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Global Climate Change Week aims to encourage academic communities – including academics, students, and non-academic staff at universities in all disciplines and countries – to engage with each other, their communities, and policy makers on climate change action and solutions.

Global Climate Change Week @JMU is October 18-24, 2021. Join the conversation on social media using #JMUClimate Justice and #GCCWeek.

Join us for the events below to learn more about climate change, climate justice and what you can do to create a more just and sustainable world! 

Global Climate Change Week @JMU is organized by Justice Studies Assistant Professor Dr. Case Watkins.

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Feature Film Screening & Discussion


Join us Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. for screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary Kiss the Ground. Register here to attend.

Following the film, Tom Benevento and Caroline Fleury with the Jubilee Climate Farm in Harrisonburg, VA will join for an interactive discussion facilitated by JMU Justice Studies Professor Dr. Case Watkins and comments by Alexandra Berens, JMU Sociology & Environmental Studies '22.

“Kiss the Ground” is a new film how about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies.

Listening to Action

Dr. Tobias Gerken, assistant professor in the School of Integrated Sciences at JMU, discusses climate modeling, environmental effects of climate change, and making informed decisions about climate policy.

Tom Benevento, co-founder of Vine and Fig discusses the 50 By 25 campaign working toward a clean, just energy transition in Harrisonburg.

Moving on Global Climate Change

A conscience compilation to inspire action on global climate change. This Spotify playlist was created by the SOWK 487  Power of Music in Social Work class at James Madison University.

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