This month’s Early College@Ivy Tech Lecture Series will feature an Earth Day presentation by Jon Schrage, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Early College High School math and science teacher. The lecture, “Climate Change: What We Know and How We Know It” will be Tuesday, April 23, at 5:15 p.m. in Vectren Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Schrage, who holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, said to have a constructive conversation about any controversial topic, all parties need to have a shared set of facts.
“In the context of climate change, a lack of shared facts has historically made meaningful debate difficult. The problem is further compounded by the fact that the methods of modern climatology are highly advanced and technical,” Schrage said, and “members of the public erroneously form opinions about “climate” based on personal experiences of ‘weather.”
In this presentation one day after the official celebration of Earth Day takes place, the nature of our modern state of understanding of climate and climate change will be examined, as well as some of the techniques used to predict future climate trends under different public policy scenarios.
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation’s Early College High School is located at Ivy Tech Community College, and its students attend Ivy Tech classes, along with regular high school coursework – many completing an Associate Degree while still in high school, or their General Education Core — 30 credits transferrable to any college in Indiana.