I will be speaking Saturday afternoon at the 2011 Steve Schneider Symposium in Boulder, Colorado. The whole event, from the 25th (tomorrow) to the 27th will be live webcast here. The agenda is here. You can still register for it here.
Schneider, who died in July of last year, was one of the truly important voices in climate science of our time. For over three decades, he had been researching and speaking out on the need to sharply and quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
He was a coauthor of a 2010 study that reaffirmed the broad scientific understanding of climate change and questioned the media’s reliance on a tiny group of less-credibile scientists for “balance.” The video above is an interview he gave on that study.
Here is more on the Symposium and the man:
The primary aims of the Symposium are: 1) To pay tribute to Steve Schneider’s contributions to climate science, and to evaluate the historical significance of these contributions; 2) To identify key challenges for the future — in climate science, in the development of meaningful climate policies, and in climate science communication — and possible ways to address these challenges.
This Symposium will be more than a celebration of the scientific accomplishments of Steve Schneider. Our intent is to bring together scientists, science communicators, policymakers, students, and friends of Steve, and to harness the intellectual and creative energy in this group. We believe that the Symposium participants can make significant progress on some of the issues Steve Schneider cared about. Such progress would be the best-possible tribute to Steve.
Further details of the Symposium are available at the Symposium website:
At RealClimate, Ben Santer had a long eulogy, which I excerpt:
Today the world lost a great man. Professor Stephen Schneider – a climate scientist at Stanford University – passed away while on travel in the United Kingdom.
Stephen Schneider did more than any other individual on the planet to help us realize that human actions have led to global-scale changes in Earth’s climate. Steve was instrumental in focusing scientific, political, and public attention on one of the major challenges facing humanity – the problem of human-caused climate change.
Some climate scientists have exceptional talents in pure research. They love to figure out the inner workings of the climate system. Others have strengths in communicating complex scientific issues to non-specialists. It is rare to find scientists who combine these talents.
Steve Schneider was just such a man….
We honor the memory of Steve Schneider by continuing to fight for the things he fought for – by continuing to seek clear understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change. We honor Steve by recognizing that communication is a vital part of our job. We honor Steve by taking the time to explain our research findings in plain English. By telling others what we do, why we do it, and why they should care about it. We honor Steve by raising our voices, and by speaking out when powerful “forces of unreason” seek to misrepresent our science. We honor Steve Schneider by caring about the strange and beautiful planet on which we live, by protecting its climate, and by ensuring that our policymakers do not fall asleep at the wheel.
Schneider was a great inspiration to me, someone I learned a great deal from, and one of my heroes. I’m honored to be able to speak at his symposium.