The Facts & Feels of Climate Change

Now that I’ve updated those resources….

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The Facts and Feels of Climate Change with Dr. Mermaid
Sunday, April 23rd
6pm

You know that climate change is happening. You know that it is bad. You know that you have feelings on the subject. But you may not know how the climate system works, where current global warming fits in the larger story of the Earth, or how truly connected we are to the physics of the universe. In this class, we will cover basics of the climate system, snappy comebacks for science deniers, and a whole bunch of really cool shit about the Earth.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

***If you are a community organizer, artist, or protestor who cannot afford this, please email tillinger@gmail.com.***
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Dr. Debra Tillinger teaches the science of climate change to the general public, other educators, and students of all ages. She works at the American Museum of Natural history as an adjunct visiting scientist in the graduate education program and as an educator for the Our Earth’s Future series. Our Earth’s Future, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has provided informal after-hours classes, one-day intensives, and several online courses. The program won the 2015 REVERE award for teaching “Beyond the Classroom.” Her work also includes teaching in-service educators the science of climate change and contributing to the development of a project-based climate curriculum for public schools.

Dr. Tillinger holds a Ph.D. in ocean and climate physics from Columbia University and teaches courses on physics, natural disasters, and oceanography at Marymount Manhattan College and CUNY. In addition to formal science education, Dr. Tillinger also presents scientific information through the arts in character as “Dr. Mermaid,” at venues including TEDxBlackRockCity, Gratitude Migration Festival, the annual Mermaid Lagoon Fundraiser, and Bushwick’s House of Light.

Her lovely assistant, Madame Vivien V, began her career as a drag queen over four years ago. Since, Madame has become a strong presence in the New York nightlife scene. She is the first and only drag queen in history to have spoken and performed at New York City Hall, has consecutively won Circus Performer of the Year at the past two Brooklyn Nightlife Awards for her work as a licensed fire artist, and was nominated for a Manhattan Glam Award. A graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute, she produces events to excite, entertain, but also encourage community. She is member of the entertainment team at House of Yes and the founder of the erotic variety show Bordello. You can most easily find her on Instagram or in your husband’s bed.

Would you like to know how climate change works?

Here is a free online class that I developed at the American Museum of Natural History.

Here is the first resource that I generally recommend on the subject: What We Know

And here is the next class I’ll be teaching for the public at the American Museum of Natural History.

I teach the basic science of climate change to anyone who would like to understand how our climate system works, how it has changed in the past, how we know so much about it, and/or what will happen next. Sometimes I teach at museums, sometimes I teach college classes, sometimes I teach other teachers, and every so often I appear as Dr. Mermaid at festivals, fundraisers, and the annual Mermaid Lagoon.

 

#AGU15

The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting is always a good time, and this year is no exception. If you’re here in San Francisco, please join me for my talk, “Improving the Perfect Storm: Overcoming Barriers to Climate Literacy” (Friday 1:40pm in Moscone South 104) and be sure to check out Dreams of the Last Butterflies at AGU Cinema!

And I promise that when my talk from TEDxBlackRockCity, The Math and Madness of El Niño, is available, I will post it here.

The sixth annual Mermaid Lagoon will be held early in 2016. More details to come…

And after hearing an excellent talk about science and storytelling, I’m inspired to finally post my talk from last year’s Mermaid Lagoon:Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 11.58.15 AM.png

All things polar

This is my latest offering at the American Museum of Natural History. Any resemblance to the talk given by Dr. Mermaid at the Mermaid Lagoon is purely coincidental. Okay, the topics might be similar, but this will be much more in-depth, and I expect that fewer audience members will be dressed as sea creatures.

In a special one-day offering, Dr. Debra Tillinger will lead an in-depth exploration of the science of the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and how changes in these two critical areas of Earth indicate and catalyze the impacts of climate change. Participants will hear from guest speakers on the geology, biology, and cultures of these beautiful and fragile parts of the world. They will also engage in interactive discussions, take Museum hall tours, and enjoy a challenging game of geopolitics, SMARTIC, in which players must enact real-life solutions to the potential large-scale problems anticipated by the impact of climate change in the polar regions. Refreshments will be served.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under grant number MA-10-13-0200-13.

Apply here!