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Climate and Sustainability Webinars

With Dr. Sara Via, Professor & Climate Extension Specialist at UMD

Climate Webinar Series

Climate and Sustainability Webinars (2022)

Hosted by Dr. Sara Via, Professor & Climate Extension Specialist at UMD


Visualize a Better World 

June 15, 4-5:30PM

Do images of climate disasters leave you feeling depressed and powerless?  Regain your power by focusing on a vision of the world we can create through climate action, then relentlessly steer toward that goal. We already have all the tools we need! In this post-fossil fuel world, everything will run on abundant clean electricity, the air and water will be cleaner than anyone remembers and people will be healthier.  We will have more green spaces and a resurgence of biodiversity.  This is the world I want to leave my kids. With courage, stubborn optimism, the power of cooperation, and some creative 21st century thinking, this is a world we can make.  Register.


The Economics of Climate Change: Cheaper to Fix than to Ignore 

July 6, 4-5:30PM

For years, powerful forces have told us that climate action will hurt the economy without mentioning  the costs of climate impacts, a classic disinformation campaign.  Now the world’s financial institutions are coming to grips with the crippling economic risks from climate change and the loss of biodiversity. Learn these risks and why financial institutions are concluding that it is better economic policy to curb climate change than to ignore it.  Register.


Indigenous Views of Nature & Rebuilding Biodiversity: Back to the Future

July 27, 4-5:30PM

The extractive economy of the 19th and 20th centuries stems from a culture in which humans see themselves as above nature and free to exploit the natural world for commercial advantage.  This view has now gotten us into serious trouble.  In contrast, most indigenous cultures consider humans part of the web of biodiversity, with dramatically different results.  What can we learn about rebuilding ecosystems and biodiversity from the wisdom traditions of indigenous peoples, and could applying that knowledge help us build the vibrant and healthy post-fossil fuel world we want?  Register.


We Need an Epidemic of Climate Action

August 17, 4-5:30PM

We are way behind on actions needed to curb climate change, but big social changes can sometimes occur far more rapidly than expected. Reaching a social tipping point for climate action requires support from a surprisingly small number of people and we may be closer than we think to a wave of people-power that will produce the required actions.  By understanding the mechanisms of behavior change and the dynamics that lead to social tipping points, we can potentially accelerate the adoption of climate solutions.  Register.


Let's Talk About Climate Change: How to Motivate Everyone you Know to be Part of the Climate Solution

September 7, 4-5:30PM

I'll discuss some key ideas for how each of us can be agents of social change in our own networks and communities, speeding our nation's approach to the social tipping point on climate action. Together, we can do something to help curb climate change and make a better world for our kids and future generations. Let's get started!  Register.


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