Climate Convergence Conference: Events
George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, Maine
July 20, 2019
The Conference will feature presentations to the general assembly, workshops, lunch, music, art and student projects.
Keynote student speakers will be Ania Wright and Chris Barnes.
Ania Wright is a senior at College of the Atlantic focusing in environmental law and climate justice. She works with COA's climate justice group Earth in Brackets, which has taken her to Poland where she observed the U.N. climate summit and worked as an advisor to the youth climate activist Greta Thunberg. She also works with the new student group Maine Youth for Climate Justice, which works to support youth fighting for climate justice in the state of Maine. She is spending her summer working on creating a climate justice syllabus which will serve as a tool for educators, students, and activists to learn more about concepts of climate justice.
Chris Barnes' engagement with climate actions began at Ithaca College in 2015 as a member of the newly-formed Eco-Rep project coordination team, where he and co-workers hosted student info session on climate changing processes and climate justice principles. This spring he was involved in the creation of Ithaca NY's Sunrise Movement Hub and the action steps that have led to the passing of Ithaca's Green New Deal resolution. This meant organizing Ithaca College students for Hub meetings, networking with business owners to hear about their GND expectations, and coordinating a town hall event to raise awareness and apply pressure on the City government to pass the GND resolution. With classmates Chris designed a decolonial food-sovereignty themed trip to Puerto Rico in March to study and work on small farms, which in turn sparked a study on Monsanto and their illegal use of land in Puerto Rico.
Other student speakers will include:
Anna Trowbridge, George Stevens Academy
Magnolia Rose Vandiver, George Stevens Academy
Alexander Tully, George Stevens Academy
Anna Seigel, Friends School of Portland
Maizey Mercer, Kent Hills School
Robert Shetterlyof Americans Who Tell the Truth will act as host and share his own understanding of climate change gleaned from his interviews with more than a dozen climate luminaries, such as Bill McKibben. His paintings of climate activists will be on display for viewing.
You will have the opportunity to attend three workshops. Find details about the workshop presenters and topics here. Please take a moment to pre-register, selecting the three workshops which are of greatest interest to you. Your non-binding selections will be helpful for planning purposes.
Several community organizations will staff tables at the conference. You'll have time to visit with them and learn about their contributions to the community and their involvement and concerns about climate change.
Admission and lunch (vegetarian wrap, apple, cookie and beverage) are free for all youth and students who pre-register online.
For all others, the cost to attend the conference is $10 (payable at the door). This minimal fee is made possible by the generosity of our speakers and volunteers.
Adults will need to bring a lunch or make other lunch arrangements. Sorry, but planning constraints necessitated a July 6 deadline for adult lunch orders.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a water bottle.
The conference is convened by the Climate Awareness Initiative of Reversing Falls Sanctuary, in conjunction with Americans Who Tell the Truth. See list of other Conference supporters here.
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