Dont look up sos

Dr. David R. Muñoz

Emeritus Professor, Colorado School of Mines

Don't Look Up— Our challenges with climate change mitigation

Retired engineering professor Dr. Muñoz discusses the challenges of responding to the physical, social and ethical consequences of climate change.

Taos Center for the Arts Taos, NM

Film Synopsis

Two low-level astronomers must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.

    Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), an astronomy grad student, and her professor Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make an astounding discovery of a comet orbiting within the solar system. The problem: it's on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. Turns out warning mankind about a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is an inconvenient fact to navigate. With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and her sycophantic son and Chief of Staff, Jason (Jonah Hill), to the airwaves of The Daily Rip, an upbeat morning show hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry). With only six months until the comet makes impact, managing the 24-hour news cycle and gaining the attention of the social media obsessed public before it's too late proves shockingly comical -- what will it take to get the world to just look up?! — Rotten Tomatoes

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    About the Speaker

    Dr. David R. Muñoz spent the majority of his professional career (1986-2012) as a faculty member of the Engineering Division at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). He remains connected to CSM as an emeritus professor. His career has centered on energy after earning the MS and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering (thermal-fluid sciences) from Purdue and a BSME from the University of New Mexico. He moved to Taos in 2012, lives in an energy efficient home of his design, enjoys hiking and vegetable gardening, and has been active with Renewable Taos since 2015. David also serves as Treasurer to the 300+ year old Acequia de Los Lovatos in Ranchitos.