Worldwide Climate Justice Teach-In

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The University of Waterloo is holding its first ever Worldwide Teach-In, on the 23rd and 24th of March 2022. The Worldwide Teach-in on Climate Justice aims to recruit 1,000 schools and universities around the globe to engage 500,000 students in learning about climate change and climate justice. The Teach-in is led by the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy and supported by several student partners and the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3). The event has been designed to have a series of panels in which climate concerned faculty from multiple disciplines each talk about climate change from their disciplinary perspective and interact and engage with participants to foster communication regarding climate change.


DAY 1

Wednesday, March 23, 2022  (3 Online Sessions 45 minutes each)

Group Welcome:

  • Opening Remarks, introduction to the event, including a brief overview of the panels and their discussions.
  • A 5-minute video from the Worldwide Teach-in.

Panel 1- Climate Justice → 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM  

  • Introduction of the panelists.  
  • Each panelist will present a brief 5-10 minute talk/video/ presentation. 
  • A moderated discussion will then take place.
  • A discussion on climate justice from both an international and a local communal perspective.

Panel 2 - Climate Change -  Affordable and Clean Energy Access → 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

  • Introduction of the panelists.  
  • Each panelist will present a brief 5-10 minute talk/video/ presentation. 
  • A moderated discussion will then take place.
  • A discussion on providing affordable and clean energy access through innovative technologies and a look into the nexus of energy and the environment.

Panel 3: Winning the Story Wars → 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM 

  • Introduction of the panelists.  
  • Each panelist will present a brief 5-10 minute talk/video/ presentation. 
  • A moderated discussion will then take place.     
  • A discussion on the importance of climate storytelling and environmental communication.
DAY 2

Thursday, March 24, 2022 (2 Online Sessions)

Group Welcome:

  • Opening Remarks, introduction to the event, including a brief overview of the panels and their discussions.
  • Will include a 5-minute video from the Worldwide Teach-in.
  • Held in the morning/afternoon.

Panel 4 - Climate Solutions, Canada and beyond → 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Introduction of the panelists.  
  • Each panelist will present a brief 5-10 minute talk/video/ presentation. 
  • A moderated discussion will then take place.
  • A discussion on the recent IPCC report, climate solutions and climate action.

Panel 5 - Solve Climate, Advance the SDGs - Youth Perspectives → 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Introduction of the panelists.
  • Each panelist will present a brief 5-10 minute talk/video/ presentation. 
  • A moderated discussion will then take place. 
  • Participation by student clubs. A discussion about advancing the SDGs.


James Nugent
Continuing lecturer, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability   

Kelsey Leonard
Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability


Neil Craik 
Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development  

Jane Mah Hutton
 Associate Professor, Architecture


Chad Walker
 AMTD Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo
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Xiao Yu Wu
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
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Jatin Nathwani
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo


Alekis Spasevski 
MES,  Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, Sustainability Office


Misty Matthews- Roper
PhD Candidate, Social and Ecological Sustainability,  SERS,

Imre Szeman
Professor, Communication Arts


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Luna Khirfan
Assocaite Professor, School of Planning

Juan Mareno-Cruz
Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair  

Ying Zhou 
PhD Candidate, School of  Environment, Enterprise and Development    


SDG Impact AllianceOffice of SustainabilityFossil free ClubClimate StudentsStudent Energy Network


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