Climate + Justice + Cities

Speaker Series at the School of Cities 2022 

Introducing Climate + Justice + Cities, a speaker series at the School of Cities that critically examines cities and climate justice through diversity of expertise and perspectives. 

Over the course of 6 live events, researchers, city leaders, youth activists, and industry experts will discuss emerging issues, ideas, and research within themes of Adaptation and Resilience, Infrastructure, Racial Justice, Energy Democracy, Just Recovery, Food Sovereignty, and others.  

These sixty-minute live events offer unique perspectives and evidence-based solutions to the defining challenge of our time. The audience can participate in spirited Q&A engaging with the topics and speakers and dive deep into the conversation. 

Speakers are people who think about cities, climate and justice – not just academics but practitioners and activists working and studying across different fields from climate science to economics to humanities. 

Winter 2022


Don Iveson in Conversation with Richard Florida

Don Iveson, in conversation with Professor Richard Florida, reflects on his time as Mayor of Edmonton and Chair of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus as well as his new role at the School of Cities. Don will share his insights on the global opportunity of energy transition for disadvantaged communities, leadership in times of uncertainty, and the role of cities and their leaders in a just recovery.

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Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Climate Displacement 
Partner: Cal Performances, UC Berkeley

The World Bank estimates that, by 2050, 216 million people across South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America will need to migrate from their homes due to sudden disasters such as flooding and fire, slow-onset land degradation through processes such as desertification, as well as social unrest caused by resource scarcity. Climate displacement is accelerating because of climate change, and creates new adaptation challenges for both the sending and receiving regions. In this panel, we will explore the issue of climate displacement with faculty members of UC Berkeley's new cluster in climate equity and environmental justice, (Maya Carrasquillo, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Daniel Aldana Cohen, Sociology; Zoe Hamstead, City & Regional Planning; Meg Mills-Novoa, Energy & Resources Group and Department of Environmental Science; Danielle Rivera. Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning). The director of UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project and the University of Toronto's School of Cities, Professor Karen Chapple, will facilitate this lively conversation across the disciplinary perspectives of sociology, city planning, geography, engineering, and urban policy. 

Introduced by Jeremy Geffen, Executive & Artistic Director - Cal Performances
Maya Carrasquillo, Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Danielle Rivera, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning 
Meg Mills-Novoa, Energy & Resources Group and Department of Environmental Science 
Daniel Aldana Cohen, Sociology 
Moderated by Karen Chapple, Director School of Cities, University of Toronto and Professor Emerita of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

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poster for the event featuring headshots and titles of the speakers and the moderator.February 3
Youth for Climate Justice
Partner: Fridays For Future Toronto

Join us for the kickoff event in the Climate + Justice + Cities Speaker series. Youth are leading the discussion on climate justice in our cities and on the world stage. How do young leaders maintain hope while facing the defining challenge of our time? Listen and learn from internationally recognized youth advocates in the fight for climate justice. Kehkashan Basu, founder of the Green Hope Foundation 
Naomi Leung, organizer, Climate Education Reform BC and Sustainabiliteens
Autumn Peltier, Canadian youth water and climate activist, advocate for clean water 
Moderated by Prof. Jessica Green (University of Toronto, Dept of Political Science and School of the Environment)

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Square graphic featuring headshots of speakers and title of eventMarch 10
IPCC Report Release: Cities Settlements and Key Infrastructure

Join Professor Winston Chow, Singapore Management University as he discusses the findings of the latest IPCC Report AR6 Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. 
Followed by panel discussion 

Prof. Winston Chow, Singapore Management University

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