For Students

Student Climate Change Summit

March 29, 2018, 5-8pm

Weatherspoon Art Museum

Open to the public.

“It’s startling to know there are individuals on the brink of adulthood who have spent their entire lives in a climate that, largely due to human activity, is vastly different from the one their parents experienced growing up.”
Rachel Licker in The New York Times

Global climate change poses profound risks to human well-being, the flora and fauna that surround us and planetary peace. These risks become more visceral, visible, year by year. What will life be like 20, 30, 40, 50 years from now? Climate change will not destroy the third planet from the sun. The earth will endure. It is life on earth, in all its variegated forms, that is endangered.

We might liken the Millennials and those generations that follow them to unsuspecting voyagers on the starship Enterprise. They are unwittingly, without their consent, going where no human has gone before. A strange, alarming new world awaits them, one they are completely unprepared to navigate. It is this voyage they and others will address in the Student Climate Change Summit. The Summit will take place on March 29th from 5 to 8pm in the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Sponsored by the Departments of Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, the Environment and Sustainability Program, and RISE (Research and Instruction in STEM Education).

The Summit will feature a wide-array of student participants representing several generations:

  • Undergraduate students at UNCG will present research posters around variety of climate change topics.
  • A student from NC State will describe the work of the Climate Reality group on campus.
  • Students from the International Baccalaureate Program at Grimsley High School will present posters highlighting their IB papers on climate change.
  • Elementary and junior high school students from the Greensboro Montessori School will contribute art pieces that reflect their aesthetic connections to the vicissitudes of climate.

In addition to student participation, several faculty will give short presentations around a variety of climate change topics:

  • Ben Barnard, a faculty member in the IB Program at Grimsley, will discuss his personal history of teaching climate change in the public school system.
  • Ryan Emanuel, University Faculty Scholar, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State, will discuss his observations of climate change and the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
  • Jeff Patton, Professor of Geography at UNCG, will light-up the connections between glaciers and climate.
  • Finally, a keynote address by Professor Anthony Oliver-Smith will close out the evening’s activities. Professor Oliver-Smith, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, is a world-wide respected expert on climate change and human migration.

The public is invited.

SCCS Organizing Committee:

Dr. Aaron Allen, Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Dr. Etsuko Kinefuchi, Communication Studies
Dr. Jay Lennartson, Geography
Dr. Art Murphy, Anthropology
Dr. Steve Kroll-Smith, Sociology