Climate Science on Tap!

Cascadia Climate Action organizes Climate Science on Tap panel discussions to build community understanding of, and engagement with climate change, its related causes, impacts, and solutions.  Generally, they are held at at breweries and tap houses, open to all ages, and bring out energy and climate scientists to share their expertise.  Volunteer supported, their format facilitates networking, learning and action, while being engaging and a lot of fun!  


Video of event will be available shortly.

Climate Hope for the Holidays: Turning Angst into Action

When: Monday, December 3, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
Where: Queen Anne Beerhall, 203 W Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98119.  Phone: 206 659 4043
Sponsor:  Cascadia Climate Action

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a grim picture of the future if humanity fails to act. Yet research shows that doom-and-gloom rarely motivates people to action. Instead it results in fear, anxiety, and depression. In this very special holiday addition of Climate Science on Tap, we’ll focus on a hopeful and empowering message. Our expert panel will discuss coping with environmental grief and anxiety, communicating ‘Earth Optimism’, and highlighting actions that will make a difference, from personal choices to the voting booth. Join us for insightful presentations and an inspiring Q&A that may just leave you feeling a bit more optimistic about the future.


  • Jennifer Atkinson, UW Bothell, Environmental Studies
  • Helene Costa, Cascadia Climate Action
  • Meade Krosby, UW Climate Impacts Group
  • Sarah Myhre, UW Oceanography

Moderator: P Sean McDonald, UW Program on the Environment

*Note: Organizational affiliations provided for identification only.


Past Climate Science on Tap events and videos:

Video of event now available, click above.

 Dialing Back Climate Change with Carbon Farming & Blockchain

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Naked City Brewery

Aggressive action on climate change requires reducing carbon emissions while increasing carbon sequestration, and we won’t be successful without technology, creativity and innovation! The next enthralling episode in the Climate Science on Tap series highlights these cutting-edge efforts. Our panelists will discuss techniques for locking carbon up in soils, the development of a new marketplace for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and the surprising role of blockchain (the technology behind cryptocurrency) in the process. 

Sponsor:  Cascadia Climate Action


  • Elizabeth Wheat,* Instructor UW Program on the Environment, Operator SkyRoot Farm
  • Chris Spanton, Senior Architect – Blockchain, T-Mobile*
  • Paul Gambill, CEO, and Nori* co-founder

 Moderator: P. Sean McDonald, PhD, UW Program on the Environment.*

*Note: Organizational affiliations provided for identification only.

Climate Change in History & Law from The Enlightenment to the Courthouse 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
 Naked City Brewery & Tap House, 8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA

What is the history of climate change? Who discovered the planet was warming, when, and under what circumstances?

While the industrial revolution is often invoked as the start of our climate change woes, environmental historians trace it back to the Enlightenment. The next riveting installment of Climate Science on Tap covers the history of the climate change issue and how law and policy are increasingly important for mitigating and adapting in a warming world. In particular, our panelists will discuss the groundbreaking legal challenge of Juliana v. U.S. and other cases moving through the courts, as well as efforts in the Washington State legislature. How can law, policy, and the court system be used to respond to this existential threat?

Climate change not only has a complex history, but it also has a court date, and one which may well open the next pivotal chapter in the story of our climate.  Join us for Climate Science on Tap to learn more! Tickets strongly encouraged!  See note below.

– OR Attorney Sean Munger, JD, PhD, History
– UW Scientist LuAnne Thompson, PhD, Oceanography, Physics, & Atmospheric Sciences*
– WA State Rep Joe Fitzgibbon, Chair of House Environment Committee

Moderator: P. Sean McDonald, PhD, UW Program on the Environment*

*Affiliations provided for purposes of identification only.

Pacific NW Up in Smoke? Wildfires, Forests, & Climate Change   

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 pm 
Where:  Peddler Brewing, 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 
Sponsor:  Cascadia Climate Action in collaboration with UW Program on the Environment
Tickets: Free! Optional $10 donation.  Open to all ages.  Dogs welcome!

Tired of smoke and worried about wildfires? Join our panel of experts for insightful presentations and thoughtful discussion of the relationship between climate change and fires, and the increasing impacts on forest ecosystems and human health. We’ll also delve into the consequences of forest policy and solutions for the future, including what you can do to help!

This is another in the fun and informative event in the Climate Science on Tap series organized by Cascadia Climate Action in collaboration with the UW Program on the Environment. Expert scientists presenting will include Brian Harvey, PhD, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Nives Dolsak, PhD, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, and Heidi Roop, PhD, UW Climate Impacts Group.

Enjoy the camaraderie, have dinner and enjoy a beer, while learning about how and why wildfires seem to be bringing more smoke into the Puget Sound area.  You can also find out ways you can get involved!  It’s fun!







