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MONDAY OCT 11 2021

S C I E N C E ,  S O V E R E I G N T Y  &  T H E  S A C R E D

E M E R G E N T   S T R A T E G I E S  &   E P I S T O M O L O G I E S   F O R   S U C C E E D I N G   I N  A N  E M E R G E N C Y

 green hand holding plant   Cecilia Calvo   Deb Morrison   

monday headliners: 7am (KABUL); 8am (INDIGENOUS TRUDELL); 

9:15am (JESUIT PANEL I); 10:30am (JESUIT PANEL II) (this might be also Wed 4pm); 

11:45am (tUrn5 Director's Welcome); 1pm (Climate Reports en Español);



6pm (FIRE/DROUGHT & FED POLICY), and; climate action power hour is 8-9pm

each headliner is on zoom and has a unique RSVP/zoom link.

11 OCT 

MONDAY 7:00—7:45 AM    INTERNATIONAL SESSION | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN                                              

Standing with Kabul:

Introducing EVN, the Environmental Volunteer Network of Afghanistan

with Kristin Kusanovich & Abdulhadi Achkazar

This session features EVN, and explains how through their partnership with tUrn, they are creating their own tUrn week in Afghanistan Oct 11-15. EVN, a non-political NGO, is working to improve the environment in Afghanistan for all. Learn about their air, water, biking and education campaigns, and witness the extraordinary strides they are taking to help people in all regions of the country understand sustainability.

  RSVP HERE  for STANDING WITH KABUL  7 AM Pacific (GMT -7) & 6:30 PM AFG time


11 OCT

MONDAY  8:15—8:45 AM      PHILOSOPHY  | HONORING INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY                                               

Honoring the life of John Trudell [video presentation]

"All you must do is remember"

John Trudell was a Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. He was the spokesperson for the United Indians of All Tribes' takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969, broadcasting as Radio Free Alcatraz. During most of the 1970s, he served as the chairman of the American Indian Movement. Listening to his words from the past, in light of the climate crisis that is upon us, allows us to enter the week with a sense of awe and wonder, and respect.

In this short session we will spend a few moments witnessing an Indigenous leader's poetic vision and reflect on it through a simple creative writing exercise.

"honor sky and earth, honor yourself, honor your relations"

(video presentation of his words and music and simple reflection exercise)

   RSVP HERE  for JOHN TRUDELL TRIBUTE 8:15-8:45AM Pacific (GMT -7)


11 OCT


The North American Jesuit Conference Office of Justice & Ecology COP26 Group is featured in two Monday morning panels in tUrn week

The Crux of the Crisis (Panel I):

A new era of standing with water protectors  

With Cecliia Calvo, Moderator

tUrn welcomes the Jesuit Conference of North America Office of Justice & Ecology COP26 Working Group, for a panel curated by Cecilia Calvo focused on faith, justice and Jesuit/Catholic Ecological Networks, in the lead-up to Novembers United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, UNCCCOP or COP.

More details of speakers and topics coming soon.

RSVP HERE  for JESUIT CONF PANEL I    9:15 AM Pacific (GMT -7) & 12:15 PM EST



The Crux of the Crisis (Panel II): 

Immigration and Climate Refugees

With Cecilia Calvo, Moderator

tUrn welcomes the Jesuit Conference of North America Office of Justice & Ecology COP26 Working Group, for a panel curated by Cecilia Calvo focused on faith, justice and Jesuit/Catholic Ecological Networks, in the lead-up to Novembers United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, UNCCCOP or COP.

More details of speakers and topics coming soon.

CECILIA CALVO is the Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice of the Office of Justice and Ecology of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States. Calvo is an expert on environmental issues, including climate change, children’s health and natural resource policy, and has worked domestically and internationally to help respond to these challenges. Her passion for the social justice dimensions surrounding environmental concerns stems from the impact of environmental degradation on the lives, health, and rights of poor and vulnerable people. Previously, Calvo worked at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where she coordinated the education, outreach and advocacy efforts of the USCCB Environmental Justice Program. In this capacity, she played a key role in the promotion of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ to further dialogue, understanding and reflection on ways to live out this landmark papal teaching. Her prior experience also includes research and analysis of environmental and natural resource issues in Latin America; work in the field of mediation and conflict resolution; and management of environmental programs at Target Corporation. Calvo holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy with a concentration in international environment and resource policy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and Spanish from Wellesley College.  

RSVP HERE  for JESUIT CONF PANEL II    10:30AM Pacific (GMT -7) & 1:30 PM EST


11 OCT


Writing the 5th Act & tUrn5:

The storyline is ours to shape

with Kristin Kusanovich, Director of tUrn

Kristin Kusanovich, (Santa Clara University Theatre & Dance and Child Studies,) decided to start tUrn to create the time, the space and the social permission to talk about the climate crisis. Her training in interdisciplinary studies, intercultural leadership, international collaborations, and intergenerational dialogue has helped to shape the ethos of the biannual (October and April) project. Over one hundred partners are on board, offering the headliners that are the featured events of each tUrn week, or sharing new climate action resources, or working behind the scenes as students, or as faculty/staff climate crisis research group members or as global council members. It's all one big choreographed effort, and so far, over 4000 people have participated.

Come learn about the 5th ever tUrn week and how we are in a position to write the 5th act of a 5-act play even given the extraordinary creative limits we now face.

  RSVP HERE  for WRITING THE 5TH ACT & tUrn5 12:00-12:45 PM Pacific (GMT -7)


11 OCT


IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: UN Climate Reports en español


Understanding the August 2021 report and what it means for climate action now

From the IPCC reports in Spanish and English:

El cambio climático es generalizado, rápido y se está intensificando - IPCCGINEBRA Aug 9

Según el último informe del Grupo Intergubernamental de Expertos sobre el Cambio Climático (IPCC), publicado hoy, los científicos están observando cambios en el clima de la Tierra en todas las regiones y en el sistema climático en su conjunto. Muchos de los cambios observados en el clima no tienen precedentes en miles, sino en cientos de miles de años, y algunos de los cambios que ya se están produciendo, como el aumento continuo del nivel del mar, no se podrán revertir hasta dentro de varios siglos o milenios.

Sin embargo, una reducción sustancial y sostenida de las emisiones de dióxido de carbono (CO2) y de otros gases de efecto invernadero permitiría limitar el cambio climático. Aunque las mejoras en la calidad del aire serían rápidas, podrían pasar entre 20 y 30 años hasta que las temperaturas mundiales se estabilizasen, según el informe del Grupo de Trabajo I del IPCC, Cambio Climático 2021: Bases físicas, aprobado el viernes por los 195 gobiernos Miembros del IPCC, en una reunión de aprobación celebrada en formato virtual a lo largo de dos semanas y que empezó el 26 de julio.

Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifyingIPCC GENEVA, Aug 9

Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, released today. Many of the changes observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of years, and some of the changes already set in motion—such as continued sea level rise—are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.

However, strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases would limit climate change. While benefits for air quality would come quickly, it could take 20-30 years to see global temperatures stabilize, according to the IPCC Working Group I report, Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis, approved on Friday by 195 member governments of the IPCC, through a virtual approval session that was held over two weeks starting on July 26

A participatory session for those who would like to read or just listen to some of the UN reports in spanish and English, and learn more about what the majority of the world's leading climate scientists are saying.




11 OCT



The Akimel O'otham (River People) and Ecological Stewardship                     

Shannon Rivers, a member of the Akimel O’otham (River People).

For the Akimel O'otham or River People, the history and story of water is also the history and story of deprivation, theft, and the impact of the loss of water for their people. This keynote presentation will include critical insights about today's use of water and the role Indigenous Peoples play in ecological stewardship.  

SHANNON RIVERS was born and raised on the Gila River Indian Community located in the southern state of Arizona of the United States. For nearly ten years Mr. Rivers was a delegate and participant at the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. In 2008 Shannon was selected as a Co-chair for the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus, holding the seat for two consecutive years. 

Currently, Mr. Rivers is Cultural Liaison with the Indian Health Center in San Jose and is a Native American Cultural/Spiritual Leader and advisor to the Indigenous inmate population(s) at the County, State and Federal Prison(s) in Arizona and Central California, providing spiritual and traditional guidance and healing to incarcerated Native men and women. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Northern Arizona University, and a Masters in American Indian Studies from the University of California Los Angeles. Lastly, Shannon is a cultural ambassador for the O’otham Humackam (Peoples Nation) for the four O’otham Nations located in southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.

Co-Presented by SCU NACC Native American Coalition for Change and SCU ENACT Students for Environmental Justice.



