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COP26: Reflections from the Global Climate Conference & Implications for UW

About the Event

As a UN registered Research & Independent Non-Governmental Organization (RINGO), UW sent three official delegates to the UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP 26. These delegates were UW’s three “observers” participating in the meetings, appointed by the Office of Global Affairs.

EarthLab and the Office of Global Affairs have invited the three UW delegates to communicate with the broader UW community their reflections on the global conference and what we – as a university and as individuals – might do to follow up.

Kristie Ebi, Professor, Center for Health and the Global Environment
Deb Morrison, Research Scientist, College of Education
Maya Tolstoy, Incoming Dean, College of the Environment

Ben Packard, EarthLab
Jeff Riedinger, Vice Provost, Office of Global Affairs

Dec 16, 2021 02:30 PM PT


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2021 Nature and Health Conference Reaches a Global Audience

Future Rivers Film Series Presents: Into Dust

Ocean Nexus Center Virtual Open House

Nature and Health Spring Talks: Health Equity & Nature

On Wednesday, April 28, Nature and Health is hosting two presentations about the intersection of health equity and nature in the context of structural racism, #BlackLivesMatter and COVID-19. We invite you to learn more about these important talks and register for them below.

10 AM: The Health of the Country Depends Upon the Health of Negroes: Nature of Pandemics and Protests in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Presented by Jennifer D. Roberts, assistant professor, department of kinesiology, School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park. In 1906, W. E. Burghardt DuBois said, “The health of the whole country depends in no little degree upon the health of Negroes,” in an effort to discredit theories of biological racial inferiority and perpetuate an understanding that African American health was “largely due to the condition of living, rather than to marked racial weaknesses.”

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12 PM: Racial Hierarchy, Race Narrative and the Institutions that Sustain Them

Presented by Gail C. Christopher, retired senior advisor and vice president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), where she was the driving force behind the America Healing initiative and the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation effort. She will speak on achieving equity through getting rid of the fallacy people have in the belief in the hierarchy of human value and on the modern structures of racial healing as outlined in the TRHT model.

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Future Rivers Spring Speaker Series

Missed an EarthLab event? There’s a video for that

We had a lot of fun this quarter planning and sharing our events with you. From learning about about Indigenous knowledge in museums to understanding how a community led organization and UW co-created research on health disparities to discussing how the 2020 Latinx vote may impact climate change policy, we aimed to showcase a variety of voices and thought-provoking topics at the intersection of the environment and justice.

If you weren’t able to attend one of our events this quarter, you still have an opportunity to “attend” by watching one of our recordings. We’ve also included a few must-see events from our member organizations. 

EarthLab 202 Autumn Quarter Events

Creating a Tool for Change: How UW Researchers and Community Partners Co-Produced the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map | Lunch and Learn Series | October 13, 2020 | Presented by Esther Min and Deric Gruen

How We Present Native Knowledge is Environmental Justice: A Case for Indigenous Storytelling in Museums | EarthLab Salon Series | December 1, 2020 | Presented by Racquel West and Owen Oliver

Public lands in public hands: innovations in outdoor recreation science and stewardship | Nature and Health Speaks Series | December 2, 2020 | Presented by Nature and Health

From Cliffs to Coasts: Stories of Building Climate Resilience | CIG 25th Anniversary Series | December 3, 2020 | Presented by Climate Impacts Group

Ocean Memory for Changing Times | Lunch and Learn Series | December 9, 2020 | Presented by Jody Deming and Daniel Kohn

Latino Vote in 2020 Elections: Implication for Climate Policy | Environmental Conversations Series | December 10, 2020 | Presented by Gary Segura

Indigenous Speaker Series | Monthly | Presented by the Northwest Indian College-Nez Perce 

Want to collaborate on a future event? Please email us at earthlab@uw.edu.

Future Rivers Graduate Trainee Program Information Session

Future Rivers is a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship graduate program that prepares students to be fluent in 21st century data science approaches and to understand interactions among and within food, water, and energy sectors in order to advance environmental sustainability.

Program Director Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve and Program Manager Athena Bertolino will present details on the Future Rivers program and answer questions. The team invites any interested students, faculty, or advisors to join them virtually. The online session will be recorded and distributed to registrants who are unable to attend live.

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Register Here

The application for 2021/22 will open in November, with acceptance and funding decisions made in early 2021. Applications are open to both Masters and PhD – prospective or current – University of Washington students in any graduate degree program on campus.


Slipping Through the Cracks: Racism and the struggle for equity in the field of conservation

Thank you for joining us and listening to our panelists discuss their experiences as members of the BIPOC community and co-conspirators working in and around the field of conservation.

This event explored how racism and other issues of social injustice are connected to climate injustice and work against the goals of conservation.



Chris Schell

Assistant Professor at University of Washington, Tacoma

Chris Schell is an urban ecologist whose research integrates evolutionary theory with ecological application to disentangle the processes accentuating human-carnivore conflict. Specifically, Chris’ interests lie in understanding the endocrine mechanisms that underpin carnivore behavior, as well as explicitly examining the anthropogenic drivers (i.e. human densities, roadways, pollution, interactions) that select for bold, habituated, and less fearful individuals in metropolitan areas.


Ursula Valdez

Lecturer at University of Washington, Bothell

Ursula is a Lecturer at the University of Washington, Bothell. Her teaching is focused on the theory and application of topics in ecology (tropical and temperate systems), conservation, ornithology, natural history, human connections with the environment and field biology. In her courses, she provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the processes and mechanisms that explain the interactions of species with their environments and other species, including the critical role that humans have on them.


Aaron Soto-Karlin

Anthropologist & Filmmaker

Aaron is an anthropologist, filmmaker and innovation consultant who has documented the effects of deforestation on indigenous populations in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama and Brazil. He spent 10 years following the design and roll-out of California’s forest carbon cooperation program with Mexico and Brazil, where he alternated between roles as a researcher, union representative and storyteller. He’s proud to have supported the formation of an international movement to include local and indigenous communities in the management of protected areas and ownership of carbon credit programs. A Fulbright fellowship to examine pharmaceutical bioprospecting in Chiapas sparked his participation in the environmental justice movement.


LaTashia Treise

Senior Program Manager at Seattle Works

LaTashia has over 10 years of experience working with non-profits and individuals of various ages, socio-economic status, and cultural backgrounds. LaTashia grew up in a rural town in Iowa where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Buena Vista University in Psychology, Human Services, and a minor in sociology. After graduating, she worked at a local youth shelter working with families and teens teaching behavioral health skills. LaTashia also taught Zumba, performed in theater shows, and volunteered in the community including clean up, community events, and mentoring at-risk youth.


Cassie Whitebread

Program Manager at Seattle Works

Cassie is an east coast native with experience working in education and the non-profit sector. She’s channeled her inner Bill Nye (minus the bowtie) as a middle school science teacher in Philadelphia, PA, run a volunteer training program on community composting and taught outdoor environmental education to youth ages 6-15. Cassie holds a B.A. in Human Services with minors in Wildlife Conservation and Urban Education from the University of Delaware and a M.S. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania.


Jasmmine Ramgotra

Founder of Culture Shift & Student at University of Washington

Jasmmine is a performer, choreographer, visual artist, student and social change agent who believes in making change through art. She is the founder of Culture Shift, a group that seeks to make art accessible to everyone and to expand our knowledge through new forms of expression. She is studying Environmental Studies at the University of Washington in order to focus on people, the economy and social justice in addition to environmental science.

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