How Do We Address the Climate Emergency?

Maxwell Memorial Library
  • Thursday, June 18, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
    Postponed. New date TBA
  • Online
  • Free
  • Registration required

You can attend this important discussion from the comfort of your own home via Zoom! We are pleased to be able to reschedule it from its original date back in March. Please provide your email address—it is needed so you can receive the Zoom invitation.


Climate change and its associated impacts are among the most serious of concerns confronting us today. The topic is the subject of news reports, political debates, and popular fiction and cinema. But how much does the average person—and even the average public figure—really know about the climate emergency? Why do some people downplay its impact on our world while others see it as the deadliest threat to life as we know it?

Maxwell Library invites the public to a very special virtual workshop designed both to educate and to promote communication with the goal of clarifying the major scientific and political aspects of this issue. Peter F. Cannavò, Hilary McManus, and Sarah Pralle will each speak on their individual areas of expertise and then open a group discussion. This public talk is co-sponsored by the Central New York Scholars Strategy Network.

Update (6/17): Register through Maxwell’s events calendar or through the direct Zoom link.

About the Presenters

Hilary McManus is Director of the Environmental Sciences Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at LeMoyne College, Syracuse. Hilary teaches a variety of topics including botany, evolution, and environmental issues. She was a 2018 participant in the global leadership development initiative for women in STEM: Homeward Bound and is a trained Climate Reality Leader. Hilary delivers presentations with interactive components that offer audience members an opportunity to brainstorm climate action items on the individual, community and policy levels.

Sarah Pralle is an associate professor of political science at Syracuse University. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of environmental politics and policy, with a focus on how advocacy groups affect the policy process.

Peter F. Cannavò is a professor of government at Hamilton College and Co-Director of the CNY Chapter of Scholars Strategy Network (SSN), an organization dedicated to public and policy outreach and engagement by scholars. His research and teaching focus on the interactions between environmental problems and social and political theory.