Sep 17th 2020

The Art of Communicating Climate: A Conversation

@ Glass Curtain Gallery

Online Event

Opening Thursday, September 17th, from 8AM - 9AM

On view through Friday, October 30th

If we want action on climate change, we need to talk about it. We need the issue to be in the public eye. But how? The topic can be overwhelming and contentious. What strategies work? What role does data play? What is the range of engagement tools? What does success look like? Join two climate scientists using different yet complementary approaches to engagement.

Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, Texas Tech University

Mika Tosca, Climate Scientist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Christine Esposito, Project Director & Lead Curator of Third Coast Disrupted and Founder, Terracom (Moderator)

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is an endowed professor at Texas Tech University, she hosts the PBS digital series Global Weirding, and she has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, the United Nations Champion of the Environment, and the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador.

Mika Tosca is a climate scientist, a humanist, an activist. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an affiliate climate researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in southern California. Her research explores the intersection of human activities and climate change and has brought her to Africa and back. Mika is an out and proud transgender scientist (she/her/hers pronouns).

Christine Esposito has been an environmental communicator for more than 30 years. She is founder of Terracom, which she launched in 1990 to help green organizations grow in impact through strategic communications. Most recently, through Terracom’s Ex.Change Project, she has used the power of science-inspired art to build awareness of and spur action on critical environmental issues. She has been recognized with more than 30 communications awards.


A zoom link will be provided to ticket holders the day of event.

Sponsored by Openlands


This program is presented in conjunction with Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate taking place at Columbia College Chicago’s Glass Curtain Gallery. The exhibition is the culmination of a yearlong conversation between artists and scientists centered on climate change impacts and solutions in the Chicago region. For more information about the exhibition and other programming go to to learn more about the artist and scientist collaboration visit

Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate
September 8 – October 30, 2020
Glass Curtain Gallery – Columbia College Chicago
1104 S Wabash Ave, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL 60605
Gallery Hours: Monday- Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Capacity of gallery is 10 visitors and masks are required.

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