David Orr
September 16, 2024

Democracy in a Hotter Time

Event Details

Date & Time

Monday, Sep 16, 2024 5:00 PM

Event Link



Institute for Climate, Water, and the Environment


Free and open to the public


Hemmingson Auditorium, Gonzaga University and livestreaming online



Event Type & Tags

  • Academics


About This Event

What is at stake in 2024? A large movement threatens to undo our democracy. They have said as much, and we should believe them. But an even larger danger to democracy is on our doorstep: searing heat, massive storms, and flooding in some places, dust, fire, and drought in others. Heat will affect everyone, but those hit hardest will be those least responsible and most vulnerable: the poor, disadvantaged, young, and our grandchildren who bear none of the responsibility. Without fast and systemic action, millions of Americans could become climate refugees forced from their homes by mid-century. Our great work in this election year and beyond is to unite all those who wish to drink clean water, breathe clean air, live in a stable climate, and work in a fair and inclusive economy, and also believe that we the people should have a say in creating our common future.

About the speaker: David Orr is a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University and the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor, emeritus, at Oberlin College.