From Paris to Scotland to Minnesota: What is Next for Climate Change?

via Zoom

2019 was the second warmest year on record and marked the end of the warmest decade ever recorded (UN). Climate change affects every country on every continent. It disrupts economies and affects lives. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme. In November 2021, all eyes were on Scotland for COP26 as climate experts and world leaders “united to tackle climate change” (COP26). Outcomes of the meeting form a foundation that could enable a scaling up of climate action at the national and even local level. 

In this 10th webinar of a series on issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals, a panel of scholars and practitioners will discuss what they are doing to combat climate change right here in Minnesota. From on the ground work to save Minnesota’s trees and forests, to community engagement in every corner of our state, to exciting new researcher/agency collaborations, our panelists will offer examples and insights on where progress is being made, where more work is needed and where we go from here. Comments and discussion will focus on SDG #13 Climate Action targets


  • Julie Etterson, Department Head and Professor, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, UMD
  • Heidi Roop, Assistant Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Climate and U of M Extension Specialist in Climate Science, UMN
  • Olivia LeDee, Acting Federal Director, U.S. Geological Survey - Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center


  • Karen Brown, PhD, Co-Lead UMN Sustainable Development Goals Initiative, University of Minnesota
  • Katey Pelican, DVM, PhD, Co-Lead UMN Sustainable Development Goals Initiative, University of Minnesota

This webinar is hosted by the University of Minnesota Sustainable Development Goal Initiative in partnership with the Office for Public Engagement.




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