*The maximum amount the average temperature can rise in order to avoid the worst consequences of global warming is 1.5°C. We’re already past 1°C.

About the 1.5 Minute Climate Lectures

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announced that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented change in all aspects of society.

As a knowledge center and institution of learning, it is Penn’s responsibility to inform the University community about the causes and wide-ranging consequences of climate change and to advocate for the unprecedented changes the climate emergency requires.

This September, professors and students from across the University will unite in a series of 1.5 Minute Climate Lectures to sound the alarm about the climate emergency, to call for large-scale climate action, and to share a vision of constructive and comprehensive response. 

Upcoming Lectures

September 18 – Lecture 3

Ben Franklin Statue – College Hall



African American Literature’s Aberrant Weather

Herman Beavers
Professor of English and Africana Studies

Oil Is not Forever

Nikhil Anand
Associate Professor of Anthropology

On the Urgency of Ecological Grief

Paul Saint-Amour 
Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Chair of English

Will the Mongolian Steppe Step up to Climate Change?

Brenda Casper 
Professor of Biology

The Climate Patient’s Bill of Rights

Simon Richter
Class of 1942 Endowed Term Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

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What We Need Now to Stop Global Warming

Paul Sniegowski
Stephen A. Levin Family Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Biology

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