Earth is warming. Intricate interactions—between the sun, land, air, water, ice and life—wash over us in a torrent. Incurring enormous risk, we envelope ourselves in a climate we have never known.
And yet honest discussion — much less genuine response — is starkly absent in the world’s foremost democracy. Climate change, it turns out, is the most divisive topic in America—eclipsing immigration, gun control, capitol punishment… even abortion. Not only are we not doing, we’re not even talking.
But what does one say, exactly, and how can you have this conversation proactively and constructively? Hear insights from two climate scientists who’ve been having this conversation for years in one of the hardest-sell states in the nation.
About Rob G.
Robert Gillies grew up in Scotland. He received his masters in geography from the University of Glasgow. He joined the faculty of Utah State in 1996. Ten years later, he became the director of the Utah Climate Center, where he set a new course by making its database of Utah climate information available online. Rob has conducted numerous presentations within the state of Utah, as well as at national and international venues in the science behind inversion prediction, climate precipitation cycles, and global climate change.
About Rob D.
Originally hailing from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Dr. Robert Davies is a Utah-trained physicist and educator. Together with the Fry Street Quartet and composer Laura Kaminsky, Rob is the co-creator of The Crossroads Project, a unique project merging performance art and performance science on the topic of climate change and global sustainability. They have performed for audiences across the United States, Mexico and Brazil.
Rob is an associate of the Utah Climate Center and teaches physics and climate at Utah State University, where he is adjunct professor in the department of Plants, Soils, and Climate. He previously studied and taught at Whitman College and Oxford University, worked as project scientist at USU’s Space Dynamics Laboratory, served as technical liaison for NASA on the International Space Station Project in Moscow, and served as an officer and meteorologist in the Air Force. He can sometimes be spotted in his natural habitat, skiing the Utah backcountry in search of the perfect turn.