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Panel Discussion

Earth’s climate is changing and humans are the major driver. The facts are equally clear that the changes in human behavior needed to address this looming threat are lagging—Why? Why are humans so unwilling and unable to deal with this issue that gets more challenging every day? Are there better ways to present the facts to effect changes in attitude and behavior?

On November 2 the Aquarium will host a day-long forum bringing together climate scientists and psychologists to develop strategies to motivate people to act on climate change. The forum was inspired by a new book by scientist and psychologist Jeffrey Kiehl called Facing Climate Change. The book will be available for sale, and Kiehl will be signing copies. In this evening lecture, the forum participants will share and add to the ideas in a panel discussion moderated by Aquarium President and CEO Dr. Jerry Schubel.

Evening Panel Discussion: 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Daytime Forum Schedule: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The ideas developed during the Aquarium forum will be captured in a set of programs that will be tested and evaluated at the Aquarium with its visitors over a twelve-month period. The results of these tests will be made available to other institutions at no cost.

Forum Live Webstream

Visit this page on November 2 to access the live webstream of the forum from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. YouTube streaming video is embedded on the lower right of this page below.

Attend the Full-Day Forum

To attend the daytime portion of the forum, please RSVP to Linda Brown at (562) 951-1648 or View the forum brochure with program schedule and speaker biographies.

Anthony Barnosky - Global change biologist, paleontologist, Stanford University, Co-Author, Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge?
Tom Bowman - Climate science and sustainable business communicator, Bowman Change, inc., exhibit designer, author, The Green Edge
Thomas Doherty - Psychologist, Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, American Psychological Association Task Force on Global Climate Change
Elizabeth Hadly - Biologist and geologist, paleoecologist, Stanford University, Co-Author of Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge?
Jeffrey Kiehl - Climate Scientist and Jungian Analyst, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Adjunct Professor UC Santa Cruz, Author, Facing Climate Change
Rori Knudtson - Artist, Architect, and Filmmaker, School of Critical Engagement, The Infinite Seed.
Heidrun Mumper-Drumm - Engineer and Designer, Director Sustainability initiatives, ArtCenter College of Design
Jerry R. Schubel - Oceanographer, short-film script writer, president/CEO of the Aquarium of the Pacific
Richard Somerville - Climate Scientist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego; member of the IPCC, Author of The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change
Per Espen Stoknes - Psychologist and economist, Author, What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming, Director of Center for Green Growth, Norwegian Business School, Norway
Gernot Wagner - Economist, Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Co-Author with Martin L. Weitzman of Climate Shock
Peter Whybrow - Psychiatrist and Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA; Author of The Well-Tuned Brain, The Remedy for a Manic Society
Deborah Zmarzly - Project Scientist and Exhibit Curator, Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego