Date(s) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2020
The public can view online presentations about climate change during the Western New York Youth Climate Summit in June.
The presentations will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 3, 10 and 17. You can view them via YouTube and Facebook Live. You will be challenged to take an action by each week’s presenters. Even if you miss the live-stream, you can still use the link to view the workshop at a later time.
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Looking Ahead to 2195
The Native American concept of the “Seventh Generation” will be explained and will also include a discussion of diverse cultures and experiences. What the future will look like for our progeny depends on what we do, or don’t do, today. This session will also discuss how we can address ecological issues while also understanding history, economics, and other factors.
Pete Hill is a citizen of the Cayuga Nation, Heron Clan and currently the “All Our Relations” / Special Initiatives Coordinator at Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS). Pete has worked at NACS for over 27 years, spending most of that time with several youth and community programs in areas of youth and community development and alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, teenage pregnancy, HIV risk reduction, ecological issues, protecting the waters and environment, crisis intervention and case management services. He has developed several successful programs and services in many areas of health and wellness promotion, staff and organizational capacity, integrating Native American cultural teachings and activities into program design and evaluation.
Science and Direct Action Climate Activism: Everyone Has a Role
With an increase in media attention toward climate activism leaders and organizations, it becomes necessary to assess the effectiveness and impact of the climate movement. This workshop will showcase various environmental remediation projects Alex Bartkowiak has contributed to, including the genetic modification trees for increased carbon capture and the development of chitosan-based bioplastics. Additionally, he will discuss a range of political topics such as the effectiveness of climate lobbying, the importance of open-source technology, and the ethics of genetic engineering. There will be many questions for the audience and plenty of opportunities to question the speaker. The goal of this workshop is to create an open dialogue about the role of “youths” in the climate movement.
Alex Bartkowiak is a 18-year-old independent scientist from Jacksonville, Florida. He has a strong passion for environmental issues and plans to combat them through the development of various environmental remediation projects. He believes that in order to address these issues, we must fundamentally change the way science is done. He worked closely with SciHouse as a team member and continues to assist in projects. He has strong connections with those in the independent science community due to his mentorship with Gabriel Licina. His projects include the creation of: genetically modified trees to aid in carbon capture, a strain of salt-water-tolerant, plastic-eating fungus, and chitosan-based bioplastics. He has been featured in the film “Citizen Bio” (Showtime) and aspires to attend a high-level university to attain a degree in Molecular Biology. He plans to use his various projects as models to prove that valuable research can be produced outside of the university and Industry setting at a faster rate than current methods.
The Environmental Humanities: The Importance of Storying Climate Change
How and why might the humanities be an important area of study in the context of climate change? More specifically, why does literature (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) matter when studying climate change? What power do stories hold in this moment of environmental devastation? How and why might climate change be a story we have to tell? In this workshop we will read, discuss, and briefly write our own stories of climate change and begin to explore the questions above.
Stephine Hunt is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Assistant in the American Studies program at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests combine the fields of Environmental Humanities, Decolonial Methodologies, and Critical Race and Spatial Theories, through which she examines how writers from marginalized communities explore and discuss the environment and climate change within contemporary multi-ethnic American literature.