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Past Event

Invisible Threats: COVID-19 and Climate Change

Why does an invisible, life-threatening virus prompt a nationwide emergency, but invisible, life-threatening gases don’t? Experts have been emphasizing the dangers of unchecked climate change for years, underscoring the need for rapid, bold action early on to avoid the worst impacts. Now, health experts are pushing the same level of global mobilization to quell the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

Why are humans wired to respond to some fears and emergencies more than others? Can the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic teach us anything about how humans respond to other invisible, worldwide threats?


This program is generously supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and a collaborative of local funders and donors. We are grateful for their support and hope others will follow their example to support the Club during these uncertain times.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
March 24, 2020

United States

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Peter Atwater

Adjunct Economics Lecturer, College of William & Mary

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Susan Clayton

Psychology and Environmental Studies Professor, College of Wooster

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Robert H. Frank

Author, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work; Economics and Management Professor, Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

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Greg Dalton

Founder and Host, Climate One


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