UM to Host Events Examining Climate Change as Part of Global Event

September 16, 2019

UM News Service

MISSOULA – The Global Climate Strike, an international movement that calls for action responding to climate change, will take place around the world on Friday, Sept. 20, during which individuals will walk out of classrooms, workplaces and homes to participate in public gatherings focused on climate change. Related events will be occurring in Missoula and on the University of Montana campus beginning Sept. 17.

“Education and research around climate change is a signature part of UM’s history and identity,” said UM Provost Jon Harbor. “As a public university, it is UM’s responsibility to communicate clearly our existing knowledge around climate science, and relay the importance and nuanced complexity of climate change and climate action.”

Organized by UM’s Climate Change Studies program and the Office of Sustainability, a series of events will take place on campus from Tuesday, Sept. 17, through Wednesday, Sept. 25, to promote informed discussion and reflection about climate action throughout the campus community.

The following events are free and open to the public:

  • Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, Davidson Honors College Ephron Lounge: Climate Action Roundtable with UM students, alumni, and faculty.
  • 5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, University Center Rooms 326-327: Communicating about Climate Panel Discussion.
  • 3:30-5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23, Liberal Arts Building Room 011: Teach-in on global climate justice with UM faculty members:
    • Paul Haber, political science
    • Katie Kane, English
    • Rosalyn LaPier, environmental studies
    • Tobin Miller Shearer, history and African-American studies
  • 3:30-5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, LA Building Room 011: Talk by Diana Maneta of Missoula County on renewable energy.

In addition to these events hosted by UM, other student groups in Missoula are organizing a walkout to mark the Global Climate Strike on Friday, Sept. 20. A week of action will follow, with events slated to take place on the UM campus.

“I encourage UM faculty, staff, and students to consider the Global Climate Strike as an opportunity to engage in discussions about climate change, sustainability and the environment,” Harbor said. “Our university is a recognized leader in research, teaching and service in these important areas.”

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Contact: UM Office of the Provost, 406-243-5718, ; Steve Schwarze, professor and director, UM Climate Change Studies, 406-243-4901, steven.schwarze@umontana.edu.