Events

The events will start during Student Orientation Week (Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 to Friday, Sept. 6, 2019) and continue through to Global Climate Strike Week (Sept. 20 through 27).

‘Thoughts Tree’: Wall of Questions and Comments 

Tuesday, Sept. 3 to Friday, Sept. 13--Hosted by the University of Toronto Mississauga Library

What does climate change mean to you? Come join the conversation about climate change. What do you want to know – what are you wondering about? What worries you? What are you hopeful about and where do we go from here? Come to the front of the Library and add to our ‘Thoughts Tree’. We will have sticky notes available for you to post your thoughts and opinions.  The Tree will be available in front of the Library between September 3-6 and 9-13. Your opinions matter to us--join the conversation!

Banner-Making Workshop with Justseeds Hosted by Blackwood Gallery 

In advance of a Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20, join facilitators from the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative to create banners, placards, and posters in support of climate justice. Sharing techniques from the long-standing tradition of artmaking for protest movements, guest artists Mary Tremonte and Jesse Purcell will share strategies for slogan-writing, screen-printing, hand-painting, and iron-on adhesives in daily workshops and drop-in arts builds. Students are invited to contribute to a collection of signs and banners which will be made available to all participants in the September 20 walkout.

FREE and open to the public by drop-in, no experience necessary, all materials provided.

Monday, Sept. 16 – Thursday, Sept. 19: 10am-5pm
Friday, Sept. 20: 10am-12pm

Location: Outdoors at CCT Main Entrance

Climate Change Teach-Ins (led by UTM faculty)

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

There will be two one-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon (session times and faculty taking part to be announced soon).

 Location: DV/CCT courtyard (rain location: MN Lobby Gallery (formerly New North)

Faculty leading 10:00 - 11:00 AM session:

Evonne Levy, Department of Visual Studies
Monika Havelka, Department of Geography
Steve Hoffman, Department of Sociology

Faculty leading 2:00 - 3:00 PM Session:

Christoph Richter, Department of Biology
Stephen Scharper, Department of Anthropology
Andrea Olive, Department of Political Science and Department of Geography

Climate Talks (with sustainable refreshments)

Three TED-style Climate Change Talks followed by group discussion
Monday, September 23, from 5:00 –7:00 PM
Reception preceding from 4:00 – 5:00 PM (with sustainable refreshments)
Location: KN137

Pegeen Walsh
Executive Director at Ontario Public Health Association

John Robinson
Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Professor, School of the Environment
Presidential Advisor, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability

Jae Page
Alumna, MScSM program at UTM
Currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Geography and Planning at U of T

The Riverwood Conservancy Climate Change Summit: Health

Meltdown: A Climate Change Summit

Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.

Location: Maanjiwe nendamowinan MN 1210 (formerly New North)

To coincide with the week-long Global Climate Strike, this summit brings together leading environmental voices to share information, perspectives, and action plans to combat climate change. The evening will combine a keynote presentation and a panel discussion to highlight how climate change threatens individual health, the economy, ecology, and our society, and what needs to be done to address the growing challenges of life on a hotter planet.

Communal Viewing of the 2018 documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Outdoor screening, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 8–10 PM (Bring your own blanket)

Location: North Field (Rain Location: IB120)

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature documentary film from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky.

Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

At the intersection of art and science, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact.