Global Climate Action Symposium 2020

Banner for the 2020 Global Climate Action Symposium. The 2020 symposium is a free online event held on October sixth, seventh, and eighth. The event runs from 9 AM to 12 PM for each of the three days. The conference has three themes: ecosystems and climate, environmental justice, and green recovery in the context of covid 19. The symposium is a collaboration with the Atlanta consulates of Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Great Britain.

About

The second-annual Global Climate Action Symposium will bring together a wide range of experts to showcase climate change solutions informed by local and global scientists, engineers, business and policy experts, student leaders, and artists. Jointly sponsored by Georgia Tech and 6 European consulates during European Climate Diplomacy Week, the event will be held virtually, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a glance

Date/Time

Live events took place on October 6, 7, and 8th, 2020 from 9am - 12pm (EST)

Where

The 2020 symposium was a free, virtual event. Check back to watch recordings of the live event!

Schedule

Themes

  • October 6 Climate & Ecosystems
  • October 7 Environmental Justice & Climate Justice
  • October 8 COVID-19 & Green Recovery

Schedule of Events

October 6, 2020

Climate and Ecosystems

9:00 - 9:15am (EST)

Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:15am (EST)

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Jenny McGuire, Georgia Institute of Technology

10:15 - 10:30am (EST)

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:15am (EST)

Keynote

11:15 - 11:30am (EST)

11:30am - 12:00pm (EST)

Kendeda Eco-Commons Tour

Watch a recording of the Kendeda tour.

11:30am - 12:15pm (EST)

Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM) Exhibition

Watch a recording of the virtual ZKM exhibit.
"Critical Zones. Observatories for Earthly Politics", curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel with Bettina Korintenberg and Martin Guinard

October 7, 2020

Environmental Justice

9:00 - 9:15am (EST)

Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:15am (EST)

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Bernie Burgener, Greenhouse Accelerator

10:15 - 10:30am (EST)

Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:15am (EST)

Keynote

11:15 - 11:30am (EST)

Student Lightning Talks

11:30am - 12:00pm (EST)

Virtual Tour: West-Atlanta Watershed Alliance

Watch a recording of the West-Atlanta Watershed Alliance tour.

Virtual Exhibit: Art & Climate Justice

Watch a recording of the photography exhibit.

12:00pm (EST)

Collective Writing Workshop: “Where to land after the pandemic? A self-description experience”

October 8, 2020

COVID19 and Green Recovery

9:00 - 9:05am (EST)

Opening Remarks

9:05 - 10:05am (EST)

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Marcel Beukeboom, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Netherlands

10:05 - 10:15am (EST)

Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:15am (EST)

Keynote

Moderated by Vicki Arroyo, Georgetown Law, introduced by Heike Fuller, German Consulate General in Atlanta

11:15 - 11:30am (EST)

11:30 - 11:45am (EST)

Student Photography Awards

11:45am (EST)

Closing Remarks

  • Kim Cobb, Georgia Tech Global Change Program

Themes

Climate & Ecosystems

Earth’s ecosystems comprise a critical role in the climate system. Ecosystems are profoundly impacted by ongoing climate change, but they are also a key part of climate solutions. Learn the latest science around ecosystems and climate change, how ecosystems can provide effective tools for climate action, and the landscape for policies that will protect and enhance such ecosystem services for decades to come.

Environmental Justice & Climate Justice

Climate change is a human and civil rights issue. Environmental injustice, including ongoing and accelerating climate change impacts, disproportionately affect communities of color and low-income communities. Discussions in this theme will explore the intersection of racial justice and climate action through the lens of equity in our local communities, and expand to include discussion of equity at the International scale.

COVID-19 & Green Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered life on a global scale, exacerbating existing inequalities that have motivated urgent, large-scale policy interventions at the local to International scales. Explore emerging frameworks that advance climate action on the pathway to social and economic recovery from COVID-19, including emerging plans currently under development in Europe.

Student Photography & Art Contest

What does climate change look like to you? How is it affecting the world around you? Who are the winners and losers of climate change? We are looking for creative photos that raise awareness of the ever-increasingly urgent climate crisis and inspire Georgians to take action. Submission rules and guidelines are available here. The deadline for submissions is September 30th.

Collective Writing Workshop

The French philosopher Bruno Latour offers a tool for discernment in the form of eight concrete questions to ask: “Where to land after the pandemic?”. We invite a maximum of 12 people to participate in this workshop on October 7, who will share their observations with each other and an online audience. They will answer eight questions and bring their answers to the workshop. Learn more here.

Global Change Program; Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain; Atlanta Global Studies Center

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