Confronting the Climate Crisis

Thursday, January 17, 8:30am- 10:15am, Murphy Institute, NYC
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Dr. James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies

David Coles, President, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Canda

Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York Taxi Workers Alliance

Hector Figueroa, President, Local 32BJ, Service Employees International Union

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Time: 8:30am- 10:15am

Location: Murphy Institute, CUNY, 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor

Dr. James Hansen, the world's foremost climate scientist, will detail the harsh realities of the climate emergency and what needs to be done to address it.

Hansen and the scientific community have warned that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak this decade if we are to have any chance of stabilizing our climate and preventing runaway global warming. Yet 2012 set a record high of 39 billion tons of CO2 emissions due to the burning of fossil fuels, 58 percent above 1990 levels. If this level continues Superstorm Sandy showed us a glimpse of the future.

Representatives from the labor movement will examine how they can play a more active role in shaping a meaningful response to this planetary crisis.

To RSVP: contact Jill Kubit at 212.340.2840 or

A light breakfast will be served.

This event is organized by the Cornell Global Labor Institute, a program of the Worker Institute at Cornell and the Joseph S. Murphy Institute at CUNY.