Exceeding Expectations: Beyond COP21, with Bill Moomaw, April 10th


The First Congregational Church of Williamstown is hosting a talk by William R. Moomaw, lead author of five U.N. Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports. Moomaw will speak on “Exceeding Expectations: Beyond the Climate Agreements at COP21. Moomaw attended last December’s panel in Paris. He will describe what happened in Paris outside the official boundaries of COP21—among the regions, the states, the cities, the private sector business groups, the municipalities, and individual organizations.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be at 11:20 am, April 10th, in the church’s Community Hall, 906 Main Street, in Williamstown. It is one of the church’s Second Hour programs, which follow the regular 10 am Sunday morning service.

Moomaw is Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy and Founding Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. He was a coordinating lead author of the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and for the special report on renewable energy due in 2010. He was a lead author of three other IPCC reports (1995, 2005 and 2007). The work of the IPCC was recognized with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Previously he taught for 26 years at Williams College, which in 2013 bestowed a Bicentennial Medal on him for his work combining science and policy to address climate change. He recently served as Chief Science Officer for Earthwatch Institute, and is now on the Board. Moomaw and his wife, Margot, live in a zero net energy home in Williamstown.

Second Hour at the Meetinghouse is a lively non-denominational speaker/discussion series examining issues in social justice, religious history, art, the relationships between religions, or other subjects. These events are open to the entire community. The name “second hour” refers to the fact that these events occur after the Sunday morning worship service, but there is no expectation that you need attend the worship service in order to come to the second hour event. These events are held in Community Hall towards the back of the building, near the parking lot. Events usually start at 11:20 am. There is coffee before hand, starting about 11:00 am.

You do need not be affiliated with First Church to attend and participate in second hour events.

If you missed hearing this wonderful talk, you can see in online, thanks to Willinet!: