We are accepting registrations now for the Midwest Climate Summit Think Tank, a series of five virtual events, taking place between October 2 and November 20, 2020. All sessions will take place on Fridays, starting at 10am CT.
The Kick-Off Session on 10/2 is a plenary session including dynamic speakers who will provide an overview of the four key themes being addressed during the Midwest Climate Summit Think Tank:
- Synthesize what is already known about climate impacts and solutions in the Midwest.
- Develop a climate research agenda focused on strategies that can inform and accelerate climate mitigation and adaptation in the Midwest in the next 10 years.
- Build a network of climate researchers across the Midwest to facilitate research collaboration, research translation, and in so doing, enhance the profile of Midwestern climate experts.
- Identify, understand and address community education needs around workforce development, continuing education, and capacity building.
- Enhance climate-related curriculum that:
- equips all graduates with foundational understanding of climate change;
- equips a subset of graduates with the knowledge, skills and aptitudes to be effective climate practitioners, researchers and advocates.
- Share best-practices for community-engaged courses that support climate action in local communities.
- Develop a list of Fellowship programs available to student climate leaders who can support local climate action, science, and outreach.
- Support organizations in adopting ambitious, science-informed targets for mitigation and adaptation strategies by outlining pathways and progress indicators to achieve such goals.
- Identify and promote specific tangible strategies to accelerate climate solutions, including mitigation and adaptation, through organizational operations and strategic partnerships.
- Empower Midwesterners to take tangible steps to respond to climate change and its impacts.
- Communicate with the general public about climate impacts and solutions in the Midwest, including a focus on environmental journalism.
- Highlight climate impacts on underrepresented and vulnerable populations throughout Midwest urban, suburban, rural, and indigenous communities.
- Promote models for long-term, two-way collaboration between traditionally underrepresented populations and organizations with economic and social power.
- Foster a non-partisan discussion with Midwest decision-makers about climate change impacts and solutions in the Midwest.
Subsequent sessions (10/9, 10/23, 11/6, and 11/20) will include a keynote speaker, followed by concurrent workshops on the four themes above. Workshop participants may opt to register for the same track from week to week, or they can select different tracks. Click on the links above to view the objectives for each track. Refer to the conference website for details about session topics and speakers.
The Midwest Climate Summit Think Tank is free and open to the general public.