Vicki Arroyo uses environmental law and her background in biology and ecology to help prepare for global climate change.

Why you should listen

The climate is quickly changing. Scientists increasingly talk of a new period in the Earth's history, the "anthropocene", in which human impact on the planet has become dominant. Yet we remain unprepared to deal with the consequences: specifically, the disruption and cost. Lawyer Vicki Arroyo, the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, works on climate mitigation and adaptation policies as viable solutions to climate change’s inevitable disruptions to current practices. Using the best available science, Arroyo collaborates with US policymakers at both the state and federal level to develop "planetary management" strategies.

For a through (and constantly updated) toolkit of adaptation resources, visit the Georgetown Climate Center >>

Read Vicki's essay on preparing for future disasters in the wake of Hurricane Sandy >>

What others say

“One of Grist's seven 'favorite journos and wonks.'” — Grist, July 2010

Vicki Arroyo’s TED talk

Vicki Arroyo on the TED Blog

Global Issues

Protect what we cherish from the coming climate changes: Vicki Arroyo at TEDGlobal2012

June 27, 2012

Vicki Arroyo knows a thing or two about climate change. A lawyer by training, she is the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, which works on policies to help government leaders (and the world) deal with climate change’s inevitable disruptions. But that’s not the only reason she’s familiar with climate change. As she tells us, she also […]

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Quotes from Vicki Arroyo

Climate change is affecting our homes, our communities, our way of life. We should be preparing at every scale and at every opportunity.
Vicki Arroyo
TEDGlobal 2012 • 868K views Sep 2012
Informative, Persuasive