Voices of a Warming Planet: oral history interviews with leading scholars

A website on climate change, created by the Oregon State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center called the Voices of a Warming Planet, features oral history interviews with 12 leading figures from Oregon State University. The website consists of oral history interviews conducted with OSU faculty, staff and students who are engaged in climate change research from multiple scholarly vantage points, including the oceanographic and atmospheric sciences, forestry, agriculture, ethics, public health, and public policy, tracing each narrator’s path through academia while paying particular attention to their research and perspectives on global warming.

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#YouthStepUp Climate Contest

downloadAn opportunity to share with any young people! do they have bold and creative ideas to fight climate change? Do they want to participate in the upcoming Global Climate Action Summit and challenge the status quo?  Tell them to apply for the #YouthStepUp Climate Contest   This contest, organized by Our Climate, invites young people from across the United States to submit their ideas for bold solutions to combat climate change via a creative project and essay. Winners will receive prizes of up to $5,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to attend the summit in San Francisco on September 12-14, 2018. The goal of the contest is to engage young people from across the U.S. in international climate discussions, and accelerate even greater levels of youth action on climate solutions.

Submissions are due August 3.

Webinar: Climate Science, Impacts, and Policy Today

November is a big month for climate science.
Upcoming Webinar
Climate Science, Impacts, and Policy Today:
Climate Change Conference in Bonn – COP 23
Thursday, November 30, 2017
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time
 This webinar discussion will be about the recent release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the outcomes from the international climate meetings in Bonn – UNFCCC COP 23.    National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Executive Director Michelle Wyman will facilitate the discussion between NCSE Senior Fellow Kathy Jacobs and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, as they review the high points of the report and the draft of the second volume. Thereafter, Second Nature President Tim Carter will share a first-hand summary of the events and outcomes during the UNFCCC COP 23 meetings held in Bonn, Germany. 

Degrowth Is Coming

In this American Libraries magazine column,  Edgardo Civallero describes the concept of “degrowth” (defined as:  equitable down-scaling of production and consumption) and how libraries can contribute to this logical response to climate change – both in modeling degrowth and in supporting the community through this change.

Civallero is active in the IFLA Indigenous Matters section and in The Progressive Librarians Guild.

 
 

3 Upcoming Free Climate Strategy webinars!

How Can We Realize the Paris Climate Protection Targets in the Trump Era? 
Climate Insurgency. Public Trust. Just Transition.   Deepen the effectiveness of our groups and movements with ideas, experience and organizing strategy featured in the new book, Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual presented by the author and Labor Network for Sustainability co-founder, Jeremy Brecher.  With guest presenters:  Julia Olsen, Executive Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust & Richard Lipsit, President, Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CI

1) Climate Insurgency: Monday June 265:30-6:30pm Pacific/8:30-9:30 Eastern 

An intro to Climate Insurgency strategy, weaving together many strands of climate organizing–mass nonviolent direct action, freezing fossil fuel infrastructure, public trust, and just transition–into a global strategic framework.

2) Public Trust: Wednesday July 55:30-6:30pm Pacific/ 8:30-9:30 Eastern 

How can we “flip the script” in our nonviolent direct actions, making it clear that the fossil fuel industry and the government that does their bidding are unlawful, and that we are upholding the constitution and the public trust? Use of the Public Trust Doctrine for climate protection has been pioneered by young people represented by Our Children’s Trust. With Julia Olsen, Executive Director, Chief Legal Counsel, Our Children’s Trust

3) Just Transition: Monday July 105:30-6:30pm Pacific/ 8:30-9:30 Eastern 

How can we organize to avoid letting our opponents pit jobs, workers, and unions against climate, water and community protection? How can we build “just transition” that includes a better future for workers who produce and use fossil fuels, construction workers who build fossil fuel infrastructure, and communities that depend on them? With Richard Lipsit, President. Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

Live in the NYC area? you should attend this event!

From a SustianRT email post:
Most of us think about climate change. We may even have a nagging worry about it in the back of our mind. But how often do we actually verbalize our feelings about it in a meaningful way with other human beings?
Due to the sheer scope and seemingly impossible global challenges climate change poses, most of us would rather pretend it doesn’t exist, let alone have a meaningful conversation about it. But climate change is a reality our generation and the next will live with, whether we want to or not.
 
As hubs of our communities, libraries and library workers are in the unique position of being able to act as advocates to help our patrons with the process of acknowledging and accepting the very real effects of climate change, and aid them in developing the skills necessary to live and cope with the current and future realities of a climate change(d) world.
In this workshop, Madeleine Charney (UMass, Amherst Library) and Jodi Shaw (Brooklyn Public Library) will lay out a simple framework library workers can use to get people to start people talking about a topic that most of us would rather not think about.
This workshop takes place at METRO in NYC and is open to all LIS students and library workers.
Mon, April 24, 201710:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

If you missed the climate change webinar yesterday….

webinar Beyond DoomIf you missed the webinar yesterday – Beyond Doom and Gloom:  Include Solutions to Climate Change  by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC) it was wonderful, but it was recorded and please watch it when you have time.

Description  – Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert materials to engage students in current and future policy solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline. Watch this webinar to see how you can be part of reducing doom and gloom and share opportunities for progress.

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