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In this three-part series, we are bringing you three unique and respected experts in the field. Come to one lecture or all…as we seek to discuss the following topics:

  • Why is it important to study climate change?
  • How will climate change affect us?
  • Why is solving climate change important?
  • How does climate change affect human health and society

Climate change is a controversial topic, and there’s plenty of misinformation out there. 

You have the power to make a difference. Education is the first step.


“State of the Climate: It’s Simple… It’s Serious… It’s Solvable.”

with Mark Papier 

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
7pm – 8pm 

“Science and Solutions for a Warming World: A Southeastern Perspective”

with Dr. Kim Cobb

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022
7pm – 8pm

“Why does climate change impact marginalized communities the most? And what can be done about it?”

with Codi Nored

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022
7pm – 8pm

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Join us for an incredibly informative lecture with Mark Papier who will break down the “climate change” issue. What does it really mean? How do we know it is real? How do we solve this? 

Mark Papier is an award-winning Storm Specialist and On-Camera Meteorologist for The Weather Channel.  He has been part of The Weather Channel broadcast team since 2004, and since then, has been a part of the coverage of just about every type of weather phenomena.

Mark holds a dual major undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science Physics. He then continued his studies at The Georgia Institute of Technology, completing a Master of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He is a long-standing member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and has held various board positions for local chapters of those organizations.

Mark has been a guest speaker for many schools, organizations, and civic groups to talk about meteorology, broadcasting, and climate change. He is also a frequent interviewee of NPR including for their national show, Here and Now. Mark has also been the emcee for the Boy Scouts of America Peach of an Athlete Awards.

Dr. Kim Cobb is the Georgia Power Chair and Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. She is the Director of the Global Change Program at Georgia Tech, and serves as the ADVANCE Professor for diversity, equity, and inclusion for the College of Sciences. In her climate research, she uses observations of past and present climate to advance our understanding of future climate change impacts, with a focus on climate extremes and coastal flood hazards. She received her B.A. from Yale University in 1996, and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 2002. 

In her research, Kim has sailed on oceanographic cruises and led caving expeditions in the Borneo rainforests. She received a NSF CAREER Award, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the Hans Oeschger Medal from the European Geosciences Union in 2019. She is a Lead Author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, released in August 2021. As a mother to four, Kim is a strong advocate for women in science, and champions diversity and inclusion in all that she does. She is also devoted to the communication of climate change to the public through media appearances, public speaking, and social media channels, and enjoys frequent exchanges with policymakers about climate impacts and solutions.

She is universally well known as an expert in her field and an amazing, sought-after lecturer. 

Codi Nored, Executive Director at Georgia Interfaith Power & Light

As Executive Director, Codi continues to lead all policy, program, and outreach efforts, spending much of his spring at the Capitol during the legislative session. He also directs one of GIPL’s flagship programs, Solar Wise, bringing sustainable and energy alternatives to communities of faith. He manages the development and implementation of all GIPL educational programs.

Codi has been involved with environmental justice campaigns and the philosophy of sustainability since college. After working as the Social Justice Coordinator for Samford University, Codi continued his environmental work with Oakleaf Mennonite Farm and Emory University’s Office of Sustainability. Codi remains interested in the intersectional relationships between environmental justice and faith as it relates to broader systems of injustice. In addition to this, Codi also brings to GIPL his experience working abroad in the field of international peacebuilding and conflict transformation, working with communities in Israel, Palestine, and Belfast, Northern Ireland, and examining the degree to which environmental degradation relates to international conflicts.

Codi holds a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Candler School of Theology at Emory University with concentrations in Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation (JPCT), Theology and Ethics, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Rights. Also holding a BA in Religion from Samford University, Codi is interested in working at the intersection of religion, human rights, public policy, and the environment. 

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