ACC Peace and Conflict Center hosts all-day Climate Symposium

Austin Community College District (ACC) invites students, employees, and the community to the 9th annual Peace & Conflict Studies Spring Symposium. This year’s theme is “Climate Science, Climate Justice: Personal and Civic Action.”  The symposium begins at 8:15 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, at ACC Highland Campus in the Presentation Hall.

Hosted by ACC’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, the symposium invites participants to explore the current state of climate change and its anticipated impacts. Participants also will discuss climate justice and an advocacy framework. Participants will also be able to see performances and exhibitions from ACC students.

“As a young adult fighting for change. We can’t deny that we’re restricted in so many ways. Voting and urging leaders to fight for our interests,” says Elisabeth Placencio, ACC student and performer. “What inspired my piece is that the young generation is stepping up to each challenge and taking every punch thrown at them, and they do their best to make of the situation. I see how much fight is in their eyes, and I see hope for a better future.”

The keynote speaker, Professor Benjamin Kirtman, will discuss the physical basis for climate change science. He will highlight the scientific understanding of how extreme weather events are predicted and projected to change over the next few decades.

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