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   Woman in hard hat and word FIGHT 




Jean Ponder Soto | Robert Dueweke | Chad Raphael | Ed Maurer | Erin Zimmerman | Susan von Konsky | Emily Pachoud | Bryce Ferguson | Nick McCreary





COOKING TODAY                    

The Forge Garden pressents today's cooking challenge: GENERATING ZERO WASTE. 

COUNTING TODAY                   

tUrn THURSDAY Challenge: Try to locate 5 different petitions about climate related advocacy online and sign if you wish. Perhaps you are in a position to consider a small donation today to one of the organizations that you wish to support. Email with the 5 URLs and names of the organizations you find and the most important issue of the five to you. Send your current address. A mystery seed pack will be mailed to you as thanks for taking that step.


10:30 AM–12:00 PM           

HEAD, HEART & HANDS: The Harmony of Wisdom

Right Relationships, Green Relationships, Laudato Si’ & the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Featuring U.N. Delegate Jean Ponder Soto & U.N. Permanent Representative Robert Dueweke, OSA

This session was developed especially for tUrn by DR. JEAN PONDER SOTO (U.N. Delegate, SCU Faculty), and DR. ROBERT DUEWEKE, OSA, (Permanent Representative at the UN). Dr. Soto and Dr. Dueweke are international presenters, educators, and members of the Augustinian International United Nations U.S. Delegates Group, and they were a formative part of tUrn Year 1 with their session entitled "The World Agrees" co-moderated by Sophie Nguyen (SCU, '20)

This duo re-tUrn this year with a new "Head, Heart & Hands" session. Jean and Bob share their depth of insight and subtle analysis of why right relationships need to take primacy over other, former, unsuccessful ways of being. They also build on the experience of our Wednesday marathon reading of Laudato Si' and share ways in which Laudato Si' by Pope Francis attempts to restore us to that very balance. Their long standing education work with the U.N. 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which "the world (minus one country at present) agrees" are the only set of shared goals we need, always infuse their talks with a global awareness and social solidarity. Finally, the concept of green relationships, an outgrowth of Dr. Soto's research and teaching on green sex and green intimacy, will help us understand how these universal dimensions of human connectedness can create effects on larger ecosystems. The care for one's own self, the care for the "thou" of Buber's "I-thou" it turns out, can shape, determine and transform how we ultimately care for our earthly and only home. 

Jean and Bob are members of the global advisory council for tUrn.

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3:00–4:00 PM             

JUST TRANSITION: How Can We Work for Climate Justice?

Featuring SCU Professors Chad Raphael (Communication) & Ed Maurer (Civil, Environmental & Sustainable Engineering)

Thrilled that this team re-tUrns this year representing the important work of SCU's Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative in creating pathways and partnerships with underserved community groups and individuals. EJCG works to educate people about the need for a just transition, which is an equity-minded framework for mitigating the ongoing and accelerating climate crisis for those most vulnerable to its worst impacts. 

DR. CHAD RAFAEL and DR. ED MAURER are also co-facilitators of the tUrn Climate Crisis Research Group. They will discuss climate justice, community-based participatory research, and how we could apply the Climate Justice Alliance’s Just Transitions Principles and Strategies in our research, learning and activism. 

ED MAURER holds a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters in Civil Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. Following 18 years of various consulting and research work, he joined Santa Clara University’s Civil Engineering department in 2003, where he teaches courses in hydraulics, hydrology, water resources, GIS, and sustainability. His professional experience includes work in municipal water supply and wastewater engineering, climate change impacts, western tribal water rights, and rural community water supply projects in Latin America. His recent research contributions involve modeling large scale hydrologic dynamics, improving long- lead forecasting, and studying regional impacts of climate change, especially on water. He has published numerous reports and peer-reviewed journal articles on assessing the impact of climate change on water resources from river basin to regional scales.

CHAD RAPHAEL (B.A., Harvard; Ph.D., Northwestern) consults on communication campaigns for environmental organizations, and has chaired the boards of two environmental justice organizations: the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.  He recently wrote a guide to community-engaged research for environmental justice, which he is expanding into a book, and published a research agenda for engaged environmental communication research.  His prior research on political communication encompasses environmental communication, news and politics, deliberative democracy, and games for civic learning. Chad co-authored Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity (Cambridge University Press) and wrote Investigated Reporting: Muckrakers, Regulators, and the Struggle over Television Documentary (University of Illinois Press), which won three awards for best book of the year in his field. He has published in numerous journals in communication, political science, and education, frequently co-authoring articles with undergraduate students.  Chad has also chaired the Communication Department, as well as committees that designed Santa Clara’s Core Curriculum and that helped draft the University’s Strategic Plan, and he led a task force on greening the International Communication Association.

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5:00–6:00 PM                 

OUR ENVIRONMENT IN FLAMES: Pandemic, Politics, and New Deals

with CLIMATE REALITY LEADER and Political Scientist Erin Zimmerman

ERIN ZIMMERMAN received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2013. She has been an environmental advocate for the past decade and is currently a Climate Reality Leader with the Climate Reality Project, an NGO founded by former Vice President Al Gore to push for systemic change to fight the climate crisis. Erin is a member of the Santa Clara County Chapter and Co-director of their education-focused Speakers’ Bureau. She was previously an Executive Board Member of Action Together - Zurich, a group of politically focused expatriates in Switzerland dedicated to getting American’s abroad involved in the legislative process. She is also an Associate at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (based in Hamburg, Germany) where she continues to publish academic papers on non-traditional security and emerging forms of governance. 

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7:00–8:30 PM                 


Featuring TEDxLosGatos curator Susan von Konsky and Moderator Nick McCreary, Director of Sustainability Creighton, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Countdown is a global initiative of TED INTERNATIONAL to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. Join TEDxLosGatos curator Susan von Konsky for an evening of fast-paced, cutting-edge, thoughtful inspirations to carry us through this pivotal decade.

SUSAN VON KONSKY has a political science degree from Wellesley College and an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. She contributes to the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and she blogs at Why It Matters. Her essays tackle the human side of a wide variety of complex topics, exploring how society's greatest challenges are also deeply personal. She is currently the license holder, curator, and executive producer for TEDxLosGatos. Susan is a member of the global advisory council for tUrn.

NICK MCCREARY is the Director of Sustainability at Creighton University. Nick studied geology, political science, and philosophy a DePauw University. It was at DePauw, where he began working on campus sustainability issues - as a senior, he initiated a recycling program for campus tailgating events. In graduate school, he worked in the Office of Sustainability at Saint Louis University. For the last three years, he has served as the Sustainability Coordinator at Indiana State University.

We are pleased to be partnering with TEDxLosGatos and SUSTAINABIILTY CREIGHTON, our newest Jesuit University tUrn PARTNER!

  TED humans unite  
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1: Fight Rising Sea Levels by Artist Josh DeWare

2: Project Drawdown artful rendition of top 100 solutions to drawing down global warming.



tUrn HEADLINERS take a look at climate crisis from various academic, disciplinary and practitioner perspectives and help develop an awareness of the issues and possibilities for drawing down global warming and bringing all species, cultures and the whole human family along as we do it.