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GENERAL SESSIONS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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CSTA Annual Meeting and Opening Session
Friday, November 30, 2018, 9:40am-10:10am

Join us for the CSTA Annual Meeting of members presided over by the 2017-2019 president Jill Grace. Learn about how CSTA has taken a leadership role in all aspects of the implementation of CA-NGSS at the state level.


Keynote Presentation - Why Should We Trust Science?
Friday, November 30, 2018, 10:10 am - 11:10 am

Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Dr. Naomi Oreskes Oreskes is an internationally renowned geologist, science historian, and author. She is the author of both scholarly and popular books and articles on the history of earth and environmental science, and in recent decades has been a leading voice on the issue of anthropogenic climate change. In 2014, Oreskes had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis at a special meeting at the Vatican on climate change and sustainability, and in 2015 wrote the introduction to the Melville House edition of the Papal Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, Laudato Si’.


Closing Keynote Address - Climate Change: How Do We Bend the Curve?
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Dr. V. Ram Ramanathan, Professor, Climate Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Climate change, if left unchecked, can soon morph into an existential threat. Fortunately, there is still time to avoid catastrophic changes by bending the pollution emissions curve, provided the top-down policy actions such as the Paris Agreement, are supported by bottom-up actions. To motivate others towards such bottom-up actions, I will describe three actions I am taking for bending the curve: 1) Develop an education program that has been launched in California which will be scaled to rest of the nation and the world, to empower a million undergraduates with tools to solve the problem; 2) Form an alliance between science, policy, religion and health care providers who can reach out to the public with facts, the urgency and the available solutions; 3) Formed a California collaborative for Climate Change Solutions with academic leaders from Caltech, CSU, Stanford and University of California to conduce demonstration projects of scalable solutions.

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