Bioneers Cleveland to Host Full-Day Sustainability and Vision Presentation at CSU
Green is a big color at Cleveland State University. Students and the community will be highlighting “green” as in “Sustainability “on April 11 with Green Advantage: Sustainability and Vision, a full day of presentations that showcase a number of initiatives at CSU, Northeast Ohio and nationally. The event is free of charge for CSU students and staff, as well as the broader community, who will be inspired by what is happening on campus and beyond.
The student-initiated day, sponsored by the CSU Student Environmental Movement, is in partnership with Bioneers Cleveland that has been bringing the outstanding speakers from the national Bioneers conference virtually to Cleveland for the past five years. The keynote speech will be given by Erin Huber, 2011 Cleveland State grad who has started Drink Tap, Drink Local that has included a water project in Uganda. She will introduce the DVD of Philippe Cousteau’s Bioneers talk, Continuing a Legacy: Building a Sustainable World in the 21st Century.
Other speakers via DVD include The Rights of Nature: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Natalia Green, Earth Jurisprudence; When Women are People…and Corporations Are Not: Why the First Inequality Will Also be the Last, Gloria Steinem, world-renowned writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist; Life’s Operating Manual, Dayna Baumeister, co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild and Institute; and The Real Food Challenge, Anim Steel, Director of National Programs at The Food Project.
Local presenters include Dr. Wendy Kellogg, Director, Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development Faculty Associate who will introduce a panel on women’s leadership; Steph Crow Hawk, Environmental Consultant; Torrey McMillan (Hathaway Brown) moderating a panel on Biomimicry with Peter Niewiarwoski (University of Akron); and Carlton Jackson (Tunnel Vision Hoops) on local food initiatives.
To start the day, Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland, will give an update on Sustainable Cleveland 2019, and students from the Citizens’ Leadership Academy will participate in Fast Track Jr., in which ideas for social entrepreneurship will be pitched for the audience to vote on. The students will be coached by CSU students and the winning idea will receive additional assistance in making it happen.
Conference chair is Mischelle Brown, Masters’ student in Philosophy, who was inspired by the Bioneers Cleveland event at Cuyahoga Community College in 2010. She has assembled a diverse student and organizational committee and hopes that the event will raise interest in what is already happening to make CSU a greener campus as well as to inspire more focus on sustainability.
The day will end at 4:30 p.m. with a no-host networking reception at Uno’s in the Student Union. Further information can be found by clicking here.
Registration at the door starts at 8:30 a.m.; the program will start promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Green Advantage, April 11, 2012
Come for the day or for an hour
8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome, Andrew Thomas, CSU xxxxxxxx
Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability for the City of Cleveland
9:15 a.m. Fast Track Jr., Carlton Jackson (Tunnel Vision Hoops), Brittany Coffin (2010 Fast Track Winner from Downspout Rain Garden), and Citizens Leadership Academy students who will pitch their ideas for building thriving communities for the audience to select the winning concept.
9:40 a.m. Keynote, Erin Huber, Director of Drink Local, Drink Tap, CSU Alum, ‘10
10:00 a.m. Continuing a Legacy: Building a Sustainable World in the 21st Century, Philippe Cousteau via DVD, CEO of EarthEcho International, Chief Ocean Correspondent for Discovery’s Animal Planet and CNN
11:00 a.m. The Rights of Nature: An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Natalia Green via DVD, Earth Jurisprudence; Local Presentation by Steph Crowhawk, Environmental Consultant
12:00 p.m Lunch on your own (Food Court, etc.)
1:00 p.m. When Women are People…and Corporations Are Not: Why the First Inequality Will Also be the Last, Gloria Steinem via DVD, world-renowned writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist. Local presentation by Dr. Wendy Kellogg and panel
2:00 p.m. Life’s Operating Manual, Dayna Baumeister via DVD, Co-founder of the Biomimicry Guild and Institute: Local Biomimicry Panel with Torrey McMillan (Hathaway Brown), Doug Paige (Cleveland Institute of Art), Peter Niewiarwoski
3:00 p.m. The Real Food Challenge, Anim Steel via DVD, Director of National Programs at The Food Project. Local Presentation by Carlton Jackson (Tunnel Vision Hoops)
4:00 p.m. Wrap-up
4:30 p.m. Networking Reception at Bar UNOS, CSU Student Center
For more information, click here.
By Karen L. Smith-Janssen
Colette Pichon Battle gave a December 2019 TEDWomen Talk on the stark realities of climate change displacement, and people took notice. The video racked up a million views in about two weeks. The attorney, founder, and executive director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) advocates for climate justice in communities of color. Confronted with evidence showing how her own South Louisiana coastal home of Bayou Liberty will be lost to flooding in coming years, the 2019 Obama Fellow dedicates herself to helping others still reeling from the impacts of Katrina face the heavy toll that climate change has taken—and will take—on their lives and homelands. Her work focuses on strengthening multiracial coalitions, advocating for federal, state, and local disaster mitigation measures, and redirecting resources toward Black communities across the Gulf South.
