Is It Global Warming or Climate Change?

Rolly Prager

Matthew Goodwin will address this question at the May 21 Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries lecture. Dr. Goodwin will examine the philosophy of communicating issues related to climate science. His presentation will look at several topics, including: why so many people reject the science of global warming; what rhetorical devices are most often used to confuse people about the science, and what are more effective ways to communicate what is happening with our climate. Dr. Goodwin posits that most difficulties are not really about the science, but about previously held behavioral commitments. This lecture will present some surprising theories about best practices for communicating climate science.

Matthew Goodwin has a Ph.D. in philosophy. He is currently a senior lecturer in the philosophy department of Northern Arizona University, where he specializes in environmental ethics and phenomenology. Dr. Goodwin was a recent participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar on extending Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic.”

He is co-founder of Sedona Philosophy, which offers guided hikes and retreats in Sedona and northern Arizona.

The lecture will be held on May 21 at 4 p.m. in the DesertView Theater. There is no cost for this lecture.