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Climate Education

Speakers & Events

Each year, Dickinson hosts speakers and events that engage our campus and community in learning about climate change, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and sustainability-related topics. Following are some recent examples.

International Climate Symposium

In October 2022, Dickinson hosted Science-Based Choices for Climate Action: Insights from the IPCC 6th Assessment Report, a three-day symposium that brought IPCC scientists and other international and national experts to campus. During the symposium, the speakers and moderators engaged each other, our students, and other members of the audience in conversations about findings from the most recent reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, why they matter, and how they can be and are being used to mobilize more ambitious and equitable actions on climate change. The symposium was attended by both in-person and livestream audiences, with over 3000 people participating from 52 countries.

World-Wide Climate & Justice Teach-In

Dickinson has participated in the World-Wide Climate & Justice Teach-In three years running. The teach-in is a global initiative with hundreds of colleges and universities hosting events and thousands of people participating. In March 2021 and March 2022, Dickinson organized one-day teach-ins with multiple concurrent sessions to educate our campus and the Carlisle community about climate change, justice, and action. Some sessions were run by students, some by faculty and staff, some by Carlisle community members, and some by a mix. Some were held on campus and some were held in Bosler Memorial Library, a public library in Carlisle. All were well attended by Dickinson and Carlisle community members.

In 2022/2023, we expanded the teach-in to a year-long series of conversations: Let’s Talk Climate. The conversations are taking place every two to three weeks, with a variety of topics, formats, and facilitators. Each has been attended by 30 to 50 people.

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Sustainability Expo

On March 31, 2023, fifty student, college, and community organizations will be in Britton Plaza engaging the campus in activities and games to learn about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, including climate action, and how the organizations’ programs connect with and support the goals. The Expo will kick off Dickinson’s 3-week Campus EcoChallenge.

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Rose Walters Prize Winner Residencies

Dickinson awards the annual $100,000 Rose Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism to an individual or organization that has made a noteworthy impact in protecting the environment and advancing sustainability. Prize winners who have come to Dickinson for a multi-day residency that have focused on climate change include the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement, Armond Cohen of the Clean Air Task Force, Our Children’s Trust, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and author and activist Bill McKibben.

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