The New School’s Climate Week NYC Events Focus on Climate Crisis Resiliency, Corporate Sustainability, and Effects of the Paris AgreemenT



 

New York, September 15, 2021 -- The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center presents a series of online events for Climate Week NYC that focus on how the climate crisis is affecting the African diaspora, urban resiliency, corporate sustainability, the Paris Agreement and more. Hosted annually by international non-profit the Climate Group in conjunction with the United Nations, and in partnership with the COP26 and the City of New York, Climate Week NYC is a global opportunity to come together to accelerate climate action and assess progress ahead of COP26. 

WHEN: September 21-24, 2021

WHERE: All events are online.

EVENTS:

CLIMATE CRISIS RESILIENCY & THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 12:00PM to 1:30PM (EDT)

This Climate Week event focuses on the impacts of the climate crisis on people of African descent across the globe along with the topics of diasporic solidarity, how to build community in the face of multiple crises and how we build resiliency through these challenges. The event features speakers from different parts of the African Diaspora, including Botswana, The United States of America and Latin America.

Speakers
· Colette Pichon Battle, Founder and Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
· Pato Kelesitse, Founder of Sustain267, Host of the Sustain267 Podcast
· Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia, Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Scholar and Fellow at MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

Moderator
· Mike Harrington, Assistant Director, Tishman Environment and Design Center

HOODWINKED IN THE HOTHOUSE: EXAMINING FALSE CORPORATE SCHEMES BEING ADVANCED THROUGH THE PARIS AGREEMENT
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 5:00PM to 7:00PM (EDT)

Join an international panel of climate justice organizers and frontline community leaders in a discussion about the multi-billion dollar climate investments being promoted by fossil fuel industries and other disaster capitalists. From Net Zero Emissions and Carbon Capture to Nature-based Solutions, a number of neoliberal policy agendas and unproven, corporate techno-fixes continue to subsidize the expansion of fossil fuel industries, while further impacting communities on the frontlines of climate chaos.

Speakers
· Eriel Deranger, Indigenous Climate Action
· Jacqui Patterson, Chisholm Legacy Project
· Moñeka De Oro, Micronesia Climate Justice Alliance
· Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environment Network
 
Moderator
· Ananda Lee Tan, Justice Transition Alliance

RESILIENT URBAN FUTURES BOOK LAUNCH
Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:00PM to 6:30PM (EDT)
Join us for a roundtable discussion and launch of Resilient Urban Futures, a new book exploring the ways in which cities are profoundly impacted by climate change, and strategies for cultivating more resilient futures. Based on practical experience in participatory visioning in nine Latin American and U.S. cities, the volume provides tools for engaging urban communities in resilience strategies. Authors of this open access volume will discuss urban climate inequity, modeling and communicating the impact of extreme climate and weather, as well as visioning equitable, positive, and resilient futures.

Editors: Zoé A. Hamstead, David M. Iwaniec, Timon McPhearson, Marta Berbés-Blázquez, Elizabeth M. Cook, Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? DEBATING CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY IN THE ERA OF CLIMATE CRISIS
Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:00PM to 1:00PM (EDT)
How might we design business to allow for a socially just and ecologically sound society? This question will be at the heart of a panel discussion that will take place to celebrate launch of Parsons faculty Raz Godelnik’s new book Rethinking Corporate Sustainability in the Era of Climate Crisis - A Strategic Design Approach. The panelists will consider the current state of sustainability and new pathways for sustainability in business that go beyond what Godelnik calls “sustainability-as-usual.” They will be challenged to consider not only what changes are in need, but perhaps most importantly how to make them happen quickly and at scale.

Speakers
· Maxine Bédat, Director of New Standard Institute 
· Raz Godelnik, Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design
· Asheen Phansey, Co-founder and CEO of Eleven Radius
· Sesh Vedachalam, Associate Strategy Director at frog studio

Moderator
· Jen van der Meer, Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design, founder and CEO of Reason Street

To learn more and register for events, please visit the Climate Week Hub.

 

 

The Tishman Environment and Design Center, as part of The New School, is a university-wide center committed to fostering the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes. Following the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing, the Tishman Center serves as a hub for climate and environmental justice research and practice, with a specific focus on critical, participatory action-based research produced in collaboration with frontline, grassroots and community based organizations and coalitions. Through our collaborative efforts, we impact research, practice and policy.

Founded in 1919, The New School was established to advance academic freedom, tolerance, and experimentation. A century later, The New School remains at the forefront of innovation in higher education, inspiring more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students to challenge the status quo in design and the social sciences, liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. The university welcomes thousands of adult learners annually for continuing education courses and public programs that encourage open discourse and social engagement. Through our online learning portals, research institutes, and international partnerships, The New School maintains a global presence.

 

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