In our current times, we have seen a rise in eco-anxiety and climate grief across all demographic groups. Talking to people who share similar concerns and finding a safe space to voice these feelings can be very reassuring. The educational institutions, as centers of economic development in a society, have undergone metamorphosis over the years to now be pioneers in driving societal change. It is beneficial to ensure that campus activities are curated to provide such safe spaces, therefore creating a setting that is conducive to starting a dialogue that drives change.
In line with UBCO’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) that is enshrined in the Climate Action Plan 2030 (CAP 2030), The 2nd Teach-In on Climate and Justice, organized by the Climate Action Plan 2030 - Engagement (CAP-E) working group, is scheduled to be hosted on campus on Monday, 13th March at the Sunroom (ADM 121, through Sunshine Café) from 6–8:30 p.m. with the intention of informing, inspiring and engaging the campus community.
In between the two sessions, there will be a short break with food and a performance event by UBCO Masters of Fine Arts students. Professor Mary Stockdale, who is the Faculty co-chair for the event, provided more information:
“Acting on the message of sustainability and climate consciousness, climate friendly food will be served to the attendees at the Teach-in.”
The Teach-in is a part of a global initiative that is promoting dialogue and bringing hope in communities around the world. The event can be organized anywhere people can come together — at colleges, universities, primary, middle and secondary schools, museums, or in faith or civil society communities. If we don’t talk about climate change, we won't act to stop it.
In the university setting, such conversations between people from a diverse array of social settings allows for broader discussions, bringing insights relevant to sustainability learning from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It also provides an opportunity to synergize the efforts of educators and students, and gets people talking about climate justice and solutions.
Shared experiences help in not only raising adaptation measures, but also creating policies in carbon mitigation. By removing the perceived psychological distance of the climate issue and understanding that it is getting closer to home, the values of the necessity of action and intergenerational duty towards our climate can be taught.
Check out the Teach-in website (https://sustain.ok.ubc.ca/policies/cap/teach-in/) to register and get involved.