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2020 Hart House Global Commons Action Series: Working Towards Climate Justice

What is the Hart House Global Commons?
The Hart House Global Commons is your opportunity to connect in real-time with students participating from international partner universities, to engage in dialogue and action around climate change. Students participating directly from Colombia, Canada, France, South Africa, and the U.S.A. will connect for truly global discussions on one of the most pressing issues of our time. This is an opportunity to reflect on how we as humans react and respond both individually and collectively to this existential crisis, and how we can learn from and with each other in that process.

Global Commons is made up of two components. Students may choose to complete only the one-day conference, or continue with the series option. The conference kicks off the 2020 program and small groups students from each location will participate in an online, globally-networked conference. Following this one day event, students can continue in the series option which givesn an additional four more times for discussion.

Who is it for?
Everyone! All students, regardless of discipline, year of study, or background are encouraged to participate. The series opportunity is a deeper experience intended for students who are interested in how local perspectives can shape global engagement, and spending time in dialogue with others from around the world in order to understand their unique position and relationship to climate change. Participants who complete the series option will receive a certificate of completion from all participating universities. U of T students will also receive credit on their Co-curricular Record.

What can I expect to get out of the series? 
Participating from the comfort of your living room (or whatever location you choose), connect in real time with students and guests from all locations, and develop a personal call to action towards climate change; develop skills through workshops, meet, connect, and work with other students from around the world; and experience a non-academic approach to discussing and working towards climate justice and intersecting issues.

What's the time commitment?
10-15 hours total, over the semester.
The conference, and each subsequent session is two hours long. Students choosing to do the series are expected to commit to the entire series (four sessions), participate fully, and engage in additional activities including reflections or artistic expressions. The one-day conference will be held-in person on your campus (and utilize Zoom to connect to global partners), and the remaining series sessions will be held online (using Zoom) where students will connect individually.

Winter 2020 Series Dates

  • Thursdays, 10:00-12:00 EST
  • On Campus Conference: Thursday, February 13, 2020 - Location: DH4009
  • Series dates: February 13, February 20, February 27, March 5, and March 12, 2020 - Location: your computer
  • Register Now: Deadline is February 5

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