11 OCT


Climate and Anti-oppression Design-based Research

with Deb Morrison, Washington University

An intersectional and whole systems-approach, Deb Morrison's anti-oppression design-based research and STEM pedagogy efforts can guide many educational institutions' efforts to foster science informed, justice-centered leadership, specifically in climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience efforts. Below are the guiding principles of her work, centers, and research:

  • All work is done with an inquiry stance (Cochran-Smith, 2010) building knowledge through cycles of carefully documented activity informed by theory (Praxis; Freire, 1970); such work is best done from a humble stance as learner.
  • Action should be informed by knowledge and when knowledge is gained there is a responsibility to take action (Praxis; Freire, 1970).
  • Justice is central and the focus of a given action is informed by specific positionalities, contexts, and collaborations (Tuck & Yang, 2016).
  • Climate change is the scientific, economic, political, and justice issue of our time.
  • Colonialism, and its' legacies, still operate in the world, causing injustices, and thus all action should actively be de-colonial (Tuck & Yang, 2016).
  • White supremacy lives in the world, as do other forms of intersectional oppression, and thus all action should actively work against racism (Tuck & Yang, 2016). 

DEB MORRISON is a climate and anti-oppression activist, scientist, learning scientist, educator, mother, locally elected official, and many other things besides.

"I share this narrative knowing that all of us are products of our past and the world in which we are situated. We all have histories, connections, and culture that influence our actions, beliefs and assumptions about the world. I too am a result of where I have been, what I have experienced, and the people who have been central to my life and inspired me in the work I do in the world. It is through the transparency of these lived experiences that we come to know each other better, to trust, and to build towards a better future. I work towards this future with a grounding in respect, compassion, and cooperation of all who contribute to our rich community cultural wealth."



11 OCT


Just not enough or not just enough?

Water distribution under climate change

with Iris Stewart-Frey

Case studies and discussion on the equity of sharing water resources in California as water resources grow scarce and demand grows. How can we think about equity and what are potential solutions? We'll start in California, but expand to other regions.

IRIS STEWART-FREY is a professor of environmental science with a specialty in hydroclimate research in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University.  Her research examines the impact of climate variability and change on water resources using models, and spatial & statistical analysis. She also uses a community-based approach to connect science findings to issues of justice in the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens.  Her recent projects investigate  (i) recent and future impacts of climate warming on water resources, (ii) the impact of climate change across Central America on food and water security, (iii) water justice in Northern California, and (iv) the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens in Silicon Valley. Professor Stewart-Frey has published articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of the Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative at SCU, a co-organizer of the Northern California Network for Community-Academic Partnerships for Environmental Justice Teaching and Research, and a Science Advisor to the Tuolumne River Trust,



11 OCT


Hotter, Drier & on Fire:

U.S. Bipartisan and reconciliation bills

If you are on the west coast of the U.S. you understand how unsettling it is. Learn about the heat, the drought and the fires from a scientist journalist.  Get critical updates on federal moves regarding climate & energy infrastructure, jobs, and more. For people looking for an overview of climate policy in the U.S. at this present moment, Mr. Nuccitelli, a Research Coordinator for the grassroots climate nonprofit Citizens' Climate Lobby, will deliver a fact-filled and compelling compendium.

DANA NUCCITELLI is an environmental scientist, climate journalist for Yale Climate Connections, and the author of Climatology versus Pseudoscience. He received the National Center for Science Education's Friend of the Planet Award in 2016 for his writing on climate change with The Guardian.

RSVP HERE for HOTTER, DRIER & ON FIRE at 6:15PM Pacific (GMT -7)



 state capitol building with tUrn logoMONDAY 8—9 PM  REFLECTION & ACTION

student-led tUrn


happening Monday-Thursday at 8pm 

hosted by Emily Pachoud and Eemon Ghasemiyeh

Attended a Monday HEADLINER and want to meet reflect with others? 

RSVP below and meet at 8:00 PM to connect with others, and achieve concrete advocacy tasks together around the day’s themes and action items – be guided in using on-line tools for climate advocacy and hang out with some like-minded climate leaders. Assisted by Kimber Wood, Chanel Bullock, Gloria Karekezi, & Sarah Dannon.

Help build a small community to drawdown global warming one choice, one advocacy strategy, and one civic engagement move at a time.

RSVP for ANY CLIMATE ACTION POWER HOUR (it's the same link Mon-Thurs...come to all 5 power hours...different advocacy tasks and ideas at each!)