Author Archives: Eric

About Eric

Eric Miller teaches in the Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Happy Earth Day!

On Wednesday, April 20, we broke out our tabling supplies to participate in the annual Bloomsburg University Earth Day celebration. We shared a lot of information, collected a bunch of contact info, and pitched everyone on carbon pricing. Our solution to climate change? Democracy!

An Evening with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Consider yourself invited to a Q&A with the great Katharine Hayhoe about her new book, Saving Us. Here’s a little about the author:

Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy. She is also the Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law and Paul W. Horn Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University. She has been named a United Nations Champion of the Earth and one of Time ’s 100 Most Influential People, and serves as the climate ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance. Katharine was a lead author for the U.S. Second, Third, and Fourth National Climate Assessments, hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and has written for The New York Times. Her TED Talk “The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Fight Climate Change: Talk About It” has been viewed over 5 million times. She has a BSc in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an MS and a PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

And a little about the book:

Called “one of the nation’s most effective communicators on climate change” by The New York Times, Katharine Hayhoe knows how to navigate all sides of the conversation on our changing planet. A Canadian climate scientist living in Texas, she negotiates distrust of data, indifference to imminent threats, and resistance to proposed solutions with ease. Over the past fifteen years Hayhoe has found that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is talk about it—and she wants to teach you how.

In Saving Us, Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. This is not another doomsday narrative about a planet on fire. It is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology, from an icon in her field—recently named chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy.

Drawing on interdisciplinary research and personal stories, Hayhoe shows that small conversations can have astonishing results. Saving Us leaves us with the tools to open a dialogue with your loved ones about how we all can play a role in pushing forward for change.

Hosted by the PA Bloomsburg chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, this event allows participants to submit questions about climate communication and have them answered by the world’s foremost expert. You can get a sense of the book’s key arguments from this Q&A, and you can register here.

Letter #8 – Carbon Pricing is Good!

This letter appeared in the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise on Friday, October 8, in response to a pair of letters published on September 9:

And September 29:

Meanwhile, this week Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse stated that the final reconciliation bill is all but certain to include a price on methane, and is likely to include a price on carbon. Here’s hoping!