Al Gore has been trying to make climate change sexy for almost 50 years. After discovering people didn’t like to be bummed out to the tune of a two-hour slideshow, Gore (a character played by comedian and biochemist Rollie Williams) has been branching out in an effort to reach America’s youth by trying his hand at a SXSW panel. While this Al Gore is fake, the climate scientists and the conversations about the increasingly warming planet are terrifyingly real.

Meet the Panelists:

Dale Jamieson, Ph.D., is a professor of environmental studies and philosophy at New York University, as well as a scholar of environmental ethics and an analyst of climate change discourse. Jamieson also serves as a faculty affiliate for the NYU School of Law and as director of NYU’s Animal Studies Initiative, which was funded by Brad Goldberg with a $1 million donation in 2010. Previously, Jamieson had been at Carleton College and the University of Colorado, Boulder, with visiting roles at other universities, including Cornell, Princeton, and Stanford. He is a critic of geo-engineering proposals. Jamieson grew up in San Diego, California, where he was an avid surfer.

Alicia Pérez-Porro, Ph.D. is a research associate at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History working with marine sponges in the Invertebrates Zoology Department. She is also a board member of the Spanish Scientists in USA non-profit (ECUSA) where she started and chairs the Commission for Women in Science (MECUSA). Pérez-Porro is a proud member of the Homeward Bound 2018 team, and a 2018 Women InPower fellow. She is a passionate advocate for women in science, for which she received a Red Cross and Red Crescent Spain gold medal for her efforts fighting climate change and gender inequality in STEM.

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