Climate Risk & National Security: It’s about People, not Polar Bears Rear Admiral David Titley (ret.) Leads discussion in Hudson, NY
Hudson, NY – Rear Admiral David Titley (Ret) will be in the Hudson Valley to lead a discussion on the strategic challenges facing our military and national security apparatus due to climate change. He refers to his talk as about “People, Not Polar Bears” because he explains how these changes are very relevant to our local communities. He is uniquely qualified to address these issues, having testified before Congress for the Pentagon, where he ran the U.S. Navy’s Task Force on Climate Change. He served as a Naval Officer for 32 years, and is now Professor of Practice in Meteorology and Director of The Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University.
The event is free and open to the public, with a special invitation to local military veterans, county and town governance, and public health and security professionals. Following his presentation, Dr. Titley will address questions from the audience.
EVENT: Friday, July 24, 2015
Hudson High School
215 Harry Howard Ave
Hudson, NY 12534
Rear Admiral Titley has spoken across the USA and internationally on the role of climate change in recent upheavals around the world. Acknowledging that he himself was a “climate skeptic,” he addresses issues and concerns about national security and the climate that are relevant to people across the political spectrum.
He served as a naval officer for 32 years and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. His career included duties as Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, and Deputy Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance.
While serving in the Pentagon, he initiated and led the US Navy’s Task Force on Climate
Change. After retiring from the Navy, Dr. Titley served as the Deputy Undersecretary of
Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer position at the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration. The Department of Defense requested that he present on their behalf at both Congressional Hearings and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meetings from 2009 to 2011.
Rear Admiral Titley was born and raised in Schenectady. He is well aware of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene in The Hudson Valley as well as the challenges that extreme and irregular climate events have posed to local farmers.
It is a great honor to host him and have a chance to interact with him on one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation.