Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

This event is Presented By: Tisch School of the Arts, in association with Hip Hop Caucus and Justice Action Mobilization Network

The Climate Action Conference will bring together diverse stakeholders on climate at a critically important time within our new political reality in America. Through the conference we intend to jump start new strategies for collaboration and communicating about climate change with particular focus on the essential roles of art, culture, psychology, and grassroots power. We intend to fuse our interests and efforts to determine how we might go forward together. We will use the design of the conference as well as our collective reach and resources to draw into the movement those who have been marginalized, those who have never been introduced to the issues at stake and those who are well aware of them but need to be awakened to the fact that it is now time to act.
– NYU Climate Action Conference Planning Committee


DAY ONE: Friday, March 10th

8:00AM: Box Office and Registration Desk Open at Skirball Center

9:30AM-12:45PM: Plenary #1 (LOCATION: Skirball Center)

*Session will include speakers Jeffrey Sachs, Sandra Steingraber, Tensie Whelan, and Peggy Shepard, and will cover topics such as “The State of the Climate Emergency”, “Climate Change & Public Health”, “Climate Change and Spirituality” in addition to special performances!

12:45PM-1:45PM:  A 60 minute break. 

1:00PM – 4:00PM: Special Breakout Session (LOCATION: Stern School of Business, Paulson Auditorium) “The Air We Breathe” Moderator: Peter Terezakis

2:00PM–3:30PM: Break Out Session #1 (LOCATION: Stern Building)

*Other session topics will include “Climate Change & Public Health” and “Sustainable Business”

3:45PM-6:10PM: Plenary #2 (LOCATION: Skirball Center)

*Session will include Senator Bernie Sanders (via video conference), Elizabeth Yeampierre, Rudy Arredondo, and Irvin Mayfield, and will cover topics such as “Breaking Down Silos: Working Together to Win”, "If we’re in an emergency – why don’t we behave as we are”, in addition to special performances!

DAY TWO: Saturday, March 11th

8:00-9:30AM:Box Office and Registration Desk Open at Skirball Center

9:30AM-12:40PM: Plenary #3 (LOCATION: Skirball Center)

*Session will include speakers Dr. Gerald Durley, Mark Jacobson, Dale Jamieson, Michael Oppenheimer, Elke Weber, Eddie Bautista, Representative Jamie Raskin, and will cover topics such as “Facing Facts: Climate is Changing, Can We?”, “The 50 State Solution”, “Creating a Renewable Energy Jobs Economy”, in addition to special performances!

12:40PM-1:40PM: A 60 minute break. 

1:55PM-3:15PM: Break Out Session #2 (LOCATION: Stern Building)

3:30PM-4:45PM: Plenary #4 (LOCATION: Stern Building)

*Session will include speakers Representative Ted Lieu, Lester Brown, Mustafa Ali, and will cover topics such as “Finding Common Language”, “How Can Artists Impact Social Change?”, “The Poverty Emergency: Addressing Poverty Through a Green Revolution” in addition to special performances!

4:45PM-7:00PM: A 75 minute break. Food is available for purchase from nearby businesses.

7:00PM-9:00PM: Closing Ceremony (LOCATION: Skirball Center)

Join us for an evening with Bill McKibben, Taboo, Antoinique, Irvin Mayfield, Reverend Lennox Yearwood and others to inspire and spark Climate Action. We can move forward together.

Selected works from the CLIMATE ACTION CONFERENCE Open Arts Call will be on display throughout the duration of the conference.

This conference is a fusion event with elements of academic conferences, issue-based convenings, art installations and performance events all present. The overall goal, as stated in the mission, is to inspire and motivate action by individuals and groups – it is a non-partisan gathering and seeks to call many diverse voices and perspectives into the conversation.

*Additional Speakers include: Mustafa Ali, Rudy Arredondo, Eddie Bautista, Representative Jamie Raskin, and more!

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