“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
Join us during MIT Climate Countdown week!
Overcoming the Crisis of Imagination: Nature, Humans & the Economy
The two biggest challenges of our time, Climate Change and Economic Inequality, have brought into question everything that was thought to be unshakable, from economic growth paradigms to human-nature relationships. Addressing these challenges requires discarding old ways of thinking and a new vision of the future. But how do we imagine a new future when we are going through a crisis of imagination? To help us overcome this crisis, this forum will bring together academics, activists and practitioners to co-discover new ways of thinking about and acting upon these issues.
Dr. Ravi Chopra, People’s Science Institute
Prof. Julie Matthaei, Wellesley College
Prof. Prasannan Parthasarthy, Boston College
Moderator: Dr. Rajesh Kasturirangan, MIT
Cultivating Worldly Compassion & Climate Awareness
Want to be a stronger advocate for the Earth? Learn breathing and meditation techniques which calm your inner voice in order to expand your global awareness. Discover how a few short minutes of mindfulness can increase your energy, compassion, and intentions towards solving the challenges of climate change.
Climate & Sustainability Student Group Mixer
This Mixer will bring together sustainability- and climate-related groups around campus. Come find out about all the exciting initiatives happening at MIT, find one to join, and meet fellow interested students over free dinner. Group leaders will give 3-minute pitches, and then the floor will open for mingling and collaboration.
Participants: Food & Agriculture Club; Fossil Free MIT; GSC Sustainability; Office of Sustainability; Sloan Net Impact; 2016 Sustainability Summit; UA Sustainability; Waste Alliance; Water Club
Merchants of Doubt Film Screening with Live Q & A
Join us for a free screening of Merchants of Doubt, a powerful film that exposes the anti-science tactics devised to mislead the public on matters ranging from the risks of smoking to the reality of global warming.
The movie will be followed by a 30-min Q & A session with Jean Sideris, the Climate Campaign Manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Refreshments will be provided, and we’ll have giveaways for early arrivers!
Will MIT rise to the climate challenge?
Join us for a panel discussion to find out what MIT is currently doing about climate change, and to discuss what MIT could be doing in the near future.
Last year, the MIT community participated in the campus-wide Climate Change Conversation, an effort that resulted in a myriad of suggestions on what MIT could to tackle the climate crisis. President Reif is now reviewing the recommendations made in the report of the Conversation Committee, and will announce this fall how (or if) the institute will take action. This event aims to provide context for this much-awaited decision. Will our administration choose to take bold action on this pivotal issue of our generation?
Jason Jay – Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management and Director of the Sustainability Initiative
Jeremy Poindexter – Ph.D. student in Materials Science & Engineering and member of Fossil Free MIT
Jonathan King – Professor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Biology
Jacqueline Kuo – Undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering and member of UA Sustainability
Ian Condry – Professor of Japanese Culture & Media Studies and Head of Global Studies & Languages
Lunch will be served at 11:45am.
Join us for a lively evening of action-art making: banners, signs, t-shirt printing, you name it! Come show off your creative skills as we make final preparations for the rally on Oct 2. Bring snacks and your favorite playlist (and come and go as you please)!
***Rally for Climate Action***
12-2pm | Kresge Oval
If there’s only one thing you can make, make it this.
Flood the campus in a sea of blue to urge MIT to take bold and immediate action against the threats of climate change. Join us at Kresge Oval, wearing blue if you can, as a reminder of the flooding that global warming holds in store for our campus and for millions of people around the world – just one of the looming dangers of our changed climate. Enjoy music by Melodeego, a band whose sound system runs on pedal power. And as MIT’s administration and Board – those who will decide how (or if) MIT will take climate action – meet that day, we’ll hear from inspiring students and faculty about how together we can help tip the balance. An ice cream social will follow.
Why flood? Because as our leaders meet to decide MIT’s fate, we need to show them that when it comes to climate change, our support is united and overwhelming. So flood the president’s mailbox with postcards, flood our open letter with signatures, and most importantly, help us flood Kresge Oval with a sea of blue. Let’s celebrate how far we’ve come and encourage MIT to go further: to stand with its community; to stand with science; and to make climate history.
See you at Kresge Oval on Oct 2, 12pm.