Hart House Global Commons 2019–2020

Climate Change in Focus: Sharing Stories from the Frontlines

Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and in many countries and places, the impacts have arrived. Climate change poses significant threats and disruption to all areas of life: health and disease, migration, food systems, economics, agriculture, the way we build and organize our communities, extreme weather and conflict. It intensifies racial and economic inequality, and it destabilizes communities and nations. 

Addressing and living with climate change requires a serious transformation of society and of our relationships to each other and to the world around us—we have work to do.

Please join us for an opportunity to share stories from the front lines as we hear from students around the globe about how they are experiencing and responding to the climate crisis. Share your story, listen and learn.  

The Hart House Global Commons is your opportunity to connect in real-time with students participating from international partner universities, to engage in dialogue and action around the climate crisis. Students participating directly from Colombia, Canada, France, South Africa, and the U.S.A. will connect for truly global discussions on one of the most pressing issues of our time. 

Entering its fourth year, the Hart House Global Commons Conference offers participants a unique, globally-networked opportunity to share perspectives and learn from and with each other as we discuss pressing global issues without borders, and seek to develop actions to address them.

Who it is for?

All students, regardless of discipline, year of study, or background are encouraged to register or drop-in to the Conferences. The Conference opportunity is meant for those who want to contribute and engage in the conversation, but may not be able to commit a lot of time. Cohort participants will also be attending the conference sessions and will offer perspectives, learnings, and ideas that have emerged from their discussions. Conferences will host guests, faculty, civil society actors, and others from around the world for fulsome global conversations.   

What you can expect to get out of the Conferences?

Join others in person on your own campus, engage in dialogue with other students both locally and globally, hear and share perspectives, work, and ideas. Guests will enhance the dialogue with their own stories and work, exploring how climate change is taking place in each location with a view to understanding shared experiences and opportunities for action.

Time Commitment?

Two hours for the Conference, plus we will share the Conference Discussion Guide and selected resources one week before the session. 

Guest Speakers

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Thu, Oct 17, 2019
  • Time & Duration: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (EST) (2h)
  • Cost:
    • General


  • Venues:
    • University of Toronto St. George Hart House, Music Room
    • University of Toronto Scarborough MW229
    • Indiana University Bloomington GA 1060
    • Universidad de los Andes TBD
    • University of Cape Town HOERI 3C
    • Sciences Po, Le Havre B-57
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