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Science-Based Choices for Climate Action: Insights from the IPCC 6th Assessment Report

Save the Dates: October 24 – 26, 2022

All are invited to attend Science-Based Choices for Climate Action, Insights from the IPCC 6th Assessment Report, an in-person and livestreamed symposium hosted by Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, USA on October 24 – 26. Authors of the newest reports from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), policy makers, other experts, and the audience will engage in conversations about findings from the IPCC assessment, why they matter, and how they can be used to mobilize more ambitious and equitable actions on climate change. The symposium celebrates awarding of the 2022 Sam Rose and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism to the IPCC in recognition of their important work.

Attendance is free, but pre-registration using the links below is requested. Assure your attendance by registering today to attend in-person or to watch the livestream.

To inquire about bringing a class or other group to attend in-person, or about the ticketing and registration systems, email sustainability@dickinson.edu. We are happy to assist in group reservations. The in person ticket reservation system allows for reservations of 1-30 tickets per session.

Questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Neil Leary, Director, Center for Sustainability Education, Dickinson College, and chair of the symposium: learyn@dickinson.edu.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

Supporting organization logos for the 2022 International Climate Symposium

The Natural Resources Defense Council, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Citizens Climate Education, Global Council for Science and the Environment, Intentional Endowments Network, Second Nature, Sustainable Development Solutions Network – USA, Our Climate are supporting organizations of the symposium.

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION

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Special thanks to our International Climate Symposium PLanning Committee: Neil Leary, Michael Beevers, Todd Bryant, Rachel Echevarria, Errol Huffman, Craig Layne, Jennifer Love, Lindsey Lyons, Emily Pawley, Pat Pehlman, Tara Renault, Richie Rice, Liz Toth, Sumaiya Quayum, Aisha Rodriguez, Ashlee Telep, Bill Trego, Dottie Warner, Neil Weissman, Sonya Wright from Dickinson College and Ko Barrett, Andrej Mahecic, and Nina Peeva from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

SYMPOSIUM PROGRAM

Check out the biographies of confirmed speakers and moderators

* Indicates in-person speaker 
+ Indicates remote speaker 


Monday, October 24, 2022


 


9:30-10:20 am: Opening Session: Science-Based Choices for Equitable Climate Action

Welcoming remarks, overview of the symposium program and purposes, and a panel conversation to provide a local perspective about the global challenge of climate change. Panelists will discuss why climate change matters for people in Pennsylvania, USA, why local action is needed to address this global challenge, and what are some local actions that are moving forward in Pennsylvania. 

  • President John E. Jones, Dickinson College*
  • Neil Leary, Dickinson College and Symposium Chair*
  • Hoesung Lee, Chair, IPCC*

Panel: A Local View of a Global Challenge 

  • Aisha Rodriguez ‘22, member of the Rose Walters Prize Committee*
  • Greg Czarnecki, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources* 
  • Christopher Nafe, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection*
  • Sean Shultz, Mayor of Carlisle, Pennsylvania*
  • Moderator: Neil Leary, Dickinson College and Symposium Chair*

10:30 – 11:20 am: Demystifying the Work of the IPCC

Who are the people who write the IPCC reports? How are they selected? What science gets assessed? What is the process? What is consensus and how is it reached? How are contending evidence and views represented in the reports? What are the limitations of the IPCC assessments?

  • Karen Seto, Yale School of the Environment and IPCC Working Group 3 author*
  • Alexander Ruane, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and IPCC Working Group 1 author*
  • Moderator: Neil Leary, Dickinson College*

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Climate Change – Evidence and Causes

What is the evidence the climate is changing and the causes of the changes? How is climate projected to change in the future? Why are the changes cause for concern? How can climate projections be used to help inform climate action?

  • Linda Mearns, National Center for Atmospheric Research and IPCC Working Group 1 author*
  • Alexander Ruane, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and IPCC Working Group 1 author*
  • Moderator: Kristin Strock, Dickinson College*

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Coffee Break

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be served in the lobby of the Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium.

Use the opportunity to talk with speakers and other symposium attendees.


3:00 – 4:00 pm: Pathways to Net Zero Carbon

What emission pathways are compatible with meeting the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement? What do these pathways require in terms of energy efficiency and conservation, energy sources, land use, and carbon capture and storage? How rapidly can these changes be made? What factors may facilitate or inhibit transition to net zero carbon?

  • Roberto Schaeffer, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and IPCC Working Group III author+
  • Anand Patwardhan, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park*
  • Steve Rose, EPRI and IPCC Working Group II author* 
  • Moderator: Anthony Underwood, Dickinson College*

4:10 – 4:45 pm: Keynote Address: Why Climate Resilient Development Matters in the Fight Against Climate Change

Dr. Debra Roberts, Head of Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa, and IPCC Working Group II Co-Chair*

This presentation will examine the findings of the recently released IPCC Working Group II report and what they tell us about enhancing our society’s adaptive capacity. The concept of  Climate Resilient Development will be explored as a way of achieving equitable, just and transformative change that leaves no one, no ecosystem and no place behind.


7:00 – 8:30 pm: Climate Change: Rising to the Challenge

Recognition of IPCC as 2022 Rose Walters Prize Recipient 
President John E. Jones, Dickinson College* 
Julie Walters and Sam Rose '58 (invited) 
Hoesung Lee, Chair, IPCC* 

Panel: Rising to the Challenge 
The panel will reflect on the first day of the symposium, explore the multiple ways that climate change is impacting and will impact our lives and world, and envision ways in which we can rise to the challenge.

