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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tufts climate commitment and the signing of the Talloires Declaration, different departments, offices, and student groups will be hosting climate change events. The for a sustainable future event series will take place around campus throughout Fall 2015. Check the calendar for the next event on the Medford campus! Check back with this webpage as new events are being added weekly! Use the hashtag #Talloires25 when you are at an event this semester.



Event Descriptions:


Faith is a Verb: Climate Change, Race, and Poverty Monday, September 14th (12-2pm in Goddard Chapel) In this inaugural session of the Faith Is a Verb series, we will welcome Anthony Giancatarino to campus for a conversation about the intersections of ecological education, racial justice, and spirituality. Giancatarino directs the Food Equity and Energy Democracy programs at the Center for Social Inclusion in NYC. In keeping with Pope Francis’ recent encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, which calls for diverse and innovative responses to global climate change and poverty, Giancatarino will speak with us about his research and policy work supporting food and energy equity with communities of color and its connections with his own Catholic identity. Dr Antje Danielson, Director of the Tufts Institute for the Environment will respond to Anthony’s words. Hosted by the Tufts Chaplaincy.  Facebook event here.


Lunch & Learn: “Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change” By Matthew Nisbet Thursday, September 24th (12-1pm in the Rabb Room) In this presentation, Dr. Nisbet will discuss his research analyzing the role that prominent public intellectuals like Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Jeffrey Sachs, Tom Friedman, and Andrew Revkin play in shaping debate over climate change. He will detail how public intellectuals establish their authority, spread their ideas, and shape political discourse, assessing the contrasting stories that they tell about the causes and solutions to climate change and related environmental problems. He will propose methods for building on his analysis and urge the need for forums that feature a diversity of voices, discourses, and ideas. Full bio here. Hosted by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE). Food is generously sponsored by TIE.



Lunch & Learn:  “Reducing Global Warming Pollution” By Johanna Neumann Thursday, October 1st (12-1pm in Dowling 745A) When it comes to climate change, the science is clear: Carbon emissions from human activity are fueling a rise in global temperatures. This global warming is causing a host of problems including more frequent extreme weather events, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and more. Learn how one organization is building the political power needed to get our leaders to pay attention to the science, push back against the interests of polluting industries, buck the status quo, and act to address this global challenge. Full bio here. Hosted by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE). Food is generously sponsored by TIE.


Screening “Catching The Sun:” The Solar Future of America Thursday, October 1st (8pm, Miner Hall, Room 112) Through the hope and heartbreak of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun explores the global race to lead the clean energy future. Over the course of a solar jobs training program, Catching the Sun follows the hope and heartbreak of unemployed American workers seeking jobs in the solar industry. An unlikely ensemble of characters contrast with preconceived notions about who is at the forefront of a transition to clean energy: Eddie Wiltz, a college dropout with few job opportunities who seeks training as a solar installer; Debbie Dooley, a Green Tea Party activist who takes on Georgia’s utility monopoly; Van Jones, a Bay Area activist who goes to Washington to elevate the national conversation on green jobs and implement policy, and; Wally Jiang, an ambitious Chinese CEO pursuing global markets in this rapidly growing industry.  With countries like China investing in innovative technologies and capitalizing on this trillion-dollar opportunity, Catching the Sun tells the story of the global energy transition from the perspective of workers and entrepreneurs building solutions to income inequality and climate change with their own hands.  Their successes and failures speak to one of the biggest questions of our time: will the U.S. actually be able to build a clean energy economy? Watch the trailer here. Hosted by Impact, Tufts Sustainability Collective, Food for Thought, The Tufts Energy Group, Tufts Climate Action, the Office of Sustainability, and the Environmental Studies Program.


