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SLU Presents the Annual Climate Change Forum

CANTON — Climate change and its effects on the natural and human environment will be explored in a variety of discussions, presentations and exhibitions during St. Lawrence University’s Climate Change Forum, which will take place Tuesday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 19. The theme of this year’s event is “Democracy in Action.”

Each evening at 7 p.m. in St. Lawrence's Eben Holden, the Forum will feature a presentation from environmental activists and leaders.

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, Tim DeChristopher will deliver his presentation on climate change, democracy and personal action. DeChristopher is a climate activist who spent 21 months in prison for trying to block the sale of public lands in Utah. He is the co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising.

Toronto-based artist, author and activist Franke James will deliver her presentation on climate change Wednesday, Sept. 18. James also will display her visual essays and artwork throughout the entire Forum in the Owen D. Young Library and the Griffiths Art Center.

The Forum will conclude on Thursday, Sept. 19 with a presentation by Jack Hébert, president of Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. Hébert designs and builds energy-efficient homes in interior Alaska. His presentation is titled “Living future at the top of the world.”

Other events include:

Tuesday, Sept. 17

  • 2:30 p.m.: KC Alvey, an organizer for the climate action organization 350.org, will host a workshop on environmental activism (Eben Holden).

Wednesday, Sept. 18

  • 2 p.m.: Sustainability advocate Jerry Bartlett will deliver his presentation titled “The unsustainable diet: Going against the grain” (Sullivan Student Center, Hannon Room).
  • 3 p.m.: A panel discussion on environmental careers, featuring Andrea Ferro, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Clarkson University, Alan Schwartz, professor and founder of the environmental studies program at St. Lawrence University and Hal Thomas ’74, an environmental lawyer (Sullivan Student Center, Hannon Room).
  • 4 p.m.: Clarkson University’s Sustainable Synergy Club will present their program, $CORE (Student and Community Outreach on Rental Efficiency), which aims to increase energy efficiency in off-campus student housing (Sullivan Student Center, Hannon Room).

Thursday, Sept. 19

  • 2 p.m.: Mel Tyree, professor of renewable energy at the University of Alberta, will present on the future of zero-net energy homes (Sullivan Student Center, Hannon Room).
  • 4 p.m.: A panel discussion on worldwide climate change policy facilitated by Stephen Bird, assistant professor of political science at Clarkson University, Dan Dudek, vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund, and Jon Rosales, associate professor of environmental studies at St. Lawrence University (Sullivan Student Center, Hannon Room).

The annual event aims to provide students, staff and the community with solutions to tackle the problems of climate change. The event is funded by St. Lawrence’s Environmental Education Initiative, which was established through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

More information is available on St. Lawrence’s Green Pages, and a full calendar of events can be viewed on St. Lawrence’s News and Events website.