• April 2, 2020
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 04/02/2020 7:00 pm 04/02/2020 America/Los_Angeles (Cancelled)Tech and Climate Change Tech and Climate Change, A Conversation with Thomas Kostigen and Kat Snow California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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$10 - pre-registration
$15 - at the door
$8 - members

In light of the shelter-in-place directive from the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and our continued commitment to helping reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to cancel all CIIS Public Programs events through April 30. 

As a result, Tech and Climate Change on April 2 is cancelled at this time.

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From giant parasols hovering above the Earth to shield us from an unforgiving sun, to lasers shooting up into clouds to coax out much-needed water, new technologies to combat the impacts of climate change are already being imagined and developed. New York Times bestselling author and journalist Thomas Kostigen has traveled to the frontlines of geoengineering projects that scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and other visionaries around the world are developing to solve the problems associated with climate change.

For decades scientists and environmentalists sounded the alarm about the effects of global warming. We are now past the tipping point. As floods, storms, and extreme temperatures become our daily reality, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” efforts aren’t enough anymore. In Thomas’ latest book, Hacking Planet Earth, he dives into the world of the futurist, far-thinking, world-changing ideas that will save us.

Join Thomas and KQED Science Senior Editor Kat Snow for a conversation on the cutting-edge technology that will enable us to confront the realities of climate change.

Copies of Thomas’ book, Hacking Planet Earth: How Geoengineering Can Help Us Reimagine the Future, will be available for sale at this event.

Thomas Kostigen

Thomas M. Kostigen is an award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author and journalist. He founded the Climate Survivalist column for USA Today and has written for numerous publications, including The Washington Post, National Geographic, Discover, Departures, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Most recently, he wrote two books for National Geographic on climate preparedness (one of which won the prestigious Louis J. Battan Author’s Award). His previous nonfiction books include The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time, You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet, The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life, and The Big Handout. He is also the author of the novels Golden Dawn and Fatwa.

Kat Snow
Kat Snow, MA, is a veteran public radio journalist who graduated from the Philosophy, Cosmology & Consciousness program at CIIS in 2012. Kat is currently the senior editor at KQED Science, and leads a team of reporters covering climate change, water, energy, and other major science issues in California. Over two decades, Kat has worked as an editor, reporter, talk show host, newscaster, documentary producer and news director. Her stories and documentaries have won numerous regional and national awards. Kat is the public speaking coach for the PCC program's Integrative Seminar at CIIS. She's also a certified Soul Motion teacher, teaching classes in the Bay Area.

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