Monday, July 22, 2019 - 18:30 to 20:00

What role should universities play on global issues like the climate crisis?

The world we live in today is more seamless, more interconnected, and more global than ever before. Challenges such as the climate crisis, political polarization, and poverty aren’t isolated to any one nation or region of the planet. Solving them will require ambitious ideas, bold action, and a global approach.

The University of British Columbia, in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, is proud to host an in-depth conversation between UC President and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa Ono focused on the role that universities should play on global issues like the climate crisis.

Universities’ convening power, their deep community ties, their subject-matter expertise, and the energy of their students, faculty and staff make them an invaluable resource to urgently solve the world’s most intractable problems. With their emphasis on cutting-edge research and innovation in the interest of the public good, the University of California and the University of British Columbia are well-positioned to lead the way towards a future that is sustainable and thriving for all.

The conversation will be followed by an open audience Q&A with the speakers.

Tickets cost $10. All proceeds go to the UBC Climate Hub. A drinks reception follows the lecture. 




This event is presented in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, the University of California, UBC Campus + Community Planning, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability.

Jack Poole Hall Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver, V6T 1Z1. Map.

UC3 Summit
The University Climate Change Coalition (UC3) Vancouver Summit on July 22-23, 2019 will bring together the leaders of top research universities, philanthropists, environment ministers, municipalities, utilities, and non-governmental organizations to discuss higher education’s role in limiting global GHG emissions and associated temperature rises to under 2ºC.

Territory Acknowledgement 
The UBC Vancouver campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.