This year the national Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) meetings are in San Antonio, TX. The keynote speaker on October 15, 2017 was Katharine Hayhoe who is a climate scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She is the winner of numerous awards for her communication about climate science and has been named TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, among many other distinctions. Her presentation did not focus on the science of climate change, but on the polarization of the topic of climate change and how we can move forward. She showed how the polarization of politics has further polarized the topic of climate change. She argued that the polarization on this topic is fed by the perception that the solutions to climate change will result in dramatic losses, both personal and national (ie. trucks would not be allowed, there would be collapse of the economy, etc.). Obviously these scenarios are not acceptable so a line is drawn in the sand and each side believes the other does not care about the values of the other. She contends we need to talk to people that have different views, we must connect with each other about what we have in common and discuss the values we share (family, shared place, community, etc.). Only then, should we discuss how climate change is already impacting many aspects of animal, plant and human health and how it will continue to impact the the places and people we both value. The best solutions will then grow from conversations about what we all value – solutions that can bring economic prosperity, environmental stability and protection of our communities. She discussed numerous examples of such solutions that have been established nationally and internationally.