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Join Bard's One-Night Teach-in on Climate and Justice: 3/30/22

Karianne Canfield, Bard alumni class of 2020, is at the center of a global climate educational initiative spearheaded by the Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard: The WorldWide Teach-in on Climate and Justice. They are helping organize events at over 300 universities, high schools, faith communities, and NGOs in 50 countries, involving tens of thousands of students around the world. 

Karianne is also helping put together (and will be speaking at) Bard’s own flagship Teach-In, to be held the evening or March 30. Free and open to the public, the live, in-person event will feature more than 35 Bard faculty, staff, and students in panels with audience discussion.

Topics include:

Climate Justice 🔵 Food Systems and Solutions 🔵 Climate Science: What You Need to Know 🔵 Dealing with Climate Despair 🔵 Climate Stories & Songs 🔵 Local to Global 🔵 Energy, Cities, Behavior 🔵 Art, Citizens, Climate 🔵 and a plenary session on 🔵 What We Can Do Starting Now.

The complete program follows below.

Speakers will give 5-minute lightning talks, leaving the balance of each panel for discussion. The Teach-in begins at 6:15 pm and ends at 9:30 pm at Olin Hall. Members of the public who would like to attend in person or remotely via live stream should register here.

In-person attendance by non-Bardians requires uploading proof of vaccination against Covid-19. We will share the zoom link with registrants on the day of the event.

Today, most people understand that carbon pollution is causing the planet to heat up.  We see the fires and floods, the extreme weather, the droughts and crop failures. But many of us react with a sense of despair. The problem seems too big and our politics and economic systems too broken for solutions. In fact, we are living at a moment of tremendous agency, where what we all do matters as never before. The teach-in will help us move from despair to determination, working together, to change the future. 

Karianne says: “The time for talk is over, so why have a teach-in? Because there is always more to learn. More policy to understand, more biases to unlearn, and new perspectives on old issues to give you hope. At the World Wide Teach-In on Climate Justice, our team has focused on the solutions—large and small—that can be implemented in our communities. I am proud to be part of a hope-focused effort for change. Join us on March 30.”

Register here to stay informed>> 

The WorldWide Teach-in on Climate and Justice, and Bard’s flagship event, is a project of the Graduate Programs in Sustainability (GPS) at Bard College, with support from the Open Society University Network. GPS degree programs include MS degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy; the M Ed In Environmental Education, and the MBA in Sustainability, ranked the #1 Green MBA for 2021 and 2022, and among the top 10 MBA’s nationwide for Non-Profit Management for both years as well by the Princeton Review.


BARD’s One-night TEACH-IN on Climate and Justice: Program

Week of: Outdoor Art Exhibition, Side of Stevenson Library

Tuesday, March 29th: “Hope for Our Mother Earth: An Interfaith Service of Prayers, Meditations, Dance, and Music,” Chapel, 5:30 PM

Wednesday, March 30th: 

  • 4:45-5:15 PM: Low Carbon Dinner in MPR (Bardians only)

  • 5:15 PM: Performance Art: Cranial Fracking, MPR

  • 6:15 PM: Teach-In begins, Olin Hall (Free and open to the Public)
  • 6:15-6:25: Introduction to the Teach-In
  • 6:30-7:25: Session 1
  • 7:30-8:25: Session 2
  • 8:30-9:30: Concluding Panel

Session 1

1. Climate and Justice

Moderator: Patricia Hanna, CEP Student

  • The Green New Deal, Jordan Ayala, Econ Democracy Initiative
  • Climate & Global Inequity, Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
  • Anthro Citizen Assemblies/Civic Lotteries, Benicio Taggart, Monica Byrne, Samuel Mutter
  • Students Investing in Our Communities, Peter Klein Sociology

2. Climate Science: What You Need to Know

Moderator: Marly Medard, CEP Student

  • Is it Too Late? Anton Seimon CEP
  • Future Climates, Beate Liepert, EUS
  • Science and Pseudoscience, Paul Cadden-Zimansky, Physics

3. Climate Stories and Songs

Moderator: Christina Carrero, CEP Student

  • Climate Storytelling, Jenny Offil, Literature
  • Climate Movement Songs: Don't Exist, Whiteny Slaten, Music
  • The Case for Stewardship, Mary Grace Williams, Chaplains Office
  • A Finer Future is Possible, Jon Bowermaster, EUS

4. Food Systems: Climate Solutions

Roundtable Moderator: Rebecca Yoshino, Bard Farm

  • Jennifer Phillips, CEP
  • Gidon Eshel, EUS
  • Khadja Ghanizada, Student
  • K. Greene, Hudson Valley Seed Co.
  • YMCA Farm Project

Session 2

5. Climate Solutions: Local to Global

Moderator: Damaris Borden, CEP Student

  • Bard's Climate Commitment, Laurie Husted, Sustainability Officer
  • New York Leads, Jen Metzger, former NY State Senator
  • National Politics of Solutions, Monique Segarra, EUS/CEP
  • China and Climate, Rob Culp, Asian Studies

6. Dealing with Climate Depression

Moderator: Vy Nguyen, CEP Student

  • Artists Respond to Climate, Ellen Driscoll, Arts
  • Moving Beyond Avoidance, Elena Kim, Psychology
  • Mourn, then Organize, Karianne Canfield, Bard Alum
  • Writing about Climate, Daniel Williams, Literature

7. Energy, Cities, Behavior

Moderator: Frances Duncan

  • The Renewable Energy Revolution, Eban Goodstein, CEP/MBA
  • Nudging Behavior Change, Gautam Sethi, CEP
  • Reimagining Cities, Ross Adams, Architecture

8. Art, Citizens, and Climate—Roundtable

Moderator: Calida Howell, CEP Student

  • Alex Benson, Literature
  • Jean Churchill, Dance
  • Tanya Marcuse, Arts
  • Krista Caballero, Arts

Concluding Panel

Moderator: Eban Goodstein

  • What We Can Do
  • Video
  • Rise-Up, Khadija Ghanizada, Tobias Hess, Students
  • Vote, Erin Cannan, CCE
  • Organize, Eli Dueker, EUS
  • Lead, Chelsea Mozen, Senior Director, Impact and Sustainability at Etsy, Bard GPS Alum
  • Invest, Randy Strickland, Bard MBA
  • How Bard Can Drive Change, Taun Toay, Chief Financial Officer

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About the Author

Eban Goodstein

Eban Goodstein

Dr. Eban Goodstein is an economist and the Director of the MBA in Sustainability and the MS and MEd programs at the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College. He is known for organizing national educational initiatives on climate change, which have engaged thousands of schools and universities, civic institutions, faith groups, and community organizations in solutions-driven dialogue. Goodstein is the author of three books and numerous journal articles focused on climate change, sustainability and green jobs.