Hot Planet/Cool Science: Ask a Climate Scientist Variety Show!  

When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm
Where:  Lagunitas Brewing, 1550 NW 49th, Seattle, WA 
Tickets: Free or $10 with raffle tickets.  Open to all ages.  Dogs welcome!

This Variety Show version of our popular Climate Science on Tap panel series will be full of opportunities to talk with climate scientists , engineers and experts on clean energy, to enjoy climate-themed music and entertainment, to have fun with hands on climate demos and games, to network, while enjoying the great Lagunitas beer and tasty Cycle Dogs food!

This fundraiser will enable us to put on another season of the fun, brewery-based Climate Science on Tap panel discussions, as well as to continue climate outreach work of Cascadia Climate Action. There will be a raffle with awesome prizes for the winners!  

Climate Change Impacts in Puget Sound:  

Is the Marine Food Web Hanging by a Thread?

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Where:  Lagunitas Brewing, 1550 NW 49th, Seattle, WA 
Organized by:  Cascadia Climate Action, affiliated with the non-profit Cascadia Now

Puget Sound is known for iconic scenery and wildlife. Recently WA Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order outlining a strategy for southern resident orca whale and Chinook salmon recovery. But how is climate change impacting these animals? And how is the rest of the food web affected? This Climate Science on Tap examines how the food web of Puget Sound and the wider Salish Sea is being altered by a changing climate, from microscopic plankton to massive orcas and everything in-between. 

The three scientists weigh in with fascinating presentations followed by an engaging discussion of the climate change impacts to salmon, whales, and the broader food web, as well as what we might expect in the future. The panelists include Christopher Krembs, Marine Biologist, with the WA Dept of Ecology; Iris Kemp, Ecologist for Long Live the Kings; and Lynne Barre, National Oceanographic, and Atmospheric Association. The event will be moderated by P. Sean McDonald with the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment and researcher with the School of Aquatic and Marine Science. 

  • Facebook link where a live stream of the event can be watched.  

Meeting Global Energy Needs without Cooking the Planet: The Devil’s In the Details

 When:  Monday, February 26, 2018

Venue:  Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1550 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA.


  • Nick Touran, Ph.D. nuclear physicist and engineer at TerraPower, and energy educator. (Discussion Moderator)
  • James Conca, Ph.D. geochemistry, M.S. planetary science, energy and environment writer.
  • John Chandler, M.S. hydropower, environmental and water resources engineering
  • Scott Montgomery, M.S. geoscientist, energy expert and author

MC:  P. Sean McDonald, UW Environmental Studies faculty, researcher in aquatic and fishery sciences.

Going to Extremes: Is It Climate Change or Just Bad Weather

Will floods, fires, and droughts be the new normal? How will people and wildlife cope? And how do these extreme weather events affect public dialogue about climate change? A group of esteemed researchers will examine the relationship between extreme weather and our changing climate with engaging presentations and an informative panel discussion.

Rachel White, Ph.D. UW Atmospheric Sciences
Josh Lawler, Ph.D. UW School of Environment and Forest Sciences,
James Rufo-Hill, M.U.P., Seattle Public Utilities
John Cook, Ph.D., Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
Moderator: P.Sean McDonald, Ph.D. UW Program on the Environment, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.


Energy and Climate Policy at the Crossroads:   Will the World Act on Climate Change Fast Enough?

For Video of Energy and Climate Policy at the Cross Roads Click Above

When:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Venue:  Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1550 NW 49th St, Seattle, WA.



Geoengineering: What Is It and Is It Ready for Field Testing?  

Video Recording of Climate Science on Tap GeoEngineering Panel

On November 2, 2017, at Naked City Brewery and Tap House the panel discussed the ethical issues around proposed field testing of projects to assess the effectiveness of solar radiation management (SRM) in reducing global warming. 

Going to Extremes: The Future of Weather in the Pacific Northwest

On October 16, 2017 at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse

Climate Change in Puget Sound: Is the Salish Sea Food Web Hanging by a Thread?

On August 30, 2017 at Peddler Brewing Company

Background on Climate Science on Tap events:  

We collaborate with individuals, programs, and organizations, such as the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment and we welcome interested individuals and groups to contact us to discuss such participation.  They are a great way to build a stronger community network with informative, engaging presenters in a fun and relaxed environment.  There are always opportunities to learn about how to get involved before leaving, too!

We want to thank the supporting brewpubs where the community can enjoy food and beverages while engaging in stimulating discussions with scientists and experts around this urgent global issue: 

Naked City Brewery and Tap HousePeddler Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company.  We would love to hear from other brewpubs interested in hosting these events in their taprooms, too!

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