Climate Change: Sunrise or Sunset?


“We’re the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we’re the last that can do something about it” has become something of a cliché, a summary of the existential threat posed by global warming. As climate change moves from an imminent peril to a deadly reality for vast swaths of the country, a panel of nationally recognized groundbreakers discuss the gaping dichotomy between what scientists say needs to be done to moderate an impending disaster and the political reality of what is possible.

The broad-ranging discussion of the science, economics and politics swirling around the alarming climate change headlines are explored. The panel also examines what state and local communities are doing to mitigate the congressional stasis, what might break the logjam, how the issues play in national, state and local elections and the role of private citizens and companies.

Panelists include:

  • Xiye Bastida, activist and a founder of The Sunrise Movement
  • Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist, distinguished professor and endowed chair at Texas Tech University
  • John Kerry, U.S. special presidential envoy for climate
  • Bill McKibben, author, educator and environmentalist
  • Andrew Zimmern, Emmy- and James Beard Award-winning chef, author and advocate

Where to Watch

This program originally aired on Sunday, October 10, 2021 on CPTV and is now available for on-demand viewing on this page, as well as at video.cptv.org; on YouTube; and on the free Connecticut Public mobile app. (Visit Google Play or the Apple App Store to download the app.)


Common Ground with Jane Whitney is distributed nationally by American Public Television (APT).


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