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'These Aren't Wildfires'<p>Sam Ricketts, who led climate policy and strategy for Governor Jay Inslee's 2020 presidential campaign, tweeted on September 11 that "These aren't wildfires. These are #climatefires, driven by fossil fuel pollution."</p><p>"The rate and the strength and the devastation wrought by these disasters are fueled by climate change," Ricketts told DW of fires that have burnt well over 5 million acres across California, Oregon, Washington State, and into neighboring Idaho. </p><p>In a two-day period in early September, Ricketts notes that more of Washington State burned than in almost any entire fire season until now, apart from 2015. </p><p>California, meanwhile, was a tinderbox after its hottest summer on record, with temperatures in Death Valley reaching nearly 130 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. It has been reported as the hottest temperature ever measured on Earth.</p>
<div id="29ad9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="8346fe7350e1371d400097cd48bf45a2"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="1306969603180879872" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">Drought-parched wetlands in South America have been burning for weeks. https://t.co/pjAKdFcKPg #Pantanal https://t.co/ImN2C5vwcp</div> — NASA Earth (@NASA Earth)<a href="https://twitter.com/NASAEarth/statuses/1306969603180879872">1600440810.0</a></blockquote></div><p>As evidenced by Australia's apocalyptic Black Summer of 2019-2020, fires are burning bigger and for longer, with new records set year-on-year. Right now, Brazil's vast and highly biodiverse Pantanal wetlands are suffering from catastrophic fires.</p>
#climatefires Started in Australia<p>Governor Inslee this month invoked the phrase climate fires for arguably the first time in the U.S., according to Ricketts.</p><p>But the term was also used as fires burnt out of control in Australia in late 2019. In the face of a 2000km (more than 1,200 miles) fire front, and government officials and media who <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/trump-climate-change-denial-emissions-environment-germany-fake-heartland-seibt/a-52688933" target="_blank">played down the link to climate change</a>, Greens Party Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and a friend decided that reference to bushfires was inadequate. </p><p>"We both just said, we've got to start calling them climate fires, that's what they are," the Australian Senator told DW.</p><p>Hanson-Young says scientists have been warning for decades that these would be the effects of global heating. "We've been told these kinds of extreme weather events and destruction is what climate change would look like, and it's right here on our doorstep," she said from her home state of South Australia — where by early September fire warnings had already been issued.</p><p>"Calling them climate fires was making it absolutely crystal clear. It is essential that there's no ambiguity," she said </p><p>Having deliberately invoked the term, Hanson-Young soon started to push it on social media via a #climatefires hashtag. </p>
How to Talk About the Urgency of Global Heating<p>The need to use more explicit language when talking about extreme weather events linked to climate change is part of a broader push to express the urgency of global heating. In 2019, activist Greta Thunberg tweeted that the term "climate change" did not reflect the seriousness of the situation. </p><p>"Can we all now please stop saying 'climate change' and instead call it what it is: climate breakdown, climate crisis, climate emergency, ecological breakdown, ecological crisis and ecological emergency?" she wrote. </p><p>"Climate change has for a long time been talked about as something that is a danger in the future," said Hansen-Young. "But the consequences are already here. When people hear the word crisis, they understand that something has to happen, that action has to be taken."</p><p><span></span>Some terms are now used in public policy, with state and national governments, and indeed the EU Parliament, declaring an official climate emergency in the last year. </p>
Words That Reflect the Science<p>But while the West Coast governors all fervently link the fires to an unfolding climate crisis, U.S. President Donald Trump continues to avoid any reference to climate. In a briefing about the fires, he responded to overtures by Wade Crowfoot, California's Natural Resources Secretary, to work with the states on the climate crisis by stating: "It'll start getting cooler. You just watch." Crowfoot replied by saying that scientists disagreed. Trump rejoined with "I don't think science knows, actually." </p><p>It was reminiscent of the anti-science approach to the coronavirus pandemic within the Trump administration, <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-admits-playing-down-coronavirus-risks/a-54874350" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">at least publicly</a>. Fossil fuel companies are also benefiting from his disavowal of climate science, with the Trump administration having <a href="https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-trumps-paris-climate-accord-exit-isnt-really-a-problem/a-51124958" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pulled out of the Paris Agreement</a> and reopened fossil fuel infrastructure like the Keystone XL pipeline. </p><p>But the science community has responded, with Scientific American magazine endorsing Trump's Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden, the first presidential endorsement in its 175-year history. </p><p>Hanson-Young says the use of explicit language like climate fires has also been important in Australia due to the climate denialism of politicians and the press, especially in publications owned by Rupert Murdoch. As fires burnt out much of Australia's southeast coast, they were commonly blamed on arson — a tactic also recently used in the U.S.</p>
Climate Rhetoric Could Help Decide Election<p>The language of climate has begun to influence the U.S. presidential election campaign, with Democratic nominee Joe Biden labelling President Trump a "climate arsonist."</p><p>Biden is touting a robust climate plan that includes a 2050 zero emissions target and a return to the Paris Agreement. Though lacking the ambition of The New Green Deal, it has been front and center of his policy platform in recent days, at a time when five hurricanes are battering the U.S. Gulf Coast while smoke blanketing the West Coast spreads all the way to the East. </p><p>People are experiencing the climate crisis in a visceral way and almost universally relate to the language of an emergency, says Ricketts. "They know something is wrong."</p>
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