Climate Action

Power Shift 2009 in Washington D.C.

Climate Action The Sustainability Hub spreads awareness about the necessity for climate action on the Cornell campus and beyond.  Hub members are supportive of the University’s Climate Action Plan to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 at Cornell and ensure that representatives from the administration participate in Campus Sustainability Day and Earth Day to promote the Climate Action Plan.  The Hub organized an event at Cornell as part of the International Day of Climate Action through the non-profit  The Hub also organized informal discussions and presentations with activists and Cornell professors who attended International Negotiations at Copenhagen in December 2010 to discuss their experiences. 
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Highlights from 2009-2010:
  • Hub members worked with KyotoNOW! and took photos of individuals at Campus Sustainability Day holding a “I support 350” speech bubble.  A group photo of Cornellians was also taken, while students held a banner supporting 350 ppm.  The photos were compiled and then mailed with a letter demanding effective climate action to Senators. 
  • Hub members led discussions about the various climate bills and gave an analysis of cap and trade during meetings
  • Graduate student, Thea Whitman (Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences) gave a presentation about youth climate activism at a Sustainability Hub meeting in February 2010.  She also discussed the outcome of Copenhagen and why COP16 in Mexico City must not fail. 
  • Dr. Johannes Lehmann (Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences) gave a presentation on Feb. 22, 2010 about his research on carbon sequestration and biochar, which he discussed at the Copenhagen negotiations last December.
  • Sustainability Hub members participated in Power Shift 2009, a national youth climate conference held in Washington D.C. with over 12,000 other students from across the U.S.