The Story of More
In this talk inspired by her powerful book The Story of More, Hope Jahren takes on one of the most important questions of our time – how we reckon with climate change and transform our relationship with our finite planet. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back. An expert in communicating ideas of science through a profoundly personal perspective, Hope inspires her audiences to see our role in the struggle against climate change and to invest in our interconnectedness.
Be as a Tree Planted by the Waters: The Magic of Roots, Leaves, and Everything in Between
Trees are the oldest, biggest, and most successful creatures in the world. Using energy from the sun, and carbon from the air, they have thrived on land for more than four hundred million years. In this profound and uplifting talk, Hope Jahren illuminates the amazing and unique methods that plants around us use to establish, grow, flourish, and defend themselves. Learn how plants are much more than food, medicine, and wood — they form the living, striving foundation of Planet Earth.
Twenty Things Everyone Should Know About Global Change
Planet Earth and its inhabitants have experienced a dizzying amount of change during the last four decades. Since 1980, the global population has doubled, grain production has doubled, sugar production has doubled, meat and fish production has tripled, automobile production has doubled, and oil consumption has increased by 30 percent. Research teams at universities around the world are actively studying how these changes have already, and may further, affect human populations as well as natural ecosystems.
As an environmental scientist, Hope Jahren strives to become expertly familiar with her field’s personal corner of global change – but says there is something to learn from stepping back and examining the bigger picture. In this talk, Hope presents the twenty more dramatic ways in which our planet has changed – and what we can do about it now.
Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist who has been pursuing independent research in paleobiology since 1996, when she completed her PhD at University of California Berkeley and began teaching and researching first at the Georgia Institute of Technology and then at Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She was a tenured professor at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 2008 to 2016, where she built the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories, with support from National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. She currently holds the J. Tuzo Wilson professorship at the University of Oslo, Norway.