Know Tomorrow Day of Action Friday, October 2nd (2-6pm at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom) You’re invited to the first-ever “KNOW TOMORROW Day of Action”—a major national movement that will unite thousands of college students, activists, politicians, corporations and celebrities to take action on climate change. Throughout the Day of Action, students at more than 50 universities in America will host large-scale events on campus, ranging from concerts and performances to speakers, road races and activity fairs. Boston students – representing 12 colleges and universities in the area – are leading the charge, gathering at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Ballroom  for an afternoon of music and speakers. From 2pm-6pm, students from BC, BU, Tufts, Harvard, Northeastern, Wellesley, and many more, will get loud for climate action with the help of Honorary Co-Host and Massachusetts Senator, Ed Markey (who will also be speaking at the event around 5:45pm), musicians such as Outasight and Speedy Ortiz and several climate change activists and organizations. With the support of partners like Ben and Jerry’s and Goldman Sachs to The Climate Reality Project, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation and Shepard Fairey, the Day of Action is poised to be a momentous day for climate action. This is your call to action, and your chance to make a difference. You can help secure our tomorrow. Know tomorrow. Facebook event page here. Sponsored by Tufts Climate Action.


Lunch & Learn: “Report From the Front Line” By  Carolyn Kirk Thursday, October 8th (12-1pm in the Rabb Room) Mayors and other municipal leaders in coastal communities are on the front lines of confronting the challenges posed by climate change, sea level rise, and extreme weather. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, a coastal city north of Boston, these challenges hit on almost every aspect of the community from adapting the economy to a sustainable fishery to advances in the city’s emergency management response to ensuring that new development meets standards of resiliency. Not only does the municipality have to respond to our changing environment, but citizens do as well. Carolyn A. Kirk will share her experience as Mayor for seven years in Gloucester in confronting these challenges but also show how citizens were inspired to do their part as well. Full bio here. Hosted by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE). Food is generously sponsored by TIE.


“Carbon Pricing: The Solution to the Climate Crisis” Thursday, October 8th (8-10pm in Pearson 104) Climate change stops here. WE will be the generation to deal with this crisis, but instead of being defined by it, young people have the chance to come together to make our schools, cities and planet better for everyone on it. To solve the climate crisis, we need to fundamentally reshape our economy by replacing dirty fossil fuels with clean energy sources. Fossil fuels have driven economic development for two centuries, and their prices remained low because society was able to deflect their negative effects on health and the environment. But today the accumulation of emissions and climate-related disasters show that we are finally paying the price for polluting on a global scale. The best way to reduce our use of fossil fuels and ramp up clean and renewable energy is to make price truly reflective of cost. Carbon pricing does this by penalizing energy sources that harm society and the environment, leveling the playing field for energy sources that benefit us all. Campuses are moral, cultural and intellectual centers of our society with an incredible history of sparking and driving social change movements, and students are powerful messengers. Be a part of this new movement and help protect the one planet we have by attending this carbon pricing workshop! Sponsored by KnowTomorrow, Citizen’s Engagement Lab, and Years of Living Dangerously.


“Restoring Water Cycles to Reverse Global Warming” Conference Weekend Friday, October 16th – Sunday, October 18th (various times in Cabot and Barnum) Water and its remarkable physical properties make life on earth possible.  In this conference we will pay particular attention to water’s role in regulating climate through its capacity to store, move and transfer more heat than any other natural compound.  Water is a planetary thermostat, and even with elevated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere it can cool the biosphere and address destructive feedback loops in the climate system. Event and registration details here. Hosted by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate and the Tufts Institute of the Environment.


A Prospective Analysis of the Paris Climate Negotiations: Challenges and Opportunities Wednesday, October 28th (5:30-7:00pm in the Coolidge Room, Ballou) A conversation with co-chairs of the ad hoc group on the Durban platform: Dr. Daniel Reifsnyder (in person) and Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf (Skype). Please RSVP here for the event. A light reception will follow the event. Hosted by the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP).



“Climate Change and Community Vulnerability: Hazard Mitigation Through Planning” By Samuel Bell Wednesday, November 3th (12-1pm in the Crane Room) Event info here. Hosted by Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning (UEP).


Lunch & Learn: “Lost Antarctica: Drug Discovery in a Disappearing Land” By James McClintock  Thursday, November 5th (12-1pm in the Rabb Room) The seafloor communities surrounding Antarctica have a long geological history where predation pressure and competition have facilitated the evolution of a rich chemical diversity including compounds with the potential to combat cancer and other human diseases. Rapid environmental change in Antarctica is now threatening biodiversity loss. McClintock has taken this important message to a broad global audience by successfully authoring books. Full bio here. Hosted by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE). Food is generously sponsored by TIE.


