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  • 9:15-10:15 AM
    Oct 10
    Demystifying Global Warming: An astrophysicist’s explanation of our warming planet

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    with Jeffrey Bennett

    moderated by Dean Daniel Press, College of Arts & Sciences and Pascale Wojcik, tUrn

    One fiery planet in our solar system is enough! Learn how to keep the Earth from turning into a second one. Bring the entire class, family, neighborhood, or group for an accessible overview of the situation and the solutions we have in hand. A Climate Reality talk by a popular children’s science and math education book author and an extraordinary presenter.

    Co-presented with the SCU Department of Physics.

  • 10:30-11:15 AM
    Oct 10
    The Renewable Energy of Collectivism: Seven ways to forge a better future

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    Director’s Welcome to tUrn7 with Kristin Kusanovich

    moderated by Emily Pachoud, tUrn

    In this interactive talk, participants will have time to reflect on seven ways to meet the climate crisis with open eyes and open hearts and then to potentially forge a world where our children’s children might “be whole again without confusion” (Frost).

    Join tUrn director Kristin Kusanovich as we embark on the 7th ever interdisciplinary, intercultural, intergenerational and international tUrn climate crisis awareness and action week, at SCU, and around the world.

  • 11:45-12:45 PM
    Oct 10
    Apology or Apologia? Native American & First Nations Peoples’ Climate Crises

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    Indigenous Keynote with Shannon Rivers, Akimel O’otham

    moderated by Kristin Kusanovich and Emily Pachoud, tUrn

    Shannon Rivers, member of the Akimel O’otham (River People) of the territory known as Arizona, and Director of Programming for the American Indian Resurgence initiative in Los Angeles, shares notes from resilient people familiar with climates in crisis. He explains how privileged, land-”owning” people can resist replaying and further enshrining their own settler, colonial narratives, narratives that have oppressed many Indigenous peoples and harmed the Earth’s capacities to maintain a life-supporting balance.

    What role do acknowledgements, such as Pope Francis' recent historic statement to Canada's First Nations peoples, and further actions play in the reparations process? How do frontline communities and the whole earth benefit when colonizers and their descendants move past mere apologias?

    Co-presented with the Office of Multicultural Learning

  • 1:00-2:00 PM
    Oct 10
    Disability and Climate Justice: What one fourth of the population has to offer to the environmental discourse

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    with Molly King, Department of Sociology; and Emily Pachoud, tUrn

    Disability is widespread: one in four Americans and over one billion people worldwide have a disability. This session will discuss how disability relates to perceptions of climate-related risk and adaptations to climate-related events. We introduce a critical realist model of climate justice to understand the relationships between the environmental features that disable, risk perception and information seeking, and adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how people with disabilities cope with climate change and the importance of integrating them into climate action and policy.

  • 3:30-4:30 PM
    Oct 10
    tUrn en Español: Realidad Climática Hoy

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    Con Pedro-Andrés Sánchez-Gutiérrez y Valeria Horton

    Los informes del IPCC muestran que estamos calentando el planeta a un ritmo que será devastador para la vida en la Tierra a menos que reduzcamos las emisiones. Incluso deteniendo todas las emisiones hoy, pasarán décadas antes de que podamos esperar doblar la curva, pero debemos doblarla. Únase nos para una presentación de la realidad climática que resume las causas, los desafíos y las soluciones que tenemos y debemos promulgar. Infórmese sobre la cumbre climática internacional de la juventud que tendrá lugar en la COP27 en noviembre. Esta sesión es solo en español.

    The IPCC reports show that we are warming the planet at rates that will be devastating to life on Earth unless we curb emissions. Even stopping all emissions today, it will be decades before we can expect to bend the curve, but bend it we must. Join us for a climate reality presentation that summarizes the causes, the challenges, and the solutions we have and should enact. Find out about the international youth climate summit taking place at COP27 in November. This session is only in Spanish.

    Co-presented with the Office of Multicultural Learning

  • 6:00-7:15 PM
    Oct 10
    Is Overpopulation a Real Environmental Problem?

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    with Sage Lenier

    moderated by Emily Pachoud and Sarah Danon

    Disinformation about overpopulation abounds. Some say the root of our environmental problems is in India and China, countries with more than a billion people each. Others say that the fault lies with the United States and Europe, whose overconsumption steers the entire global supply chain.

    Sage Lenier addresses these arguments and urges us to make room for nuance in the conversation surrounding population growth. This talk will ultimately make a case for a global investment in education and family planning services to further gender equality, bodily autonomy, and basic human rights for all.

  • 8:00-9:00 PM
    Oct 10
    Climate Action Power Hour

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    Student Session with Emily Pachoud & tUrn Crew

    Reflect on the day, meet others, and be led through a short series of concrete climate justice actions in an atmosphere of supportive and committed people who have the courage to care. All SCU students are welcome. Just drop in.