Penn State Behrend hosts public “Teach In” event on climate and justice

On Wednesday, 30 Penn State Behrend faculty members and alumni will participate in a “Teach In” on climate and social justice beginning at 5:30 p.m. Participants will meet at McGarvey Commons inside the Reed Union Building on campus.

They will look for ways to balance the fight against climate change and how to balance social justice within a collegial framework.

The program grew out of Bard College in upstate New York, starting the conversation on climate-related issues through other disciplines like sustainable engineering rather than psychology and global studies.

“Climate change isn’t just an issue for scientists,” said Sherri “Sam” Mason, director of sustainability at Penn State Behrend and local coordinator for the event, which takes place in 50 countries. “We all face this problem, and we can all be part of the solution.”

The free event will kick off with a session at 5:30 p.m. that will feature a video produced by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist who has played a huge role in inspiring world leaders to take action on climate change.

At 6:00 p.m., attendees can attend one of three 50-minute talks on climate science, climate justice, and food systems.

At 7:00 p.m., discussions will explore energy solutions, global perspective and effective communication strategies.

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The Teach In is designed to foster conversations that will carry over into dining rooms, dorm rooms, and other informal settings.