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CONVERSATIONS - Climate Justice and Environmental Citizenship

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

133 S. 36th Street, Auditorium (Lower Level)
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
Free and open to the public / Food provided

Co-sponsors: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Paideia Program at PennStudent Sustainability Association at Penn, Climate Reality Project at Penn, Fossil Free Penn, and Penn Eco Reps.

PLEASE JOIN THE MITCHELL CENTER AND THE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS ASSOCIATION AT PENN for the first CONVERSATIONS event, "Climate Justice and Environmental Citizenship," which will center on the role of government regulations in promoting environmental citizenship. A panel of esteemed local and federal climate educators, specialists, advocates, activists, and scholars will engage in a robust dialogue with each other and with members of Penn student groups to explore issues surrounding sustainability, the climate, and our built environment.

The panel will grapple with difficult and important questions. Does taking climate change seriously mean taking democracy more seriously? How does the influence of donations and lobbying from oil, coal, and fossil fuel corporations affect the state of our democracy? Will climate change destroy democracy? How will decarbonizing the U.S. economy translate into a massive boost to the international project of preventing runaway climate change? What are the implications to consider for a generational investment in planning and design to reshape the social and physical landscape of the U.S.?

In addition to numerous student groups at Penn, the event will include the following speakers:

MITCH CHANIN 350 Philadelphia
FELÍQUAN CHARLEMAGNE Youth Climate Strike founder
CHAD FORCEY Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Conservative Energy Forum
PETER HANDLER Citizens Climate Lobby & artist
DR. ANDREW HUEMMLER Sr. Lecturer, Penn Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
SABIRAH MAHMUD Youth Climate Strike PA State Lead Organizer
GABRIELLA MARCHESANI Florida Lead, Youth Climate Strike
DR. ELLEN NEISES Landscape Architect and Executive Director of PennPraxis
DR. ERIC ORTS Wharton Professor and Director of the Penn Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership
MEENAL RAVAL 350 Philadelphia