Iowa Climate Statement 2020 Contributors Participate in a Virtual Press Conference Following Statement’s Release


Nicole Welle | October 8, 2020

Climate experts David Courard-Hauri, Silvia Secchi and Eric Tate gave statements on the main points of the Iowa Climate Statement 2020: Will COVID-19 Lessons Help Us Survive Climate Change and answered questions from the press in a virtual press conference Wednesday morning.

In his statement, Courard-Hauri spoke on the importance of listening to professional public health and climate change experts.

“Unfortunately, in the face of political polarization, some have taken up the strategy of de-legitimizing science, but this distrust in expert guidance has led to preventable deaths and economic damage to working people and businesses,” said Courard-Hauri.

Secchi followed by drawing parallels between the financial costs of the pandemic and climate crisis when immediate action is delayed.

“The cost of not being prepared for the pandemic has far outweighed the costs of prevention and preparation,” said Secchi. “The cost of ignoring climate change is no different. Proactive efforts to address climate change have been proven to save lives and money.”

Tate spoke on the third lesson outlined in the climate statement. His statement involved information on how events caused by climate change and the pandemic disproportionately affect racial minorities and poor communities.

“The disproportionate number of poor people and racial minorities who have suffered severe illness or death from this pandemic has highlighted deep inequities. Inequity reduces resilience, leaving poor communities, particularly communities of color, disproportionately vulnerable to the impacts of climate-related natural disasters, just as they are to disease,” Tate said.

PDF versions of the Iowa Climate Statement 2020, the press release and written statements from all three speakers can be found on the Iowa Climate Statement Page.

On The Radio – 3rd annual Iowa Climate Science Educators Forum combines teaching and research


Drake University’s David Courard-Hauri speaks during the Climate Science Educators Forum at Des Moines University on Friday, October 9, 2015. ©2015 KC McGinnis

November 16, 2015

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at the 3rd annual Iowa Climate Science Educators Forum – held last month at Des Moines University – which gave science educators the opportunity to learn about the most up-to-date climate-related research as well as methods for effectively teaching their students about climate change.

Transcript: 3rd annual Climate Science Educators Forum

Science researchers, professors, and instructors came together last month to discuss effective methods for teaching climate-related issues to college students.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The third annual Iowa Climate Science Educators Forum took place at Des Moines University last month. The event attracted roughly 30 students, instructors, and researchers from nine different academic institutions in Iowa. Presenters from the state’s public universities as well as private and community colleges discussed climate-related courses they taught and provided suggestions for effectively engaging students, many of whom are undergraduates.

In addition to discussing teaching techniques, presenters also discussed current climate-related research and how it can be applied to different courses and lesson plans. Drake University environmental science and policy professor David Courard-Hauri felt that the event was effective at bridging the gap between the big universities where research takes places and the smaller colleges where the focus is more on teaching.

DAVID COURARD HAURI: “As we’ve been learning today there are all kinds of different ways to think about climate education and common problems that we have, common ideas that we want to get across. So we thought it would be fun this time to have two sections: one on teaching climate and climate-related issues and one on active research. And that seems to have been really successful.”

For more information about the Climate Science Educators Forum, visit Iowa-Environmental-Focus-dot-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

https://iowaenvironmentalfocus.org/2015/10/09/3rd-annual-iowa-climate-science-educators-forum/