Global Climate Teach-In 2023

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Climate Justice Across Domains

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 29, 2023. 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.

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 29.

Does it cost anything to attend?

The event is free and open to the public, but we ask that you register in advance. Attend in person or online. Food will be provided at Maceli's Banquet Hall.

2023 Event Schedule

Josh Bolick, Head, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries

Ward Lyles, Associate Professor of Planning, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas

Emily Ryan, Director, The Commons, University of Kansas

A. Town Peterson, Distinguished Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology & Senior Curator, KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum

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

Beto Lugo, Executive Director, CleanAirNow

Atenas Mena, CleanAirNow

Kelly Overstreet, PhD Candidate, Planning, School of Public Affairs and Administration

Ali Brox, Assistant Teaching Professor, Environmental Studies Program

Joel Campbell, Sunrise Movement / KU Student

Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper, Friends of the Kaw

Quintin Castro (he/him)

Reagan Ebert (she/her)

Seth Klayson (he/him)

Korbyn LeBlanc (she/her)

Alex Young (he/him)

Laura Kirk, Associate Teaching Professor, Theatre and Dance

Jamie Hofling, Sustainability Analyst, Douglas County Office of Sustainability

Grant Misse, Climate 2040 / KU Student

Wayne Briggs, Just Food

Shannon Criss & Nils Gore, Professors, KU Architecture

Joonmo Kang, Assistant Professor, KU Social Welfare

2023 Sponsor & Partner Organizations

In Spring 2023, KU is participating in 2040 Now, an initiative led by New York University that invites all of us to envision what changes we can make now on the path to carbon neutrality by the year 2040. Link to learn more.

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. Link to learn more.

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. Link to learn more.

As a County, we are striving for sustainability in our day-to-day operations, our facilities and buildings, the policies we implement, and the education we provide to our employees and citizens. Link to learn more.


The Environmental Studies Program provides students with the tools they need to investigate environmental phenomena, including soil sampling and freshwater ecology to policy-making and social science. Link to more information.

The Kansas River is the largest prairie-based river system in the world. The river originates at the junction of the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers and runs 173 miles to meet the Missouri River at Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kansas. The Kansas River is also a drinking water source for over 800,000 Kansans.  The Kansas River is often referred to as a working river, with such uses as agricultural, irrigation, industrial water supply, municipal water supply, electricity generation, sand mining and many more public and private uses.  We are dedicated to protecting the river from pollution sources including: municipal and industrial wastewater discharges, new pollution sources and in river commercial sand and gravel mining. Link to learn more.

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. Link to learn more.

The Center for Compassionate & Sustainable Communities seeks to engage in basic and applied research, engaged teaching, and translational activities. Our work centers compassionate, just, and sustainable policy, planning, and other community-level action. We aspire to solve grand challenges facing society, including climate change, inequality, and justice. Link to learn more.

The University of Kansas Libraries transform lives by inspiring the discovery and creation of knowledge for the university and our global community. Link to learn more.

Climate change affects communities differently. With the understanding that more harmful effects are felt more greatly in under-served populations, this research aims to bring people together, across areas of knowledge and experience to help build a stronger understanding of local perception of climate change health impacts through interprofessional collaboration. This work is in concert with individuals and community leaders in Wyandotte County as well as the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Link to learn more.

The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at the University of Kansas is dedicated to the facilitation and support of exceptional research, teaching, service, administration, learning and quality campus life for all. Located in the Office of the Provost, the Office of DEIB is the Chief Diversity Office for the University and works with the Provost to align university strategic initiatives and polices with the educational, programmatic, and administrative needs of the campus community. Link to learn more.

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. Link to learn more.

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