Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education 

Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education 

A free event open to everyone 

Climate Justice is both a movement and a way of approaching the climate crisis that foregrounds connections between global warming and social injustice.   Climate Justice must be imagined and produced from the standpoint of the impactful work of ongoing Environmental Justice scholarship and activism, which demands that Climate Justice be achieved through Anti-Racism.  Climate justice holds that though U.S. communities of color in the Global North and communities throughout the Global South have contributed less to climate change than communities with more privilege, they are the most likely to experience the worst effects of climate change. Because climate change is an extension of other forms of oppression, these communities’ traditions of resistance must lead the way for identifying climate solutions.

During the symposium, we will be exploring:

  • How to integrate climate justice into higher education curriculum (including into medical school curriculum) and how to scale up these efforts;
  • Community engagement through climate justice curricula;
  • Just and transformative pedagogies; and
  • The role of health in the climate crisis dialogue.

This event is free and open to anyone interested in attending. Sessions will be offered in a mix of pre-recorded and live formats.  All live components of the conference will also be recorded and available after the event, so if the timing doesn't work for you, we still encourage you to register so that you can receive instructions on how to access the free post-event recordings.  

The virtual event will be hosted April 28th through May 1st. Live sessions will occur between 10am-12pm and 2-4pm each day in addition to pre-recorded sessions available at your convenience.

Registration Link for Attendance: 

Lightning Talks and Opportunity to Win Prize Money! 

We are also seeking proposals for lightning talks from Faculty, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Students who would like to present 3-5 slides in 5-7 minutes on one of our core conference topic focuses (see bullet points above).  We will ask presenters to pre-record these lightning talks and participants will be able to vote on their favorite talks.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the most popular pre-recorded lightning talks and awards will be given in the amounts of:

  • Three CSU Faculty will be selected for: Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), and Bronze ($300)
  • Three CSU Students will be selected for: Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), and Bronze ($300)
  • Three UC Faculty will be selected for: Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), and Bronze ($300)
  • Three UC Students will be selected for: Gold ($1,000), Silver ($500), and Bronze ($300)

Please note that student awards will be coordinated through the Financial Aid office of the winning students.  Faculty awards will be in the form of an award to be used towards their research and/or teaching and the award will be transferred to their home academic department. Applicants for lightning talks must register to give a lightning talk by 4/9/2021 at: (this link will let you register and submit your lightning talk at the same time). Applicants will be vetted for eligibility, connection to the themes, and completeness of application and will receive confirmation that their application was accepted by 4/13. Presenters of the lightning talks must submit their pre-recorded lightning talk by 4/21/2021 for posting to the conference website prior to the virtual symposium kick-off on 4/28/2021.  

Registration Link for Attendance: (you will be given an option at the end of this form to apply for your lightning talk.  If you choose to register now, but want to submit your talk description later, you can register at: and then later apply for a lightning talk at this form for just the lightning talk submittal: