SCCS-NY 2022 Plenaries

Beyond climate despair: Navigating an age of crisis and engaging for change

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Dr. Jennifer Atkinson

Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00am EDT

The age of climate consequences is upon us, and anxiety and despair are on the rise. After decades of focusing primarily on the external environmental impacts, the climate movement is beginning to take emotions seriously. Educators, activists and mental health professionals increasingly acknowledge that in facing the challenges ahead, we will need more than new policies and technology: we will also need the internal resources to build resilience for a climate-changed future. This talk will offer strategies for navigating the emotional fallout of our warming world – fear, anger, hopelessness and grief – and channel those emotions into creating a more just a sustainable future.


Inspiring careers in conservation: SCCS-NY alumni share their journeys in the conservation field

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SCCS alumni Dr. Abe Borker, Dr. Clare Gupta, and Dr. Suzanne Pierre

Wednesday, October 5th at 11:45 AM EDT

SCCS participants from previous years will share their journeys in the conservation field. The panelists, moderated by CBC Biodiversity Informatics Director Dr. Mary Blair, will discuss their career paths, how SCCS influenced their careers, and share challenges and advice.