Climate change is an urgent global crisis that calls on people across the globe to act collectively to address it. Recognizing this urgency, students, faculty and professional staff from across Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences are coming together to make 2021 our Climate Year. This year, we are celebrating, supporting and cataloging our ongoing climate work happening at all levels of the University as well as launching new initiatives to make combating climate change central to our institutional practices, curriculum, research and civic engagement. Climate Year is focused on five key goals:
- Strengthen our institutional climate commitment.
- Promote climate and sustainability-focused courses and experiential learning opportunities.
- Inspire applied climate-focused research, civic engagement and collaboration.
- Engage the community through public-facing climate and sustainability programming.
- Take inventory, coordinate and track climate work happening at all levels of the University.
Climate Year is our opportunity to learn and do something about issues like the unequal burdens of climate change on vulnerable communities, habitat and species loss, public health impacts of a warming climate, the economic risks of inaction and more.
Climate Year Events and Programs
Join us throughout the year as we celebrate Climate Year and bring attention to the urgent climate crisis.
- Gideon Mendel: Drowning World - Opening May 1
Gideon Mendel: Drowning World is a unique photographic exploration of flooding, a stark portrayal of the human condition within the context of overwhelming climate events around the world.
- Crafting for the Climate - monthly
Grab some household materials and build a useful, eco-friendly craft with Academy Educator Amy Hoyt. Learn how small everyday actions can help to reverse climate change and benefit the environment as you create a useful item out of trash. Learn more.
- Earth Week Celebration - April 19–25
There’s only one earth, and we are on it together! Celebrate life on Earth and the systems that support it with a wild week of science programs and conservation conversations. Learn more.
Small Actions Spark Big Changes
Explore our Small Actions Spark Big Changes page for tips and resources related to new sustainability topics each month. Topics include Building Backyard Animals Habitats, Reducing Plastic Use, Composting, Talking About Climate Change and more.
Explore Climate Change on the Academy Blog
- Talking About Climate Change - How can you talk to kids about climate change? How can you manage the emotional toll of negative climate news? Explore resources to discuss climate change with different groups.
- Coastal Change, Climate Change - Explore Elizabeth Watson's research on climate change's impact on coastal wetlands.
- Pteropods and Climate Change - Researcher Rosie Oaks discusses her work that looks at how pteropods help us learn more about the impacts of climate change.
- Talking Climate Change with Peers - Drexel students Garry Voltaire and Michael Martinez discuss ways to talk climate change with peers.
- Dinosaurs and Climate Change - Academy Paleontologist Ted Daeschler discusses the connection of climate and plate tectonics related to where dinosaurs have been found.
Resources on Talking About Climate Change
Resources on Managing Climate Change’s Emotional Toll
Click here to learn more about Drexel's Climate Year.