The Sustainability Studies Colloquium Series continues on
November 12 with its second guest speaker, Joylette Portlock, PhD. Portlock is president of Communitopia, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that focuses on climate change communication, where she stars
series of funny, short Web videos on climate change for the general
called “Don’t Just Sit There—Do Something!”
Portluck has a degree from MIT and a PhD in genetics from Stanford University; she
now works to give the public important scientific information it can use. She
has worked on environmental issues at the local, state, and federal levels and
has been focused on global climate change since 2007. Portlock also
currently serves on the Allegheny County Board of Health.
The conclusion drawn from decades of research by hundreds of
climate scientists across the world is that global climate change is
happening, and human activity (specifically, the production of carbon
pollution from burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and industrial
agriculture) is the biggest cause. Here in the U.S., public understanding of
the issue lags far behind the scientific understanding. As the president
of Communitopia and star of “Don’t Just Sit There—Do Something!” she approaches
the issue with the facts—and a sense of humor.
Come learn something
about climate change, find easy steps you can take to make a difference, and
discover ways to overcome the fear and dread commonly associated with the
The talk will use humor, storytelling,
and science to weave a discourse on science literacy in the U.S., the key
findings that demonstrate the presence and extent of global climate
change, best practices for communicating about the topic, and prescriptions for
things that both nations and individuals can do to help.
Please join us at the second guest lecture on Wednesday, November 12, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall, room 247.