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Climate Week at the Columbia Climate School

Columbia Climate School Climate Week 2021

September 20 – 26, 2021, is Climate Week in New York City. As this year’s official university partner, the Columbia Climate School is excited to offer a full lineup of online events and special content all week long.

Check back throughout Climate Week as we continue to add new content, including blog posts, podcast episodes, more events, and an interactive quiz to test your climate knowledge.

Special Events

All times NYC (ET). All events will be offered virtually.

Monday, September 20, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
ClimateShot: The agricultural innovation race to save our planet

Watch the video from this event here.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Andrew Revkin in Conversation with Kate Raworth and Roman Krznaric

Watch the video from this event here.

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors

Watch the video from this event here.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
China, the US and Climate Diplomacy: A Conversation with Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Watch the video from this event here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
The Role of Universities in Solving Our Climate Crisis

Watch the video from this event here.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Raising Ambitions for Food Systems and Climate Change by Uniting Science and Policy

Watch the video from this event here.

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Youth and Climate Justice Activism in NYC

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Careers in Environmental Justice

Watch the video from this event here.

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
What Trees Tell Us About Climate Change

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Growing Equitable Food Systems for a Changing Climate

Watch the video from this event here.

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Code Red: Vulnerability to Extreme Heat, Floods, and Displacement

Watch the video from this event here.

4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
State of Climate Education at NYC Department of Education

Thursday, September 23, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Poetry of Crises and Loss: A Conversation with Sudeep Sen

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, and UK Prime Minister Johnson’s Climate Finance Advisor for COP26

Watch the video from this event here.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Plan 2030: Pathway to Decarbonize Columbia University’s Campuses

Watch the video from this event here.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
From Grassroots to Policy: Government Action on Environmental Justice

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Road Ahead for the Electric Vehicle Market: Priorities, Challenges, and Insights

Watch the video for this event here.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Climate Policies for Economic Development

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Building a Circular Campus: Connecting the Dots Between Scope 3 Emissions, Circularity, and Justice (NYC Climate Week Panel at Barnard)

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
The Great Pivot: Climate Action and the Finance Sector

Watch the video from this event here.

Friday, September 24, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Reducing Climate Threats to Food Systems: Highlights from the First Columbia World Project

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Fair Winds & Following Seas: The Past, Present & Future of Offshore Wind

Additional Upcoming Climate Events

Tuesday, September 28 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Climate and Society: A Conversation with Anna Tsing

Friday, October 1 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
A Virtual Fireside Chat: Confronting the New Normal: How AI Can Help Us Prepare for A Changing Climate


Informative reads

You Asked: What’s the Best Way To Talk About Climate Change?
Elise Gout

Bitcoin’s Impacts on Climate and the Environment
Renee Cho

When Record-Breaking Is the Norm: Mitigating the Impacts of Extreme Rainfall Events in a Changing Climate
Kai Kornhuber, Mona Hemmati, and Andrew Kruczkiewicz

Columbia Pledges That All Future Campus Construction Will Be Fossil Free

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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