Dickinson Hosts Three-Day International Climate Symposium

IPCC symposium

Hundreds attended the three-day symposium, aimed at keeping the latest climate-change knowledge at the fore. Photo by Dan Loh.

video by Joe O'Neill

Occasion also marks annual Rose-Walters Prize 

Over the past few days, Dickinson has hosted an international climate change symposium, Science-Based Choices for Climate Action: Insights from the IPCC 6th Assessment Report. The report is an annual study that assesses scientific, technological and socioeconomic information to provide policymakers with the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.

Authors of the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), policy makers and other experts engaged with students and others in the audience in conversations about findings from the assessment, why they matter and how they can be used to mobilize more ambitious and equitable actions on climate change.

“This truly is a world-class event,” says Neil Leary, director of Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education, noting that arranging for more than 50 climate-policy experts speak at the event took over a year of planning. “The caliber of people we’ve brought together here is really astounding.”

The symposium also celebrated the awarding of the 2022 Sam Rose '58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism to the IPCC in recognition of its important efforts

"The work of the IPCC aligns strongly with the mission and values of Dickinson,” says President John E. Jones III '77, P'11. “As an institution that is committed to working toward a world that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable, we are excited for this opportunity to share the IPCC’s critical work with the Dickinson community and the public.” 

In keeping with the theme of the event, Dickinson purchased carbon offsets for all speakers and attendees of the symposium. 

Neil Leary on the IPCC and International Climate Symposium at Dickinson College


Published October 26, 2022