Global Climate Teach-In 2022


Worldwide Teach-in for Climate & Climate Justice

Climate Justice Across Domains: Local to Global

This interdisciplinary event connects the University of Kansas and the larger regional community, by bringing together a wide-ranging and diverse group of speakers, whose work, knowledge, and interests offer important ways to consider the climate crisis.


Attend the Event:

  • To attend in person, plan to arrive at Maceli's Banquet Hall in downtown Lawrence by 5pm Central Time, Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
    1031 New Hampshire St, Lawrence, KS 66044
  • To attend online, register for the Zoom webinar, where the event will be live-streamed.

Goals for the Event:

  • Showcase area research, ideas, and initiatives that address climate change from a range of perspectives;
  • Connect community leaders, researchers, public officials, and actions around climate change response; and
  • Offer individuals opportunities to learn how they can, from their own positions, apply their interests and work toward lessening the impacts of climate change.

Event Schedule

Terrianne Lavin, Assistant Teaching Professor, Geography & Atmospheric Science, University of Kansas

Emily Ryan, Director, The Commons, University of Kansas

Victor Hugo Gonzalez, Assistant Teaching Professor, Undergraduate Biology, University of Kansas & Research Associate, Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum

Emily Rountree, Associate Director, Center for Service Learning, University of Kansas

Dave Rahn, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science, University of Kansas

Ted Harris, Assistant Research Professor at Kansas Biological Survey and Center for Ecological Research, University of Kansas

Jack Harte, Undergraduate Student, Geology & Atmospheric Science, University of Kansas

Shannon O'Lear, Director of Environmental Studies Program and Professor of Geography & Atmospheric Science, University of Kansas, moderator

Shelley Bhattacharya, Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, KU Medical Center

Beto Lugo, Executive Director, CleanAirNow

Joseph Stegman, Medical Student, KU Medical Center

Sunrise Movement - Lawrence,

Sami Aaron, Founder, The Resilient Activist

Environmental Studies 615 Capstone Class

David Halliwell, Third year J.D. Student, School of Law, University of Kansas

Hong Tien Vu, Associate Professor, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas

Trevor Lies, Ph.D. Student in Psychology, Social Psychology Program, member of the Cultural Psychology Research Group, University of Kansas

Daniel R. Wildcat, Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation, Professor in the Indigenous and American Studies Department, Haskell Indian Nations University



Partner Organizations

The CleanAirNow Coalition is dedicated to improving air quality in Kansas City and the surrounding region, particularly in communities suffering the greatest health burden, and to preventing and mitigating disease caused by air pollution. Learn more, here.

The Commons at the University of Kansas is a catalyst for interdisciplinary inquiry and a space for unbounded learning, across systems of knowing. The Commons invites scholars, practitioners, and students into dialogue through projects and programs that address issues of global and local relevance. Learn more, here.

At the University of Kansas, the Geography & Atmospheric Science department's programs work to understand human activity and the physical world. In geography, to understand human actions in specific regional settings, and how these actions affect the physical environments in the past, present and future. Its teaching program reflects the departmental foci, with a B.A. degree emphasizing cultural and regional geography, and B.S. degrees focused on atmospheric and surface processes. Learn more, here.

The mission of Haskell Indian Nations University is to build the leadership capacity of our students by serving as the leading institution of academic excellence, cultural and intellectual prominence, and holistic education that addresses the needs of Indigenous communities. Haskell Indian Nations University supports a campus environment in which traditional American Indian/Alaska Native cultural values of respect, cooperation, honesty, and responsibility are modeled by all University employees and students in day-to-day activities, conduct, behavior, and attitudes. Learn more, here.

The University of Kansas Medical Center's mission is to improve lives and communities in Kansas and beyond through innovation in education, research and health care. Learn more, here.

The Resilient Activist envisions future generations living in a healthy, diverse, and regenerative environment. The world needs inspired and visionary activists who have the resilience to see us through these unprecedented times. Its mission is to build resilience, optimism, and hope in response to the impact of the climate crisis by providing community-building programs that offer inspiration, self-care, and mental health support. All programs are immersed in deep nature-connection and designed to nourish positive ecological change. Learn more, here.

Sunrise Movement is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people. Learn more, here.


Why a Climate Teach-In?

The World Wide Teach-In is an event focused on creating Climate and Justice dialogues at K-12 Schools, Colleges, Universities, and greater communities across the globe. A Teach-In model invites researchers, community leaders, students, and faith groups to speak for 5 minutes, and then participate in solutions-oriented discussions with attendees that will drive interdisciplinary perspectives and cultivate actionable solutions for your college and community.

How is it "Global?"

Through this effort, led by Bard College, more than 350 organizations across more than 50 countries will host Teach-In events on March 30.

Does it cost anything to attend?

The event is free and open to the public. Attend in person or online. Food and drink will be for sale, catered by Maceli's. Books will be sold by Raven Book Store from 6:30-9:00pm.