Dedicated to exploring the most important issues of our times and stimulating creative responses, Chautauqua Institution is mission-bound to bring sustained focus to perhaps the most consequential issue today, climate change. Our collection of climate lectures showcases Chautauqua’s unparalleled ability to convene intergenerational, cross-disciplinary, and inclusive dialogue around multiple dimensions of the climate crisis. These lectures help inform and drive our own commitments, through the Chautauqua Climate Change Initiative, and we hope they similarly inspire action among our local, national, and global audiences.
About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.
Empathy to Action
New episode premiering at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
As the climate crises deepens, communities desperately need better tools to overcome divisiveness, apathy and other forces that frequently inhibit solutions. It is especially critical for all of us to understand and act on behalf of com...
Under a White Sky
Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert has traveled all over the world to get to the heart of the debate over global warming, and the communities most affected by it. Two of her books — The Sixth Extinct...
Individual Action and Collective Climate Change Reversal
Originally recorded on August 15, 2019.
Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist and co-founder of anti-carbon campaign group 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, sp...
God’s Call – Our Vocation – In a Time of Climate Chaos
Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 2, 2020.
Jim Antal calls for a societal and industrial response to climate change that mirrors the reaction to fascism and genocide in WWII.
Since his first Earth Day, Antal has seen the benefit to combining religion with environmental advocacy...
Can China and the United States Save the Planet?
Originally broadcast at 10:30 a.m. ET Monday, June 28, 2021.
Somini Sengupta, currently the international climate correspondent for The New York Times, tells the stories of communities and landscapes most vulnerable to the effects of climate change — reporting from the front lines of the climate...
The Ocean and the Climate: How to Save Both
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Ocean Conservancy’s Janis Searles Jones and George Leonard discuss how the world’s oceans are getting hotter, becoming more acidic, losing oxygen and getting bigger. The duo explain how the ocean is threatened by climate change and w...
CLSC: Naomi Oreskes
Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, July 15, 2021.
Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9780691212265
CLSC Presentation: Why Trust Science During a time when trust in science is weaning, when climate scientists are grasping to co...
Tikkun Adam(ah): A Jewish Response to a World in Upheaval
Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Rabbi Nate DeGroot explores how people, nature and the world are truly interconnected.
DeGroot also details Detroit’s Jewish community to reconnect with their faith’s earth-based roots and push for greater sustainability.
CWC Katie Carpenter
Originally broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET Thursday, July 29, 2021.
In the footsteps of great naturalists and explorers through history, Carpenter fell into a career as a wildlife filmmaker for Nat Geo and Discovery. Walking with elephants, diving with dolphins, she saw how the natural world was frayi...
CLSC: ‘The End of Ice’
Originally broadcast at 3:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 2, 2020.
Book available online at the Chautauqua Bookstore: https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/book/9781620975978
In The End of Ice, we follow Dahr Jamail as he scales Denali, the highest peak in North America, dives in the warm crystal wate...
Government, Economics and the Climate
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Monday, June 29, 2020.
Christine Todd Whitman opens the week highlighting the role of government in combating climate change, what climate action looks like in economic terms and how Americans across the political spectrum can come together around collectiv...
Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
Beth Roach details the Nottoway Tribe’s tradition and efforts to preserve native culture through ancestral seeds.
Roach is a co-founder of the Alliance of Native Seedkeepers, an organization that was formed to preserve ancestral seeds...
The Other Side of Drawdown
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
To reach a point of an atmospheric drawdown, Katharine Wilkinson says, we need to reduce sources, support carbon sinks and improve society.
Wilkinson, an author, strategist and teacher, serves as the vice president of communicati...
The Geopolitics of Climate Change and the Environment
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Friday, July 3, 2020.
Dr. Geoffrey Kemp and Amb. Barbara Bodine examine the geopolitics of environmental issues in the Middle East and why the situation is so dire.
Bodine previously served as the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Yemen from 1997 to 2001...
Interfaith Friday: Elements of Religious Naturalism
Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, July 3, 2020.
Chautauqua’s Bishop Gene Robinson hosts a practical conversation with Michael Hogue about Religious Naturalism.
Hogue details how his belief system, Religious Naturalism, is not “anti-religion” while having a different take on the conce...