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Year on Climate Change

Illustration showing three students engaged in different sustainable activities

The Year on Climate Change is a college-wide initiative to critically examine the complex and urgent issue of climate change. As a college of and for the world, this program is an invitation to the entire Smith community, no matter your background or passion, to engage in a manner that is uniquely liberal arts—through deep and authentic collaboration, critical thinking, listening and action. All students, staff, faculty and alumnae are encouraged and invited to create and attend events throughout the year.

News

Climate Change Protesters Disrupt Yale-Harvard Football Game - The New York Times

Demonstrators stormed the field during halftime, causing the game to be delayed for about an hour. The Yale police issued 42 summonses for disorderly conduct.

Leah Penniman on Farming While Black - Video Lecture

Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm on African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice - Lecture filmed at Williams College

Studying Climate Change

In the first semester of Smith's themed Year on Climate Change, relevant course offerings range from contemporary poetry to green energy policy, giving students of all academic backgrounds a chance to engage in learning about climate change and environmental sustainability. 

More than 11,000 Scientists from Around the World Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’

The Washington Post: Study outlines six major steps that ‘must’ be taken to address the situation.

Immigration and the Food Justice Connection

Gabriella Della Croce ’11 and Andrea Schmid ’17 both work at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a collective that helps better the lives of immigrant workers in western Massachusetts.

Experimenting with Geothermal Energy

The drilling of a geothermal test borehole began on campus near the Field House in September. This launched a unique and fascinating learning opportunity for faculty and students across campus and the first phase of a pilot project to establish a potential ground source geothermal heat exchange system for the Field House.


Event Calendar

December 2019

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Facing the Future: Historical Perspectives on a Green New Deal
Lectures & Presentations
With California on fire and Louisiana underwater, mass climate action is necessary - but what form should that take? Join an interdisciplinary roundtable of UMass professors as they reflect on the debate around the Green New Deal and respond to the question of what history can teach us about finding a sustainable path forward. 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Integrated Learning Center, UMass Amherst, Room S231
 
Cultivating Wisdom, Intimacy, and Response in a Warming World
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences, Training & Workshops
This program will focus on the cultivation of meditative skills in a supportive community atmosphere in order to develop a calm mind, kind heart, and wise action in this time of ecological crisis. Online and in person instruction will be based on Buddhist teachings and the emerging field of climate psychology. No experience necessary.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
 
Art Exhibition by Alumna Kate Whittaker: Journeys and Visual Poems
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Journeys, an exhibit of paintings by Kate Whittaker (AC 1990), reflect impressions formed during her climate research travels to remote areas of the world. Patterns form landscapes, marks conjure ancestral presence, and ancient calligraphy evokes a shared heritage. The process can involve forty or more layers of paint, while accents of micaceous paint illuminate and grow quiet with the changing light. Visual Poems, in traditional scroll format, are a natural offshoot of these layered paintings and combine details of her paintings and photographs to form narratives of their own. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm Street
 
Excavating the Image
Concerts & Performances
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The Limits of Las Vegas: Water Wars in the Desert of the Real
Lectures & Presentations
Learn about the fact and fiction of Las Vegas and the history leading up to its current battle for water rights as Southern Nevada grapples with climate change and the specter of an arid future. A Special Studies presentation. 
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
 
 
Cultivating Wisdom, Intimacy, and Response in a Warming World
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences, Training & Workshops
This program will focus on the cultivation of meditative skills in a supportive community atmosphere in order to develop a calm mind, kind heart, and wise action in this time of ecological crisis. Online and in person instruction will be based on Buddhist teachings and the emerging field of climate psychology. No experience necessary.
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
 
Holiday Making Party w/Design Thinking
Lectures & Presentations
Join us for annual holiday gift making at the Design Thinking Initiative. Make environmentally sustainable gifts for friends & family!
6:00 pm
Capen Annex: Design Thinking
 
Art Exhibition by Alumna Kate Whittaker: Journeys and Visual Poems
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Journeys, an exhibit of paintings by Kate Whittaker (AC 1990), reflect impressions formed during her climate research travels to remote areas of the world. Patterns form landscapes, marks conjure ancestral presence, and ancient calligraphy evokes a shared heritage. The process can involve forty or more layers of paint, while accents of micaceous paint illuminate and grow quiet with the changing light. Visual Poems, in traditional scroll format, are a natural offshoot of these layered paintings and combine details of her paintings and photographs to form narratives of their own. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m.
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Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm Street
 
 
 
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Cultivating Wisdom, Intimacy, and Response in a Warming World
General, Interactive & Maker Experiences, Training & Workshops
This program will focus on the cultivation of meditative skills in a supportive community atmosphere in order to develop a calm mind, kind heart, and wise action in this time of ecological crisis. Online and in person instruction will be based on Buddhist teachings and the emerging field of climate psychology. No experience necessary.
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Helen Hills Hills Chapel
 
 
 
 
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