Since 2019, WUCCP has hosted an array of dialogues for its Climate Conversations. The mission of this series is twofold: to expose Washington University students to new perspectives, opportunities, and approaches to the climate crisis and to facilitate communication among experts in the field. Past topics have included eco-anxiety, the Green New Deal, Hawaii’s at-risk ecosystem, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (see RINGO). The Climate Conversations bring in entrepreneurs, politicians, researchers, students, and other climate activists.

As climate change rises in urgency and saliency, WUCCP is working to further expand this program.

Upcoming Conversations

There are not currently any upcoming events scheduled. Please check back for new events to be added.

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Previous Conversations 2020-2021

Click to view the details, recording, and resources related to our past Climate Conversations.

Older Conversations

Renewable Energy Careers Panel – April 2020

WashU alumni virtually returned to campus to share their stories about their careers in renewable energy. Students were able to ask questions and receive advice about their own futures.

If you would like to watch the recorded panel, click here.

A Week with World Leaders: WashU @ COP25 — February 2020

In a discussion about international climate policy, attendees heard from WashU students who attended the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2019. Additionally, the professor of the class gave advice about the application process to attend next year’s COP.

Eco-Anxiety and Climate Change – January 2020

How can we keep looming climate worries from overwhelming us? Join us candid discussion on the intersection between climate change and mental health with Chris Stark, Asst. Professor in the Department of Music and composer of ‘Seasonal Music” and Chris Weatherly, a Brown School researcher on climate change and mental health.

Climate Adaptation in a Least Developed Country: Perspectives from Myanmar – October 2019

How does a least developed country adapt to a changing climate? How can a least developed country negotiate on the global stage? How does adaptation come into play in the UNFCCC? And how does international climate law intersect with human rights issues? Professor Tracy Bach, who teaches and publishes on climate change, international law and human rights and was a visiting professor at Washington University, was our guest.  

The Green New Deal — April 2019

This event introduced attendees to the historical movements and policies that preceded the Green New Deal and inspired its creation. Participants gained an understanding of the core tenants of the resolution.

From B100 to COP24: Subnational Action on Climate Change — March 2019

Anu Hittle led a conversation about the threats that climate change imposes upon island communities like Hawaii and what projects she is taking as the state’s Mitigation and Adaptation Coordinator to address them.

IPCC 1.5 Degree Report — November 2018

WashU policy, law, and science professors engaged in a conversation about the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) published by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October. This Q&A-style event covered what the IPCC is, highlights of the report, and what WashU and attendees could do.

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career by Path Lord; conference by priyanka; anxiety by dDara; Myanmar by Xinh Studio; policies by Justin Blake; Loudspeaker by David; and Climate Change by Iconathon.