications Prize Committee, the National Center for Atmospheric Research Walter Orr Roberts Distinguished Lecture Committee, the science advisory board for the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, the Editorial Committee of Texas Tech University Press, the scientific research advisory council for Engie, the international advisory board for the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and the advisory board for the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

In 2019, Dr. Hayhoe was named to Foreign Policy’s list of 100 Global Thinkers for the second time and received the United Nations Environment Programme’s flagship award, being named Champion of the Earth in the category of Science and Innovation.




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