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Reflections on Second Nature’s First Midwest Gathering

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Foster: encourage or promote the development of (something, typically something regarded as good) Reciprocal: given, felt, or done in return Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected Hope: a feeling of trust or a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain […]
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Reflections on the 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

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The 2024 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit was hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network in Long Beach, California, February 11-13, 2024. With over 450 attendees, this year’s Summit had the largest-ever turnout in the history of the event! Participants attended 35 sessions and heard inspiring keynote and plenary speakers on topics ranging from […]

Climate Action: Perseverance, Diversity & Passion

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After growing up in a small, progressive town, I don’t think I truly understood the global climate crisis until I was released, aka went to college, from what felt like my bubble. I was shocked, and unpleasantly surprised, about how common daily practices for me, such as recycling, using reusable water bottles or shopping local, […]

Eleven Colleges and Universities Receive $100,000 in Catalyst Grants from Second Nature to Support Climate Action Projects

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Eleven Colleges and Universities Receive $100,000 in Catalyst Grants from Second Nature to Support Climate Action Projects Up to $10,000 awarded to each institution during Campus Sustainability Month Boston, Massachusetts (October 23, 2023) – Second Nature, a national nonprofit working to accelerate climate action in and through higher education, announces the recipients of 11 Catalyst […]
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DEIAJ Toolkit – Background and Terminology

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Racial justice and climate justice are inextricably linked. From extreme weather, to air pollution and rising seas, climate change disproportionately impacts communities of color, immigrants, and low-income communities across the United States (U.S.). According to Mary Annaïse Heglar, a climate justice essayist and former writer-in-residence at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, climate change “started with conquest, […]
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Climate Justice Main Page – DEIAJ Toolkit

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This page was developed in partnership with Second Nature's member institutions to help accelerate the work of racial and climate justice in, and through, higher education. “Climate justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centered approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and […]
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We are learning, growing, and committed to moving beyond the land acknowledgement. Reflection We understand the importance of amplifying the voices, histories, knowledge, and lived experiences of communities that have been on the frontlines of multiple devastating crises. In the spirit of the Summit’s theme of fostering “courageous conversations and radical collaborations,” Second Nature and […]
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Climate Justice Pursuit Sessions and Webinars

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For those who joined us at the February, June, and/or October milestone of the Climate Action Pursuit, you can find links to our DEIJ and climate justice-focused sessions below by clicking on “Video from Sched” under each session title.* For more information on how to register for the final milestone in December, click here. *You […]
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Climate Justice Background and Terminology

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Racial justice and climate justice are inextricably linked. From extreme weather, to air pollution and rising seas, climate change disproportionately impacts communities of color, immigrants, and low-income communities across the United States (U.S.). According to Mary Annaïse Heglar, a climate justice essayist and former writer-in-residence at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, climate change “started with conquest, […]
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Climate Justice Key Challenges and Opportunities

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The following challenges and opportunities were identified by members of Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network and University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) during our Solutions-Oriented Live Virtual Exchanges (SOLVE) dialogues. These peer-to-peer interactions focused on the intersections of racial and climate justice within a higher education context and established a new community of practice among Climate […]
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