Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

The Power of Storytelling: New Narratives to Avert Climate Crisis​

Date and Time
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT
The Power of Storytelling: New Narratives to Avert Climate Crisis​


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This is the second webinar in the free "Global Coalition for Community Climate Action" series, a leadership development initiative presented by American University of Beirut, Duke University, EARTH University, and The University of Texas at Austin.

Join international climate scholars and practitioners to better understand the challenges and to explore strategies for effective community action across the world. The program's experts from the Global South and North will engage participants across disciplines to generate fresh ideas and create new partnering networks.

It is ever more urgent to address human-caused climate change, but a global consensus to get the job done remains elusive. Will it be possible to hold global temperature rise to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels, as recommended by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? Even when solutions seem within reach, political pushback and imbedded cultural patterns hamstring progress. Can we help find a path to widespread acceptance and adoption of policy actions and practices that will slow and eventually reverse the planet's warming in time to avoid major, widespread ecological and human community collapse?


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  • Ryan E. Emanuel, professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University
  • Ayomide Fatunde, sustainable mobility expert for Daimler AG
  • Betty Sue Flowers, former director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum and an emerita professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Amanda Janoo, knowledge and policy lead at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll)
  • Dirk Philipsen, associate research professor of economic history at the Sanford School of Public Policy and senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University