Tulane Climate Action Day

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Kendall Cram Room
Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life

On Tuesday, January 30, Tulane Climate Change Action Day will feature keynote speakers, panels, and campus and community partner information tables, all focused on climate change and approaches to action.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Kendall Cram room of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.

All sessions fit the undergraduate class schedule to facilitate the participation of faculty, students and classes.  This one day of action will encourage participants to be active in climate change mitigation and adaptation throughout the year and in their lives in and out of Tulane. 

All Day:
Design Jam, Kendall Cram Lobby
Campus & Community Climate Action Info Tables, Kendall Cram Lobby (Noon-close)

9:00                                 Opening

9:30 -10:45 am                J. Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, Brown University
"Understanding and Confronting the Injustice of Climate Change: Vulnerability, Responsibility, and Action, from the U.N. to Washington and Right at Home"

11:00am - 12:15 pm        Climate Justice: Socio-environmental change and collective responses.   
This session will feature a diverse pool of panelists from sectors such as community activism and academia. Through facilitated discussion, panelists will explore how their individual work relates to environmental justice and the social effects of climate change, specifically in New Orleans and Louisiana.  

  • Julia Kumari Drapkin, CEO and Founder, iSeeChange
  • Jayeesha Dutta, Artist, Activist, Strategist, Another Gulf is Possible
  • Albert Naquin, Traditional Chief, Isle de Jean Charles Band of the Biloxi--Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe
  • Beverly Wright, Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
  • Moderator: Amy Lesen, Research Associate Professor, Tulane ByWater Institute

12:30 - 1:45 pm               Living with Water -- Tulane's Place in the Watershed
A discussion of Tulane University's place in the watershed, and the ways in which stormwater management and campus master planning efforts connect the university to regional water management and climate adaptation initiatives.   

  • John Kleinschmidt, Architect, Waggoner & Ball
  • Jeremy Jernegan, Professor, Ceramics, Newcomb Art Department, Tulane 
  • Dr. Tiong Aw, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane  
  • Wendy Hillis, Tulane University Architect

2:00 - 3:15 pm                 The War on Climate Science: Combatting Misinformation and Attack Politics
By bringing together experts on climate communication, climate law and policy, “citizen” science, we hope to illustrate the opportunities available for pursuing climate change research and policy despite attacks on climate science, scientists, and policymakers.

  • Constantine Boussalis, Department of Political Science, Trinity College, Dublin , Ireland
  • Wilma Subra, environmental scientist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and President, Subra Company, New Iberia, LA
  • Mark Davis, Director, Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy, and Director, Bywater Institute, Tulane University
  • Frances B. Roberts-Gregory, environmental justice researcher and Ph.D. candidate, Environmental Science and Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley
  • Siobhan Foley, Climate Action Program Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Resilience, New Orleans, LA
  • Moderator: Christopher Oliver, Professor of Practice, Tulane Department of Sociology and Tulane Environmental Studies Program

3:30 - 4:45 pm                 Katharine Hayhoe (via internet), Professor, Political Science and Director, Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University
"Barriers to Public Acceptance of Climate Science, Impacts, and Solutions"

5:00 - 6:00 pm                 Student Call to Action:  What can you do?

6:00pm                            Closing Reception

Campus & Community Organization Information Tables: 350.org, Alliance for Affordable Energy, Tulane Dining,  Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Restore the Mississippi River Delta, Antenna/ Fossil Free Fest, Sierra Club Delta Chapter, Tulane Green Medicine, USG Sustainability Committee 

Sponsored by the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, Office of Sustainability, Environmental Studies Program, the ByWater Institute, Center for Public Service, Tulane Green Club, USG Sustainability Committee, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Department of Sociology, School of Liberal Arts, Center for Scholars, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South and the Office of Academic Affairs and Provost. 

For more information, contact Liz Davey at 504-865-5145 or ldavey@tulane.edu

About the Climate Change Action Day Keynote Speakers:

J. Timmons Roberts is Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University.  In the 1990s he held a joint appointment in Latin American Studies and Sociology and co-directed the Environmental Studies program at Tulane University.    Timmons' current research focuses on climate change and economic development. His core focus is on how inequality affects our ability to address this complex global problem.  Timmons' approach to research is to learn about major social problems by attempting to help address them.  His Climate and Development Lab at Brown provides research support to think-tanks, NGOs, and the Least Developed Countries Group--the world's 48 poorest nations--in the U.N. climate negotiations. He is a leader in Rhode Island's efforts to plan for climate changes: the RI Climate Change Commission was created in 2010 by legislation written by him and his Brown students; and in 2014 he led a group that successfully passed the first comprehensive climate legislation in the state.   Timmons’ profile is posted at https://vivo.brown.edu/display/jr17#

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to understand what climate change means for people and the natural environment. She is a professor and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.  Katharine has served as a lead author for the Second, Third and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments, and has conducted climate impact assessments for a broad cross-section of organizations, cities and regions.  Katharine may be best-known to many people because of how she’s bridging the broad, deep gap between scientists and Christians.  Together with her husband Andrew Farley, Katharine wrote A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, a book that untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming.  Her work as a climate change evangelist has been featured on the Emmy award-winning documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously” and “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.”