April 7, 2020

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NYU Washington DC's Global Leadership cohort hosted its second co-curricular session of the semester via webinar. This session focused on climate activism, in line with April as sustainability awareness month.

The discussion's featured guest speakers included Mike Tidwell, Director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN). Mike is an activist, filmmaker, and author who has been working in local and regional climate action here in Washington, DC for many years, particularly around energy generation and environmental justice issues. Judy Shapiro is an expert on Chinese environmental activism, whose newest book, China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet, is co-written with her scholarly partner, Yifei Li, who is a faculty member at NYU Shanghai. Judy directs the graduate program in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development at American University.

Please note that this webinar may have been recorded and was open to the NYU DC community only. 

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Judy Shapiro

Judy Shapiro

Judith Shapiro is the director of the Masters in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development for the School of International Service at American University. She was one of the first Americans to live in China after U.S.-China relations were normalized in 1979, and taught English at the Hunan Teachers’ College in Changsha, China. She has also taught at Villanova, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the Southwest Agricultural University in Chongqing, China. She is a visiting professor at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University.

Mike Tidwell

Mike Tidwell

Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.. He is also an author and filmmaker who predicted in vivid detail the Katrina hurricane disaster in his 2003 book Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana’s Cajun Coast. His most recent book, focusing on Katrina and global warming, is titled The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities. His 2004 documentary film, We Are All Smith Islanders, vividly depicts the dangers of global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C.