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Birkbeck teams up with worldwide partners for climate change discussion

The one-day event follows the international launch at the end of last month which saw 1000 communities mobilized to consider climate solutions.


On April 25, Birkbeck will host an afternoon of presentations and conversations to explore climate change at the Teach-In for Climate Justice. A multi-disciplinary team of academics will lead the conversation on the ways in which climate change and environmental issues intersect their diverse research and professional activities and connects those around them. 

The event is part of the Worldwide Teach-In, a project of the Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College in New York, USA, in conjunction with partners worldwide and the Open Society University Network. At the end of last month, the initiative saw 1000 communities mobilized in-person and online for the launch of the WORLDWIDE Teach-In on climate solutions and justice, with the goal of engaging their communities in serious dialogue about what they can do to change the future. 

“The diverse ways in which staff from across the College are engaging with climate change in their work reflects the reality that this issue impacts virtually every aspect of our lives, says Dr Aideen Foley, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, but it also highlights that all these different talents and perspectives play a part in addressing the crisis. These interdisciplinary conversations are always inspiring for us academics, and I hope that seeing how colleagues at Birkbeck bring their unique expertise to this problem also inspires others to imagine how their interests and skillsets could be applied to this challenge, too.” 

The Birkbeck event, taking place from 12.00-6.00pm GMT, will feature the following sessions, all online: 

12pm-1pm: Climate Futures with Kezia Barker (Geography), Kai Heron (Politics) and Kayleigh Woods Harley (Birkbeck Climate Network). 

1pm-2pm: Communicating Climate Change with Datawith Phil Hopley (Earth and Planetary Sciences), Joel McKim (Film, Media and Cultural Studies) and George Roussos (Computer Science and Information Systems). 

2pm-3pm: Climate, Culture and Heritage with Becky Briant (Geography), Luciana Martins (Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics) and Lesley McFadyen (History, Classics and Archaeology). 

3pm-4pm:Break(no session) 

4pm-5pm: Food Systems and Global Climate Justice with Alex Colas (Politics), Jason Edwards (Politics), Kalpana Wilson (Geography) and Fred Yamoah (Management). 

5pm-6pm: Climate Change, Water and Coasts with Mike Bintley (English, Theatre and Creative Writing), Sue Brooks (Geography) and Caroline Edwards (English, Theatre and Creative Writing). 

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