University of Pennsylvania

Climate Justice and Environmental Citizenship – Oct 15

Posted on October 8, 2019

The Andrea Mitchell Center is pleased to announce a new initiative, CONVERSATIONS, a partnership with the Government and Politics Association at Penn. Each CONVERSATIONS event brings together a wide array of scholars and activists focused on a specific issue so that they may engage in a dialogue with student groups at Penn also dedicated to that issue.

The first of the series will take place on Tuesday, October 15.

Climate Justice and Environmental Citizenship
Tue. October 15, 6:00–7:30 pm
133 S. 36th Street, Auditorium (Lower Level)
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
Free and open to the public / Food provided
Co-sponsor: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program at Penn

PLEASE JOIN THE MITCHELL CENTER AND THE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ASSOCIATION AT PENN for the first CONVERSATIONS event, “Climate Justice and Environmental Citizenship,” which will center on the role of government regulations in promoting environmental citizenship. A panel of esteemed local and federal climate educators, specialists, advocates, activists, and scholars will engage in a robust dialogue with each other and with members of Penn student groups to explore issues surrounding sustainability, the climate, and our built environment.

The panel will grapple with difficult and important questions. Does taking climate change seriously mean taking democracy more seriously? How does the influence of donations and lobbying from oil, coal, and fossil fuel corporations affect the state of our democracy? Will climate change destroy democracy? How will decarbonizing the U.S. economy translate into a massive boost to the international project of preventing runaway climate change? What are the implications to consider for a generational investment in planning and design to reshape the social and physical landscape of the U.S.?

In addition to numerous student groups at Penn, the event will include the following speakers:

MITCH CHANIN 350 Philadelphia
FELÍQUAN CHARLEMAGNE Youth Climate Strike founder
CHAD FORCEY Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum
PETER HANDLER Citizens Climate Lobby & artist
DR. ANDREW HUEMMLER Sr. Lecturer, Penn Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
SABIRAH MAHMUD Youth Climate Strike PA State Lead Organizer
DR. ELLEN NEISES Landscape Architect and Executive Director of PennPraxis
DR. ERIC ORTS Wharton Professor and Director of the Penn Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership
MEENAL RAVAL 350 Philadelphia


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