Past Event

Climate, Hope & Science: Shifting Paradigms

September 23, 2022
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 The Lantern (Eighth Floor)

Columbia Global Centers | Rio brings together Obama Foundation president, David Simas, key Obama Foundation Scholar alumni, and international climate leadership (such as Ailton Krenak and Vanessa Nakate) tackling the climate crisis through innovative approaches in, among other areas, civic engagement, opening data, and rewilding nature, for an engaged conversation with global leaders and activists on how three paradigms shifts could prevent the catastrophic impact of unchecked climate change:

  • Spirituality — Reappraise our approach to spirituality and what it means to be human as it relates to our planet and climate
  • Technology — Harness technology in the service of communities and climate justice
  • Finance and Civic Action — Restructured finance models and supporting civic action to promote positive climate impact.

The audience can expect a rigorous and engaged conversation that builds on participants’ experiences with local communities and is connected to leading scientific discoveries, analysis, and socio-political strategy. By deepening the dialogue between the Obama Foundation alumni and experts from Columbia University and beyond, the event will bridge Hope and Science to guide efforts toward the changes needed to address the symptoms and causes of the climate crisis.

Wafaa El-Sadr, Executive Vice President for Columbia Global, and Alex Halliday, Dean of the Columbia Climate School, will also deliver their remarks during the event. It will also featsure a conversation between Rosario Garavito (Obama Scholar), Ana Maria Gonzalez (Obama Scholar).

Join us at The Lantern at Lenfest Center for the Arts (615 West 129th Street - New York, NY 10027), on the Columbia University in the City of New York campus, from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT, on September 23.

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Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.


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