Monday, April 11, 2016

Ramapo College to Host Earth Day Climate Conference

For Immediate Release

Contact: Harriet Shugarman

Mahwah, NJ--On April 23rd, come join Ramapo College clubs and organizations for their Earth Day Climate Conference. The event is set to start at noon at the Trustees Pavilion on the Ramapo College of New Jersey’s campus, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ.

The conference is set to be more than a one-way discussion. The focus of the day is to be interactive. Attendees are invited to share information, questions and ideas regarding climate change. 

The event will also include a “get out the vote” theme. Students will be informed on how they can register to vote in upcoming elections. 

Starting at noon, lunch will be served and student club booths will be open for visits and discussion.   

At 1 p.m., the event will feature a welcome by Ramapo environmental studies professor Michael R Edelstein. Following the welcome, Harriet Shugarman, executive director of ClimateMama, and Amanda Nesheiwat, Secaucus Environmental Coordinator and RCNJ graduate, will give an introduction to the impacts of climate change and climate justice. The presentation will use the tools of the Climate Reality Project developed by Vice President Al Gore and the insights of Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network. 

Perspectives of representatives from the Global South and on the impact of the United Nations Paris Agreement will also be given.       

Students will then meet with environmental groups to speak about actions, solutions, and empowerment. Groups include Food and Water Watch, Mevo, Sierra Club and Following the group meetings, students will be able to present ideas on what the Ramapo community can do to move the discussion forward. 

--Melissa Erdelyi

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