Bradley Joins Event to Help Fight Climate Despair

March 15, 2022

Gas prices are soaring and people are already feeling the pinch in their pocketbooks. The need for more affordable and easily accessible alternatives to oil has been known for quite some time. With increasing knowledge and growing acceptance about climate change, people are starting to recognize these burdens that are impacting them, their families and their livelihoods.

According to a 2020 survey regarding climate change, 40% of Americans feel helpless and 29% feel hopeless about climate change. "The Worldwide Teach-in on Climate and Justice: A Campus-Wide Call to Action" happening later this month is set to combat these statistics.

On March 30, 2022, 1000 communities from around the globe, including Bradley University, will join forces in person and online to learn how they can make a difference in solving one of the most pressing issues facing humanity. This one-day teach-in will focus on developing just solutions, as well as taking action to stabilize the climate and develop resilience to the global impacts of climate change. Bard College, the organizer of this event, believes "we have the tools, technology, business models and networks to work together to stop global warming."

This event is free and open to the public. It will include multiple faculty and community panels, as well as a Q&A session. The excitement will begin at 6 p.m. when the Bradley Jazz Combo will play on the front steps of Bradley Hall. The official program will take place in Neumiller Lecture Hall (on the first floor of Bradley Hall) and will begin at 6:30 p.m., with plans to conclude around 10 p.m.

Bradley's teach-in is sponsored by Bradley's Office of Global Studies and Initiatives, Center for STEM Education, Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.