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Cornell Faculty and Students Attend COP24

At the 24th Conference of the Parties, or “COP24” in Poland, 17 Cornell students and six professors worked with NGOs and attended workshops to create solutions for climate change problems.

The conference lasted from Deccember 3 to 17. The delegation was a part of the Global Climate Science and Policy class, taught by four professors, including the director of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions Prof. Allison Chatrchyan, development sociology.

Every student spent the semester preparing for the conference by working with a non-profit organization in improving its international presence. Students studied domestic and international environmental policies in order to produce well-informed deliverables in partnership with their respective organizations.

Julie Kapuvari ’19 worked with the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), a NGO based in Cameroon, “to produce a curriculum to engage high school students in farming techniques that mitigate and adapt to climate change induced events, such as droughts and floods.”

At the conference, Kapuvari and her classmates attended workshops and interacted with experts from around the world. During breaks, they answered questions at the University’s booth and talked with delegates from Ghana, Australia, Denmark and Great Britain, among others. Martha Torres ’19 found the experience to be “motivating, enlightening, and tiring.” She emphasized that climate change is an important issue because it is an inevitable force that will affect us all.

“New York State (working with Cornell) is working to create emergency plans for coastal communities which are likely to suffer the most immediate consequences of sea level changes,” she said in an email to the Sun.

“This includes not just NYC and the cities on the Atlantic, but all of the Hudson river communities as well as the towns that border the Great Lakes [like Ithaca],” Torres added.

While the students were frustrated and disappointed by United State’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, Kapuvari argued that “the people are the real delegates of our country” and urged students to stay engaged by joining “local activist organizations such as Climate Justice Cornell,” of which Kapuvari is the General Body Organizer.

- Amanda H. Cronin, Cornell Daily Sun, 1/22/19


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News and Events

"Practicing Peace for Climate Justice: Haudenosaunee Knowledge in Global Context"

The goal of this event is to engage the Haudenosaunee Great Law of Peace as a multifaceted legal and philosophical system well suited to address the political and environmental crises of our times.

Sotsisowah (John Mohawk) wrote in "A Basic Call to Consciousness" that in Haudenosaunee teachings peace is not defined as the absence of strife but rather as the active striving for universal justice. This panel event recognizes the Haudenosaunee confederacy to be the most venerable continuously functioning democratic governance system on the planet.

As a response to climate change, the Great Law of Peace constitutes a provocative alternative to the presiding logics of racial capitalism, accumulation by dispossession, and endless war. The Great Law inspired the formation of liberal democracy, anchors Haudenosaunee peoples as they maintain a land base in the most powerful countries in the world, and can guide the pursuit of justice within an increasingly militarized climate crisis.

This event asserts that the Great Law has teachings for all, yet the Great Law must also be about forwarding just futures for Haudenosaunee lands and peoples, such as the Cayuga people, whose land Cornell University occupies. The panel strives to illuminate Haudenosaunee concepts of reason, power, righteousness, and the good mind as practical means for re-orienting peace in response to climate change.

The event is co-hosted by Cornell University’s Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) and the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP).


Kayenesenh Paul Williams, Esq., Onondaga, of Six Nations, legal scholar and Indigenous rights advocate, the author of Kayanerenkó:wa: The Great Law of Peace (2018).

Agnes F. Williams, MSW, Seneca of Cattaraugus Territory, peace and environmental justice advocate, founder of the Indigenous Women’s Network and Indigenous Women’s Initiatives.

Atsenhaieton Kenneth Deer, Mohawk Nation at Kahnawake, journalist and educator, Haudenosaunee representative on the Long March to Rome, a delegation and movement seeking the revocation of the Doctrine of Discovery.

Wa’kerakats:te Louise McDonald, Condoled Bear Clan Mother of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation at Akwsasne, founding member of the Konon:kwe Council, a grassroots organization that develops and advances policies to end domestic violence.

When: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 4:30-6:30 pm

Where: Cayuga Lands, Biotech G10, 215 Tower Rd., Cornell University

Who: Open to the Public, Free

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Friday, March 29, 2019
9:00 - 11:00 am
Tompkins County Public Library
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Ithaca, NY 14850

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