On October 27, The Center for Global Sustainability co-sponsored a screening of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” and an interactive panel on how students can take action to address the climate crisis based on the challenges portrayed in the film.

The event highlighted concrete steps that students can take to be climate leaders and summon the leadership, courage, and wisdom to address climate change effectively. The panel included Brooke Harper, Maryland and DC Policy Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network; Michelle Kim, Regional Manager, Climate Reality Project; and Willem Klajbor, Director of Sustainability, UMD Student Government Association. James Stillwell, Manager for Sustainability Engagement & Outreach of the Center for Global Sustainability, moderated the discussion.

Brooke Harper discussed a recent success story for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN): “A great success story at the state level was the fracking ban, and seeing our state [of Maryland] come together and all the community members that participated to make it possible.” She emphasized the importance of renewable energy and the “fight for clean renewable energy at a local level in our neighborhood,” which CCAN is championing with its new campaign.

Michelle Kim highlighted how students should collaborate to increase the outreach of their actions. “As students, a really important thing is to maximize your collective decision power. Think globally and act locally. Graduate and continue acting as a citizen.”

Willem Klajbor discussed the importance of local actions, “Small changes make a big difference in the aggregate. One of the biggest parts of being someone environmentally conscious is ‘waking people up,’ spreading the word, and spreading the knowledge.”

The Office of Sustainability, School of Public Health, School of Public Policy Environmental Council, SGA Student Sustainability Committee, Student Affairs Sustainability Committee, Beyond the Classroom, the Sustainability Studies Minor, the Environmental Science and Policy, and Environmental Science and Technology also co-sponsored the event.