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Climate Science on Tap: The History & Law of Climate Change – Oct 23

7pm – 8:30pm at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave N

Doors open to ticket holders at 6:00 pm. Seats remaining at 6:45 will be made available to any waiting at that time on a first come first served basis.  Admisson is free or $10 to support future events. Tickets are encouraged and available at Stranger Tickets.

Featuring:
– OR Attorney Sean Munger, JD, PhD, History
– University researcher and scientist LuAnne Thompson, PhD, Oceanography
– WA State Rep Joe Fitzgibbon, Chair of House Environment Committee

What is the history of climate change? Who discovered the planet was warming, when, and under what circumstances? How are the law and the court system increasingly being used as tools to respond to climate change?

The surprising history of global warming stretches back to the 18th century, even before the Industrial Revolution began generating the greenhouse gases that have accumulated in our atmosphere.  You will lean how and why climate change can be considered an unintended consequence, not merely of the Industrial Revolution, but the Enlightenment itself; then you’ll be taken briefly through the chain of scientific discoveries, from the mid-19th century until the present day, that have led to our modern understanding of climate change.

Finally the discussion will be brought into the present with a profile of how the law is being used to mitigate and adapt to a warming world—and particularly the groundbreaking legal challenge of Juliana v. U.S., the case where 21 American young people are suing the federal government for causing and exacerbating climate change. Climate change not only has a complex history, but it also has a court date, and one which may well open the next pivotal chapter in the story of our climate.

Doors at 6PM, all ages, FREE!