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29 Sep 2020
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Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series: "How to Talk to Your Kids (or anyone!) About Climate Change, Turning Angst Into Action"

Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director, ClimateMama

The Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series is a weekly lecture hosting 12 speakers and 6 panelists in the Fall 2020 semester.

by Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director, ClimateMama


With catastrophic global warming already baked into the climate system, today's children face a future entirely unlike that of their parents. How can we maintain hope and make a difference in the face of overwhelming evidence of the climate crisis? As we live COVID19 and racial injustice reaches boiling points across the US, how can we connect the dots and inspire action? Harriet will discuss her new book, and how we can and must build hope and move forward on climate action even in these uncertain and unprecedented times.


Selected as a 2020 New York City Climate Hero and a 2019 featured speaker at the Global Engagement Summit at United Nations Headquarters, Harriet is a sought-after speaker, recognized nationally as an influencer and connector in the climate movement. Harriet is the Executive Director of ClimateMama, an on-line community that reaches individuals in over 110 countries and all 50 states. As a leader and mentor with The Climate Reality Project, Harriet chairs the Climate Reality NYC Metro Chapter and was the recipient of the Climate Reality 2017 Green Ring Award. Harriet’s new book: “How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change, Turning Angst to Action” May 2020, by New Society Publishers, is available wherever books are sold. Harriet has worked for more than 25 years in Canada and in the United States with governments, international organizations, and educational institutions on climate and sustainability issues as an economist, policy analyst, informal educator and an adjunct professor. Harriet teaches World Sustainability and Climate Change and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Harriet has a MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, and BA in International Relations & Economics from the University of British Columbia.


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