“From Penguins to Plankton: Impacts of Climate Change on the Marine Ecology of the Antarctic Peninsula” By James McClintock Thursday, November 5th (5pm in Barnum 104) Event info here. Hosted by Professor Jan Pechenik and the Tufts Department of Biology.


World Hunger: 10 Myths with Frances Moore Lappé Monday, November 9th (3:30-4:45 PM Mugar, Room 200, The Fletcher School). Event information here. Sponsored by Tufts’ Global Development And Environment Institute.  Food policy author and activist Frances Moore Lappé will offer insights on tough questions—from climate change and population growth to GMOs and the role of U.S. foreign aid, and more. Driven by the question “Why hunger despite an abundance of food?”  Lappé argues that with sustainable agriculture, we can feed the world and end nutritional deprivation affecting one-quarter of the world’s population. She also reasons that most people in the Global North have more in common with the world’s hungry people than they thought.


Lunch & Learn: “Solar Power Comes of Age” By  Philip Warburg Thursday, November 12th (12-1pm in the Rabb Room). Solar power is poised to become a mainstream US power resource, already visible on hundreds of thousands of rooftops, fast taking hold on farms and industrial “brownfields,” and spreading across our Western deserts. In addition to exploring the full extent of solar’s potential, this talk will examine some of the challenges it poses. How will utilities adapt as “distributed” solar supplants fossil and nuclear plants that have long been their revenue-generating mainstays? What are the wildlife impacts of utility-scale solar fields, and how can those impacts be mitigated? And how will we manage vast new quantities of solar waste as the industry matures? Specific solar projects will be studied; US and European policies will be explored. Full bio here. Hosted by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE). Food is generously sponsored by TIE.


“Economics of Climate Change: Perspectives From Tufts” Thursday, November 12th (1:30-2:45pm in Sophia Gordon Hall) Event information here. GDAE will host a panel discussion with Kelly Sims Gallagher of the Fletcher School, Sivan Kartha of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and Gilbert Metcalf of the Tufts Economics Department. Tufts professors and researchers will present a variety of current perspectives related to the economics of climate change. Topics to be addressed include carbon pricing, renewable energy, and equity and efficiency in the design of an international climate regime.


Lunch & Learn: “Looking for Good News About Global Warming” By  Daniel Grossman  Thursday, November 19th (12-1pm in the Rabb Room) Daniel Grossman has reported for 15 years about the impacts of global warming around the world, from Greenland’s Ice Sheet to Peru’s rain forest. Recently he’s also begun reporting on efforts to reduce carbon, especially in northern Europe, where people are responsible for only half as much carbon dioxide as residents of the U.S. He’ll talk about his reporting on climate impacts and a reporting trip last summer to Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Norway. Full bio here. Hosted by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE). Food is generously sponsored by TIE.



“Reflecting on 25 Years of Adaptation Planning – What was I thinking ?” By Paul Kirshen Tuesday, December 1st (3-4pm in Nelson Auditorium, 112 Anderson Hall) This talk will be based upon the speaker’s 25+ years of climate change adaptation planning research and consulting experience. It will consider how the field has evolved and some of the many challenges still remaining. Paul Kirshen is the co-founder of the Tufts interdiciplinary graduate program in Water: Systems, Science and Society  (WSSS). Learn more about the WSS program here. The seminar is hosted by the Tufts Department for Civil and Environmental Engineering and will be followed by a catered reception in Burden Lounge 4:00 – 4:30 pm.

“The Great Debate on Climate” By Bill Moomaw and Bruce Everett Thursday, December 3rd (6:30-8:00 in The Fletcher School, ASEAN) What is the most desirable outcome for the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris? GDAE Co-Director Bill Moomaw and Professor Bruce Everett will go head to head on this topic in this year’s Great Debate. This will be the 15th debate between the two, and the stakes have never been higher than now. This event is hosted by the Fletcher School.

Lunch & Learn: “Talloires Declaration: Past, Present, and Future” By Interdisciplinary Panel Thursday, December 10th (12-1pm in the Rabb Room) Event details here. Hosted by the Environmental Studies Program and the Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE). Food is generously sponsored by TIE.