  • Hoesung Lee, Chair, IPCC* 
  • Kit Kennedy, Natural Resources Defense Council* 
  • Armond Cohen, Clean Air Task Force* 
  • Karl Hausker, World Resources Institute* 
  • Moderator: Neil Leary, Dickinson College* 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022


 


9:00 – 10:00 am: Science and Policy Interface

What are the processes by which the IPCC and its assessments influence policy in international, national, and local contexts? How is climate science communicated and used in policy making? How do cognitive biases, culture and other factors affect communication, understanding, and application of scientific information in policy and other decision-making contexts?

  • Ko Barrett, Senior Advisor for Climate, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and IPCC Vice Chair*
  • Fatima Denton, United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa and IPCC Working Group 3 author*
  • Benjamin Preston, RAND and IPCC Working Group 2 author*
  • Moderator: Rachel Jacobs, Dickinson College *

10:00 - 10:30 am: Coffee Break

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be served in the lobby of the Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium.

Use the opportunity to talk with speakers and other symposium attendees.


10:30 – 11:20 am: Land, Ecosystems and Climate Change

Exploration of climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, resilience, and equity in the context of land and ecological systems.

  • Gillian Bowser, Colorado State University*
  • Andreas Fischlin, ETH Zurich and IPCC Vice-Chair+
  • Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (invited+) 
  • Moderator: Heather Bedi, Dickinson College*

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Food, Agriculture, Water and Climate Change

Exploration of climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, resilience, and equity in the context of food, agricultural, and water systems.

  • Rachel Bezner Kerr, Cornell University and IPCC Working Group 2 author+
  • Toshihiro Hasegawa, National Agricultural and Food Research Organization and IPCC Working Group 2 author+
  • Aditi Mukherji, International Water Management Institute and IPCC Working Group 2 author+
  • Moderator: Margaret Douglas, Dickinson College*

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Coffee Break

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be served in the lobby of the Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium.

Use the opportunity to talk with speakers and other symposium attendees.


3:00 – 4:00 pm: Cities and Climate Change

Exploration of climate risks, adaptation, mitigation, resilience, and equity in cities.

  • Karen Seto, Yale School of the Environment and IPCC Working Group 3 author*
  • Debra Roberts, eThekwini Municipality and IPCC Working Group 2 Co-Chair*
  • Timon McPherson, The New School and IPCC Working Group 2 author*
  • Moderator: Wei Ren, Dickinson College*

4:15 – 5:15 pm: How Dickinson Achieved Zero Net Carbon Emissions

Dickinson College reached zero net carbon emissions in 2020, a goal set in 2009. What actions contributed to reaching this goal? What challenges were encountered? What were the financial consequences? What happens next?  

  • Ken Shultes, Dickinson College*
  • Darren Cassel, The Stonehouse Group*
  • Matt Steiman, Dickinson College Farm* 
  • Lindsey Lyons, Dickinson College*
  • Moderator: Lindsey Lyons*

Wednesday, October 26, 2022


 


9:00 – 10:00 am: Climate Action in Higher Education

What are the responsibilities of colleges and universities for advancing responsible action on climate change? What have they done? What more is needed?

  • Tim Carter, President, Second Nature+
  • Debra Rowe, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development+
  • Bryan Alexander, Georgetown University*
  • Moderator: Ken Shultes, Dickinson College* 

10:00 - 10:30 am: Coffee Break

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be served in the lobby of the Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium.

Use the opportunity to talk with speakers and other symposium attendees.


10:30 – 11:20 am: Teaching Climate Change in the Liberal Arts Curriculum

What are the purposes of educating undergraduate students about climate change? What knowledge, skills, values, and dispositions should our students learn? What are effective methods of learning that support engagement with positive actions? What challenges inhibit learning and engagement?

  • Jorden Hayes, Dickinson College*
  • Kristin Strock, Dickinson College*
  • Emily Pawley, Dickinson College*
  • Tony Underwood, Dickinson College*
  • Moderator: Emily Pawley, Dickinson College 

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Social, Economic and Technological Transformations

What social, economic, and technological transformations are needed and feasible for creating a low or zero carbon future? What policies and actions can help drive these changes?

  • Gabriel Blanco, National University of the Center of the Buenos Aires Province and IPCC Working Group 3 author
  • Sivan Kartha, Stockholm Environment Institute – USA and IPCC Working Group 3 author
  • Rachel Cleetus, Union of Concerned Scientists* 
  • Moderator: Forrest Watson, Dickinson College*

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Coffee Break

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be served in the lobby of the Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium.

Use the opportunity to talk with speakers and other symposium attendees.


3:00 – 4:00 pm: Just Transitions

What are the characteristics of socially just transitions to a low-carbon, climate resilient future? What measures are needed to assure that social justice and equity are advanced through climate action?

  • Fatima Denton, United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa and IPCC Working Group 3 author*
  • Lisa Schipper, Environmental Change Institute and IPCC Working Group 2 author+
  • Benjamin Preston, RAND and IPCC Working Group 2 author*
  • Moderator: Rev. Yvette Davis, Dickinson College* 

4:30 – 4:50 pm: Keynote: Critical Findings from the IPCC for International Climate Negotiations

Dr. Hoesung Lee, Chair, IPCC

The IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report presents updated scientific, technical and socioeconomic knowledge on climate change, its impacts, future risks, and response options that are relied upon by myriad actors working to limit climate risks and prevent dangerous interference with the climate system. Critical findings from the report that are important for the work of negotiators at November’s 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be highlighted.


4:50 – 6:00 pm: Climate Action & Policy from Local to Global Scales

What are the opportunities for ambitious and equitable climate action locally, nationally, and internationally? What are the roles of the scientific community, local and national governments, the private sector, and the international community for mobilizing meaningful action at these different scales? 

  • Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania (invited*)
  • Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston and Chair of Climate Mayors Network
  • Ko Barrett, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (invited*) 
  • Fatima Denton, United Nations University (invited*) 
  • Moderator: TBD