Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Bill McKibben is founder and senior adviser emeritus of 350.org. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages. He’s gone on to write many more books, and his work appears regularly in periodicals from the New Yorker to Rolling Stone. He serves as the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he has won the Gandhi Peace Prize as well as honorary degrees from 19 colleges and universities. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes called the alternative Nobel, in the Swedish Parliament. Foreign Policy named him to its inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers. McKibben helped found 350.org, the first global grassroots climate campaign, and has organized on every continent, including Antarctica, for climate action. He played a leading role in launching the opposition to big oil pipeline projects, and the fossil fuel divestment campaign, which has become the biggest anti-corporate campaign in history, with endowments worth more than $15 trillion stepping back from oil, gas and coal. He stepped down as board chair of 350 in 2015, and left the board and stepped down from his volunteer role as senior adviser in 2020, accepting emeritus status. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors. In 2014, biologists credited his career by naming a new species of woodland gnat—Megophthalmidia mckibbeni–in his honor.
Clayton Carnes is currently the Principal at Manly State School (Elementary) in Brisbane, Australia. Clayton utilizes climate education and sustainability as a core aspect of the school’s curriculum. From 2010-2017, he was part of Microsoft’s 12-member International Advisory Panel for their Global Partners in Learning program. Mr. Carnes has also been recognized in the Australian Government Awards for Teaching Excellence for “Excellence by a Principal”, and was the Australian ICT Educator of the Year in 2011. Clayton was acknowledged by the Queensland Principal’s Association in 2014 with a Professional Award and was also a member of the Great Barrier Reef Education Advisory Group. Since 2011, Mr. Carnes has presented guest lectures to pre-service teachers in the Bachelor of Education university stream. He has also delivered keynote addresses on ICT leadership in schools in the UK, the US, Thailand, South Africa and Singapore. His commitment to environmental sustainability is evident everywhere in his schools with programs including worm farm, compost heap, solar water heating, water harvesting system, water sill filtration system, a working windmill, rainforest, fruit and vegetable patch, native bush food garden, banana plantation, barramundi tank, chickens, native bees, frog pond and butterfly house.
The last few decades, there has been an unprecedented rise in greenhouse gas concentrations resulting in increased temperatures throughout the planet. Effects of Climate Change include: the melting of the polar caps and resulting sea level rise, ocean acidification, increased tropical storm activity, loss of biodiversity, and forest fires (most recently evidenced by the forest fires throughout the continental west coast of the United States).
The CUNY Conference on Climate Change Education (C4E) is bringing together formal and informal educators throughout the world to discuss how best to inform the public about climate change. This free conference welcomes presentations/posters from K-12 educators, post-secondary institutions, informal educators, non-governmental organizations, and government agencies. Topics include Best Practices, Educational Research, Resources for Teaching Climate Change, Trends in Sustainable Education and Policy, Advances in Climate Science, and Student Projects.
“Education is and will be the most powerful tool for individual and social change, and we must do all that it takes to facilitate it.” – Shiv Nadar