For the second year in a row, Elmira College will join hundreds of colleges, universities, K-12 schools, and faith organizations from around the world in a conversation about climate solutions and climate justice during the Worldwide Climate Justice Teach-In on March 29.

The EC event is open to the public and will include panel discussions, a low-carbon meal, an Environmental Fair, a tour of the Sustainability House, and an Environmental Upcycle Flea Market. The panel discussions will include topics about climate justice and solutions, climate science, climate and health, climate and religion, and more.

“Last year’s inaugural event was a great success with about 400 students, faculty members, staff, and community members attending,” said Dr. Trevor Browning, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science. “This year, we’re again excited to discuss practical and equitable solutions to one of the largest environmental issues on Earth. Many of the world’s challenges are heightened by climate change, making this a topic that affects everyone. We hope our students and the community will learn and engage in a rich dialog that will leave them feeling motivated and inspired to make changes and help find solutions.”

Attendees can either join the panel discussions in person or virtually. The hour-long sessions will be at 10:20 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 3:35 p.m. EDT. The final session will include members of Elmira College’s Sustainability Committee, sharing the committee’s efforts to incorporate climate and sustainability across the campus, including strategic guidance to EC’s long-range planning.

“The panels are made up of Elmira College faculty, staff, alumni, and members of our larger community,” said Dr. Doc Billingsley, Assistant Professor of Anthropology. “While the event is part of a worldwide movement, it is designed in such a way that we can focus on what we can do at the local level to address this global challenge. We are excited for the opportunity to meet and learn from each other.”

The Environmental Fair will be from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Center and includes several hands-on demonstrations and vendors, including tables featuring Tanglewood Nature Center, EC student clubs, Crosswinds Farm & Creamery, and Muddy Fingers Farm. Parkhurst Dining Services has arranged a low-impact meal in the dining hall that will source local foods that require less energy to produce. All are welcome. Standard dining fees apply and can be paid by credit card or cash.

The Environmental Upcycle Flea Market will be from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Gannett-Tripp Library (GTL). The goal of the Market is to keep items out of landfills and give them a new life while raising money for the EC Environmental Club. Browse donated items and those left by students over the years, including bedding, clothing, toys, and small furniture items. Items are free but attendees can leave a donation in support of the EC Environmental Club.

This year, from 2:25 - 3:25 p.m., organizers added tours of the EC Sustainability House and Environmental Science Wing located on the EC campus.

Details about the Climate Teach-In at Elmira College will be posted on this event page. Check back frequently as more details will be added over time, including panel locations and virtual sign-in information.

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