Climate change is about legacy. The decisions we make today will help determine the future for people and for the planet. My core objective, as a scientist and also as a citizen, is to translate scientific information and present different perspectives in order to help society make those decisions.
I bridge the gap between academia and real-world by regularly participating in community events, popular writing and blogging, providing policy briefings, responding to media questions on air and in print, and providing behind-the-scenes support to reporters and documentary filmmakers. Often I learn more from the experience than the journalist or the audience.
Here are a selection of personal highlights from dozens of talks, events, and interviews over the past couple of years:
- Speaking at a community event in Penticton, BC, organized by “First Things First,” and learning first-hand from my kind weekend hosts about the local farmers’ concerns about climate change
- Touring journalist Ken Weiss around Vancouver for his article on Vancouver’s effort to become a low-carbon capital
- Talking with faith leaders about climate change at “A Symposium on Mineral Resource Development and Laudato Si,” held by the Archdiocese of Vancouver
- Helping journalists and filmmakers navigate the cultural divide in Kiribati and ensure their work reflects the reality of the Kiribati struggle with climate change rather than outside expectations
- Working with PaCE-SD of the University of the South Pacific on a briefing about the latest climate change findings for Pacific Islands delegates to the COP21 in Paris
- Delivering a statement at the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) Ministerial Panel, following a previous complaint from my colleagues and I about the review process
You can watch, listen to, and read more of my contributions below:
- CBC Science Smart, May 2017: our new bleaching database
- IRES Seminar Series, February 2017: Living Islands: coping with sea-level rise in Kiribati and the Pacific Islands
- A short description of my work
- Climate Change: The Elevator Pitch, a series by Peter Sinclair and John Cook, 2016:
- UBC Dialogues, October 2015: Water Worries – What is the state of our most valuable resource?
- VICE documentary, October 2015: British Columbia is Burning
- CBC’s The Exchange with Amanda Lang, January 2015: The Climate Change Threat
- Vancouver – Green City, a 2014 short documentary by James Byrne and Geoff Haines-Stiles
- AGU Chapman Conference on Communicating Climate Science, July 2013:
- The Weather Channel, June 2013: Secrets of the Earth – Deadly Rain!
- Roundhouse Radio’s Evenings with Kirk LaPointe, May 2017: Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement
- CKNW AM 980’s The Simi Sara Show, May 2017: Impacts of U.S.A.’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
- Roundhouse Radio’s Impact with Don Shafer, March 2017: My research and climate change denial
- Roundhouse Radio’s Evenings with Kirk LaPointe, January 2017: Reaction to the Keystone pipeline decision in the U.S.
- Roundhouse Radio’s Evenings with Kirk LaPointe, November 2016: Reaction to the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion
- Roundhouse Radio’s Evenings with Kirk LaPointe, November 2016: Reflections on COP22 in Morocco
- Roundhouse Radio’s Evenings with Kirk LaPointe, October 2016: Climate change and coral reefs, in response to the bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef
- CBC Radio’s The 180, May 2016: Fort McMurray fire – How soon is too soon to talk about climate change?
- CBC Radio’s BC Almanac, November 2015: Paris Climate Conference
- CBC Radio’s The 180, May 2014: Climate Change and Pipelines
- Tom Bowman’s Climate Report, June 2013: How Can Scientists Talk About Public Policy?
- SETI Institute’s Big Picture Science Radio Show, 2012: Anthropocene and Heard
- Quirks and Quarks, April 2012: Hot Coral
- Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, August 24, 2017: Risks, Advocacy, and Values in Engagement (RAVE): A guide for scientists
- Biogeochemistry, May 29, 2017: Publicity or perish: finding the balance in science communication.
- Environmental Communication, February 26, 2017: Risk and Responsibility in Public Engagement by Climate Scientists: Reconsidering Advocacy During the Trump Era. To request a copy, please contact me.
- Policy Options, November 30, 2016: Blowing the climate change budget with pipelines
- Vancouver Observer, October 17, 2016: Can Canada reduce greenhouse gas emissions while still supporting western Canada’s oil industry?
- National Observer, April 7, 2016: Can Canada live up to the promise of The Paris Climate Agreement?
- Policy Options, March 29, 2016: What do the temperature targets mean for Canada?
- The Guardian, December 30, 2015: Why we need the next-to-impossible 1.5°C temperature target
- National Post, April 10, 2014: Donner, Harrison & Hoberg: Let’s Talk about Climate Change
- Vancouver Sun, February 11, 2014: Scientists certain human activity causes climate change
- Globe and Mail, May 9, 2013: Climate scientists’ letter to resources minister (with 11 others)
- ensia, December 5, 2012: Consider Food Efficiency
- Embassy Magazine, March 21, 2012: Pricing carbon could solve the pipeline battle
- Wall Street Journal, February 1, 2012: Check with climate scientists for views on Climate (with 37 other scientists)
Journal articles, book chapters, reports, and additional popular writings are listed on the Publications page.