'Our Shared Reality' Theme of Climate Change Forum

Climate change and its effects on the natural and human environment will be explored in a variety of discussions, presentations and exhibitions during St. Lawrence University’s annual Climate Change Forum. The two-day event will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The theme of this year’s event is “Our Shared Reality.”

The forum will feature tours of St. Lawrence University's Sustainability Semester site, panel discussions featuring St. Lawrence and Clarkson faculty, and several artists workshops.

The Rev. Sally Bingham will deliver the keynote speech at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, in Eben Holden. As one of the first faith leaders to recognize global warming as a core moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship. Bingham serves as Canon for the Environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California and is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth published by St. Lynn’s Press in 2009. In 2012, she was awarded the Audubon Society’s Rachel Carson Award for her environmental leadership. 

Jeff Deyette will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Eben Holden. Deyette is the assistant director of energy research and a senior energy analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Deyette conducts analysis on the economic and environmental costs and benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. He co-authored the UCS book Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living as well as numerous UCS reports. He has also written for various renewable energy industry publications on the consumer, employment, and environmental benefits of increasing our renewable energy use.

There also will be three "Arts for the Earth" sessions during the forum. The first will be a nature walk and poetry session that will begin 4 p.m. at the main entrance to Appleton Arena. Led by Assistant Professor of English Sarah Barber and Jacqui Colt '15, the walk invites students, faculty and staff to explore new ways to experience nature and express oneself. The second will take place at 8:30 p.m. in the Winston Room at Sullivan Student Center. Students are invited to celebrate their creativity and love for nature with pizza and poetry. The final "Arts for the Earth" session will conclude the Climate Change Forum with posters, art, music and pizza at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Winston Room.

Check out the full schedule for the conference.

For more information, contact Karen Smith at 315-229-5595.