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2017: Climate Change

National Conferences

Climate Change is Real: Now What?

Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center
November 8-9, 2017

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute, Shi Center for Sustainability, and Institute for the Advancement of Community Health with support from the A.J. Head fund. This national conference is part of Furman’s yearlong exploration of climate change.

The scientific consensus is overwhelming that human-caused climate change is real.

Now we ask: What does that mean for people’s health and livelihoods, for cities and homes, for ecological systems and even for our nation’s security? And, what can we do?

Thanks for joining us November 8 and 9 as we explored the current and future impact of climate change and concrete ways we can work together to solve this crisis and save the planet.

To view all biographies, click here.

Series was moderated by Mark Quinn (bio), former longtime broadcast journalist

November 8  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Keynote address: A Global Perspective on Earth’s Climate

Charles Bolden (bio), former astronaut and head of NASA

Every other breath: Hidden stories of climate change” A look at The Post and Couriers award-nominated series 

Tony Bartelme (bio)Post and Courier special projects reporter

Is Climate Change Making Us Sicker?

Allison Crimmins (bio), climate scientist and lead author of interagency study on impact of climate change on health

A Conversation with Dana Beach (bio), executive director and founder, South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Tony Bartelme, Charles Bolden and Allison Crimmins hosted by Mark Quinn


November 9  7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

Opening address: At Risk: Our Nation’s Security

Sherri Goodman (bio)former deputy undersecretary of defense, and senior advisor, The Center for Climate and Security

What Cities Can Do: A conversation with two coastal mayors

Phil Stoddard, PhD. (bio), mayor, South Miami, and professor of biology, Florida International University

Billy Keyserling (bio), mayor, Beaufort

Closing address: Can Free Enterprise Solve Climate Change?

Bob Inglis (bio), former U.S. Congressman and founder and CEO,

Press Coverage

Greenville Business Magazine