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Virtual Event at Ramapo College Focuses on the Youth Climate Movement and Upcoming Election

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 5, 2020

MAHWAH, N.J. — “Reaching the Turning Point: The Youth Climate Movement and the November Election” is the theme of an upcoming conference from the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Programs at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The event, sponsored by Ramapo Green, will be held virtually on October 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This is the second annual conference to highlight the importance of the youth climate movement.

“We truly are at a turning point. We know that we have only a short window to act on the climate crisis. And the November election has become a referendum on climate denial vs. climate action,” explained Ramapo Professor Michael Edelstein, co-organizer of the event and director of Ramapo’s Environmental Studies program. “Entering the fray and demanding real action are young people who can truly say that it is they who will bear the cost of inaction. Will they shape the outcome of the election? Will they win climate action? These are timely and important questions.”

Associate Professor Ashwani Vasishth, Chair of the President’s Committee on Campus Sustainability at Ramapo and Convener of the College Sustainability Program, will present climate change scenarios using the En-ROADS Simulation Tool, and will explain effective ways of communicating on climate change, generally speaking.

The event also will explore the different climate stances of the major candidates and input from youth climate leaders. Keynotes include Gabby Heidrich, Youth Engagement Program Coordinator of Climate Reality and Daphne Frias of Box the Ballot. Harriet Shugarman, author of How to Talk to Your Kids about Climate Change—Turning Angst to Action, will participate in a segment on Climate Communication entitled “How to talk to your parents about climate change.” Shugarman also will help conference goers write their own climate story.

For a full schedule and to register, attendees can visit

For more information, contact Professor Edelstein at or Professor Ashwani Vasishth at


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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