The science on climate change is clear – urgent action is required to deal with the increasing risks of a warming planet. So, what can we do? On April 27, join Professor Sarah Burch as she speaks with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, who The New York Times called “one of the nation's most effective communicators on climate change.” They’ll discuss strategies for scaling up individual and collective climate action, and how to navigate difficult conversations about our changing planet. They’ll also address your most pressing questions and weigh in on what we’re all wondering – is there hope?  

About the event 

There is no cost to sign up for this virtual event and registration is open to the University community and the broader public. The event is organized by the University of Waterloo’s Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change, Sustainability Office, and Organizational & Human Development with the intention of driving action and reigniting hope on the climate crisis.  

For more information or questions about registration, please email

Meet the speakers

Katharine Hayhoe

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Professor of Public Policy and Public Law in the Dept. of Political Science at Texas Tech University. Her book, “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,” was released in Sept 2021 and she also hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, currently in its fifth season. Katharine has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People, the United Nations Champion of the Earth, and the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador.  

Sarah Burch

Sarah Burch, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo as well as the Executive Director of the University’s Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3). She holds a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability Governance and Innovation and is an expert in transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, innovative strategies for making progress on sustainability, and the unique contributions that small businesses can make to solving this complex challenge. She leads the international partnership-based research project TRANSFORM: Accelerating sustainability entrepreneurship experiments in local spaces and is the Director of the Sustainability Policy Research on Urban Transformations (SPROUT) Lab. Professor Burch is currently a Lead Author of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 

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