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Climate Wise Women Stop By Northwestern

Panel discussion about women’s global response to climate change

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April 8, 2010 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- This month, four women -- community activists from the South Pacific Islands, Uganda and Mississippi -- began a 30-city, 18-country speaking tour. On Tuesday, April 13, the foursome will present "Climate Wise Women: A Conversation on Women's Global Response to Climate Change" at Northwestern University.

Part of the spring quarter Environmental Policy and Culture Program's Speaker Series, this special, free and public event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston.

Rashmi Ramawamy, architect and co-founder of SHED Studio, will deliver keynote remarks at the April 13 event. SHED is a Chicago partnership with a commitment to sustainability, social justice issues and design innovation.

The Climate Wise Women -- including a community leader from Mississippi, a climate change journalist from the Cook Islands and a rural farmer from Uganda -- will discuss the effects of climate change on women, children, families and communities around the world.

Throughout their tour, the Climate Wise Women will hold conversations with high-profile academics, scientists, artists, religious leaders, urban planners, rural agriculture experts, government officials and local activists. They will share their own experiences and advance an agenda that they believe can be acted on now to guarantee a safe, just and sustainable future for everyone on the planet.

Mark Sheldon, distinguished lecturer in philosophy at Northwestern, will moderate the Northwestern discussion. Guest panelists also will include a representative from the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, a Chicago neighborhood group working for environmental clean up and clean energy.

The Climate Wise Women this spring will visit cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Their tour will continue in Asia and the Pacific in fall 2010 and in Europe in spring 2011.  For a full schedule, visit www.climatewisewomen.org.

The Climate Wise Women program at Northwestern is sponsored by the Environmental Policy and Culture Program, International Studies Program, the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), One Book One Northwestern and Students for Ecological and Environmental Development. For further information, call (847) 491-7980 or visit http://www.wcas.northwestern.edu/epc/news/.