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C-SEF Big Picture Seminar
Environmental change and human migration

November 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Online via YouTube or
Live in CIRES Auditorium (CIRES 338), CU Boulder main campus

Reception to follow in CIRES Map Room (CIRES 340)
Lori Peek (IBS/SOCY) will present an overview of the state of empirical, social science understanding of the connections between human migration and environmental context and change. Specific examples will be provided from Dr. Hunter’s research focused on rural Mexico, while important recent advancements and continuing gaps will also be explored. This talk is a Center for Social and Environmental Futures (C-SEF) Big Picture Seminar. All are welcome.

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

Strategies for Integrating Climate Science into the Elementary Classroom with CLEAN
Thursday, November 3, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Please share with your networks that include K-12 educators. This series of webinars helps teachers learn how to use the CLEAN collection to teach about climate and energy. This webinar, presented by Alicia Christensen, Tiffany Boyd, and Rae Han, provides strategies for elementary teachers to integrate climate science into their classrooms. Teachers will explore how to break down this complex and controversial topic, teach it across disciplines, make it culturally relevant, use it to inspire curiosity, and motivate students to develop climate change solutions. See the event webpage to register and get more details.

Pathway to a Post-Global Warming Future

A Brief Overview of Climate Science, Consequences, and Solutions
Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.
Fiske Planetarium

The media often portrays our climate future as a choice between bleak and bleaker, which may seem justified given the many impacts of global warming that we are already seeing. But if we understand the science behind global warming, then we can also see a pathway to its solution. Astrophysicist and educator Jeffrey Bennett will give us a surprisingly simple explanation of the science behind global warming and the consequences we can expect, as well as how we can in principle take the steps necessary to envision a “post-global warming” future--meaning a future in which today’s children will someday be able to talk about global warming as a once-serious problem that we found a way to solve. We'll also share the Clock Tower Project: A New Perspective of Time and Humanity, a new short film which flies through time on an inspiring journey about the history of life on this planet and the impact of our species.

Enacting Climate Solutions in the Classroom

Tuesday, November 8, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
CASE E390, CU Boulder main campus

Join this interactive and creative workshop for including climate action in your classroom. Help your students gain a feeling of belonging as part of a generation of change makers through embodied and fun classroom activities. Together we will explore pedagogical methods for how to carry forth wisdom from the ancestors to avoid the “unsustainable or scorched path” and chart our own course towards a “green path” for an equitable, survivable, and thrive-able future. Together, we will experience and learn to lead activities to weave the social fabric to become the ancestors we want to be. This workshop is being co-created and facilitated by students of the THDN Performance for Community Engagement course along with Professor Beth Osnes, and Jasmin Barco, Assistant Director for Energy and Climate Justice at CU’s Environmental Center. See the event webpage for more info.

Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) webinar series

Beyond Doom & Gloom: How to Teach Climate Change Towards Empowerment
Tuesday, November 8, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

This series of webinars helps teachers learn how to use the CLEAN collection to teach about climate and energy. Teaching about climate change is filled with distressing information about the current and future impacts on our world, and naturally can have detrimental effects on youths’ mental health. Educators will hear from youth about how they are handling this challenge, and will walk away with a variety of strategies and activities to integrate into their curriculum as they engage with today’s youth. Presenters: Youth Advisory Board Members to the Climate Mental Health Network, and Alicia Christensen, CIRES. See the event webpage to register and get more details.

Grant Writing for Success Workshop

Thursday, November 10, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
CASE E390, CU Boulder main campus
This final workshop in the series offered by the Outreach and Engagement Professionals Network (OEPN) is tailored specifically to making the process easier and more fruitful. Open to all CU people. Register online.
Coming next spring: Integrating DEI into Outreach & Engagement Programming, a three-part workshop series offered in partnership with the Office for Social and Cultural Inclusion. Stay tuned for more details.

Mobile food pantry

Tuesday, November 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
UMC South Terrace Plaza, CU Boulder main campus

All are welcome to the food pantry, regardless of campus and personal identity. The University of Colorado Boulder’s Volunteer Resource Center and Basic Needs Center partners with Community Food Share each semester to host several Mobile Food Pantries to support the needs of our community. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring reusable shopping bags to help you carry your food. Attendees will receive up to 30 pounds of food in multiple boxes. Drive-through is not currently being offered for these mobile food pantries. If you're driving, limited parking will be available in the Euclid Parking Garage and a volunteer at the entrance to the parking garage can provide you with a temporary parking passcode. See more on the Basic Needs Center webpage.


Coffee & Conversations on Community Engagement

Workshopping your approach
Thursday, November 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Hybrid format: attend via Zoom or in
CASE E390, CU Boulder main campus

Michael Baratta, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, will workshop next steps for the Neuroscience Diversity Task Force. This will be an excellent time to learn and get feedback about how to reach out to or plan with partners and conduct partner-related activities--as well as meet up with others working in community engagement. See more and rsvp on the event webpage.



Climate justice and human rights insights will inspire you to take action

“We all have a responsibility to care.”

Inspired by a recent story collection in the Coloradan, “Justice for Earth, Justice for Humans,” CU faculty shared insights and research at the event Coloradan Conversations: Climate Change and Its Impact on Human Rights. In case you missed it in person, the entire event is now available online in video format. Listen to presentations by Emily Yeh (GEOG), Clint Carroll (CNAIS/ETHN), and Phaedra Pezzullo (C3BC/COMM). Be inspired to take action with resources from our speakers. Read the CU Boulder Today story and watch presentations one by one, or see the entire event.

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education free to CU Boulder people

All CU Boulder faculty, staff and students receive free access to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE). CU Boulder is a host institution for 2022 GCSHE. This opportunity is made possible by Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Sustainability and the CUSG Environmental Center. The conference is the largest stage to exchange effective models, policies, research, collaborations and transformative actions that advance sustainability in higher education and surrounding communities. Live content is available through November 3; on-demand content is available through December 31. Register by November 3 to access on-demand content.

Art exhibits


Water is Life

Through November 19
Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
$5 requested donation

Visit the Dairy Arts Center to experience Water is Life, with powerful work by artists committed to protecting and educating others about the importance of water to the collective human species, and to listening to what Earth is telling us about our common home. Curated by JayCee Beyale and Creative Nations. See the exhibit webpage for more.

Pikas, Prairies, and the Climate Crisis

Through January 8
Museum of Boulder
2205 Broadway, Boulder
$10 adults; $8 seniors/youth/college students; free under 5 and SNAP cardholders

This exhibit explores the surprising connections between Colorado’s shortgrass prairies and the American pika. Pikas, a cold-loving species that live in the high-altitude mountains, are threatened by warming temperatures and diminishing snowpack. Their survival may depend on our ability to protect a place hundreds of miles from their alpine home—the Great Plains. Visitors will learn about conservation efforts to connect the dots between these two diverse areas, as well as ways that they can become involved in protecting pika, prairies, pronghorn, and more. See the exhibit webpage for more.
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