From Virginia Water Resources Research Center | September 12, 2019

The Center for Communicating Science is thrilled to welcome Sara Peach, climate journalist and speaker, to Blacksburg this month!

Peach, who holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, has been reporting on climate change and other environmental issues for nearly a decade. Her experience is vast, with work published in National GeographicScientific American, and Environmental Health News, among others.

Peach serves as the Senior Editor of Yale Climate Connections, a multimedia service providing daily reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change. This is also where she writes the “Ask Sara” climate advice column.

On September 26 at 5:30 p.m., Peach will be joining us as our September Science on Tap speaker at Rising Silo Brewery, sharing her talk “What to Expect When You’re Expecting Climate Change.” At this event, Peach will share her insights on climate change, how it affects you, and what you can do about it. She will also share some of the interesting questions she’s addressed in her advice column, “Ask Sara,” and open the discussion to questions from the audience.

Peach will also lead a lunchtime workshop, “The Humorous Side of the Climate Story: A workshop on the bizarre, unexpected, and delightfully weird side of climate change,” on September 27 at 12 p.m. Peach’s Friday workshop will allow her to share experiences from her years of communicating about climate change issues.

Peach will tell some of the stranger stories she’s encountered as a climate journalist – for example, did you know climate change could mess up homicide investigations? She will also discuss some new approaches to discussing climate change with friends and family.

Lunch will be provided at the Friday workshop; please RSVP here. The talk and lunch will be held in the Steger Hall Conference Center, 1015 Life Science Circle.

Peach’s visit to Virginia Tech is sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Center for Communicating Science, the School of Public and International Affairs/Urban Affairs and Planning, and Center for Humanities, with support from the Department of Communication, the Global Change Center, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

Both of these events are open to the public free of charge. We look forward to seeing you!

By Lauren Holt, Center for Communicating Science student intern