Richard Widick is a Sociologist and Visiting Scholar at the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at UN Santa Barbara, where he participates in the Environmental Justice and Climate Justice Studies Research Hub (EJ/CJ).
Oceans—the planetary heat sink, moderator of microclimates, machine of biodiversity. For climate change, critical sustainability, and climate justice studies… can there be a more immediate concern?
This month, for example, June 1 – June 5, 2020, the World Economic Forum hosted the Virtual Oceans Dialog (because COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of the Lisbon-planned conference). Follow these links and tune in to study the role of Oceans in Climate Change:
Speakers: Audun Lem, Jim Leape, Agnes Matilda Kalibata, Rosamond Naylor, David Nabarro, Shakuntala Thilsted, Giles Bolton
June 3, 2020 17:00 – 18:15CET
These and similar dialogs are crucial for learning and teaching about the role of Oceans in responding to climate change, exploring critical sustainability, and building climate justice studies.
Exploring the links above to this month’s Virtual Ocean Dialogs, you will find scores of archived discussion by the world’s most distinguished scientists, activists, politicians and activists.
These digital archives are a rich source of deliverable classroom resources, including the LiveStream and a live-updated blog to which the participants have posted dozens of additional resources.
It’s true that the challenge of addressing the role of Oceans in the Climate Crisis is daunting — but this page can be a resource for teachers across the disciplines trying to wrap their head around the problem.