The Meaning of Climate Change

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this event is canceled as a preventive measure.

We live in a time of tremendous transformation as the reality of climate change and its effects on our communities become more apparent with every passing year. While there is still much that can and must be done to mitigate the range of impacts climate change might have, we are confronting the certainty of a crisis that will continue to unfold no matter what we do. What is the meaning of this extraordinary moment in human history? The meanings we construct about climate change affect how we think about it, our feelings about it and our willingness to take action. Portland State University instructor David Osborn leads a discussion exploring different meanings of climate change and how our understanding of meaning relates to action.

About the event:

The Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement at Pacific University is pleased to announce a new initiative this year to foster civic dialogue on campus and with our surrounding community. We are partnering with the Oregon Humanities to be a host site for the Conversation Project, a program in which a trained volunteer facilitator guides participants through a discussion focused on the goal of connecting people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus.

Each session is about 90 minutes long, open to students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The April 21st topic is The Meaning of Climate Change. The event is free, non-partisan, and no experience is necessary. Just come and talk with your neighbors about issues important to all of us. 

Registration is not required to attend but does help us order the right amount of coffee, tea & treats.

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McCall Center for Civic Engagement
Scott Hall 110 | (503) 352-1570 |