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Teach-In Events

2015 Teach-In:

Cumnock Hall was packed with over 500 participants for the October 7, 2015 Climate Change Teach-In - "Setting Records (Straight): Our changing climate & record-setting extreme weather. Is it time to set the record straight and move towards solutions?" Featuring: Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D., Harvard University.

Naomi Oreskes is one of the world’s leading historians of science and is co-author of The Collapse of Western Civilization and Merchants of Doubt, which inspired a current documentary of the same name. In 2015 Oreskes wrote the introduction to Pope Francis's "Encyclical of Climate Change and Inequality." She has won numerous prizes for her work and written Op-Ed pieces in the "Washington Post," the "Los Angeles Times," and the "San Francisco Chronicle," as well as providing expert testimony to the U.S Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.


2014 TEACH-IN:

"Taking the High Ground: Real Actions to Address Global Climate Change"

Find out what leading experts on climate change, communication, and policy are saying about our choices today and our world tomorrow. Add your voice to the discussion on our campus, in our community, and beyond.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Bruce Anderson, Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University. Scientist researching global and regional climate variability and change.

Dr. John Sterman, Professor, MIT's Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group. Leading expert in system dynamics of climate change and sustainability, systems thinking and organizational learning, and computer simulation of complex systems.

Joseph Curtatone, six-term Mayor of Somerville, Mass. A champion of sustainability, Curtatone has introduced and supported initiatives including a net-zero emissions goal for the city by 2050. Mayor Curtanone's reforms have earned the city distinctions by regional and national organizations, including the designation by The Boston Globe as “the best-run city in Massachusetts."


2013 TEACH-IN:

"Too Late for What? Real Choices on a Changing Planet" Find out what leading experts on climate change impacts, activism, and policy are saying about our choices today and our world tomorrow. Add your voice to the discussion on our campus, in our community, and beyond.

Also featuring short films produced by UMass Lowell and Cambridge students, a research poster display and an open discussion of how to move UMass Lowell's Climate Action Plan into the future.

Speaker biographies:

  • Dr. Jennifer Francis, Research Professor, Institute for Coastal and Marine Science, Rutgers University. Dr. Francis co-founded and co-directed the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative and studies Arctic climate change and Arctic-global climate linkages.
  • Wen Stephenson, a writer and climate activist, is a contributor to Grist and the Boston Phoenix and has written about climate and culture for the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Slate.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Sawin, Co-Director of Climate Interactive. Dr. Sawin is a scientist, writer, teacher, and public speaker whose work for the past fifteen years has combined analysis with coaching, teaching and communication approaches that help people transform systems towards sustainability.

2012 TEACH-IN:

Nearly 500 participants attended the October 9 Teach-In, "Leaving Your Comfort Zone: a Scientist and a Journalist Take Risks to Address Climate Change" featuring Dr. Michael Mann, renowned climate scientist and author of "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines” and Eli Kintisch, reporter for Science magazine and author of "Hack the Planet: Science's Best Hope - or Worst Nightmare - for Averting Climate Catastrophe."

  • The Teach-In featured film shorts produced by UMass Lowell and Cambridge students.
  • Research Posters on Climate Change were available for viewing.
  • Live streaming was available to those who could not attend.
  • UMass Lowell students, faculty and staff and community members/agencies and high school students from Cambridge, Somerville, Dracut, Andover, Haverhill and Lowell attended.
  • Discussion groups followed on how to move UMass Lowell’s Climate Action Plan into the Future, Climate Change Science, Media & Climate Change, Transportation and Sustainability at UMass Lowell, The Difference Maker Program and Students Addressing Climate Change.

Teach-In Flyer
See the live coverage of the event.


2011 Teach-In

Over 400 participants attended the October 20 Teach-In, "Old Media, New Media: the Promise and Perils of Communicating Climate Change," Featuring Geoffrey Haines-Stiles, writer and producer of "Earth: The Operators Manual."
In case you missed the 2011 Teach-In, you can Watch the Video Stream, or view the UMass Lowell News Coverage.

Here are some highlights:

  • High School students from Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester-Essex, Cambridge and Haverhill got a glimpse of the UMass Lowell campus.
  • Everyone learned a bit more about core climate change science and sustainable energy solutions!
  • University Posters featured current research on Climate Change, societal impacts, alternative energy solutions, sustainable agriculture, and related topics.
  • Geoffrey Haines-Stiles was joined on stage by students from UMass Lowell and Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School, who had produced their own media pieces on climate change through the NASA-funded project.
  • A lively question and answer period followed the presentations.

2010 Teach-In

Video of 2010 Teach-In
Speakers at the Teach-In:

  • Niki Tsongas, U.S. Congresswoman
  • Jacqueline Moloney, Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Dr. William Moomaw, a leading expert on international climate change policy.
  • Dr. Kerry Emanuel, a leading climate scientist studying extreme events.
    Teach-In Presentation
  • Dr. Paul Kirshen, a Lead Author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and expert on flood risk assessment in New England and beyond.
    Teach-In Presentation
  • Craig Altemose, M.P.P., J.D. Coordinator, Students for a Just and Stable Future and founding member of the Leadership Campaign.
    Teach-In Questions

We would also like to thank all of those who attended the Teach-In. Your participation was a key aspect of this event. Thank you all for your continued support.

Comments and Reviews of 2010 Teach-In:

"Thanks for inviting me; I think is was a very worthwhile event…"
- Dr. Kerry Emanuel, member of the National Academy of Sciences

"…. congratulations again on a terrific event. I was honored to participate, and am excited to see what comes from it! "
-Craig Altemose, M.P.P., J.D. Coordinator, Students for a Just and Stable Future and founding member of the Leadership Campaign.

"Congrats on such a fine gathering in Lowell in the Teach-In. Very well done."
- Timothy Weiskel, Research Director, Cambridge Climate Research Associate

"…. great job today …. I think the talks and engagement were great and the organization superb. Really impressive job. Thanks for all that you have done."
-Dr. Joel Tickner, Associate Professor, School of Health and Environment, Department of Community Health and Sustainability

"Congratulations on Friday's well organized and informative event."
-Dr. David Turcotte, Research Professor, Economics Department and Center for Family, Work and Community

"This is what I want to see."
-Anonymous participant