2022 Thakore Visiting Scholar Lecture: "Climate Activism at SFU"

October 03, 2022

SFU350, 2022 Thakore Visiting Scholar

Monday, October 3, 6:00–8:00PM, Room 1400–1410, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities, SFU's Institute for the Humanities, & The Thakore Charitable Foundation

Thakore Visiting Scholar Award 

The Thakore Visiting Scholar Award has been awarded annually since 1991 at Simon Fraser University. It honours individuals who have devoted their lives to “creativity, commitment, and a deep concern for truth in public life, which includes, but is not limited to, showing the connection between academic values and critical public spirit." The award also recognizes commitment to Gandhi’s ideals of truth, non-violence, social justice, religious tolerance, education, and ethics in politics. In addition to these principles, the award adds racial equality and concern for balance between industry and the environment.

This year's award recipient is SFU350 for their commitment to climate justice and systemic change in solidarity with intersecting movements.

For further details on the award, past recipients, and the other events of the annual Gandhi Jayanti, please visit http://gandhijayanti.com.

SFU350, 2022 Thakore Visiting Scholar

Simon Fraser University has a rich history of student activism and recent years have seen a surge in climate-related actions. SFU350 is a student-led group dedicated to engaging the university in climate justice and while recent victories have been encouraging, the group is eager to continue striving for greater changes.

Operating on the unceded territories of the səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, on which SFU Burnaby is located, SFU350 has been active since 2013 and is known as “SFU350” because 350ppm of CO2 represents the safe amount of carbon dioxide for our atmosphere––currently, we sit at over 400ppm of CO2. 

SFU350 is dedicated to creating meaningful impacts through various campaigns. By directly lobbying those in positions of power, SFU350 has generated impetus for positive change at the highest level. The club ensures equity, sustainability, and Indigenous sovereignty are centered in all campaigns and has a dedicated working group active with the express purpose of advocating for climate justice. 

As this year's Thakore Visiting Scholar, the first student group to receive this award, SFU350 will discuss their formation, current campaigns, and future plans to further engage the SFU community on- and off-campus in tackling climate change. The panel will be followed by a reception.

Panelists

Liam Mackay (he/him) is an undergraduate student in Environmental Science with a specialization in applied biology. He is the co-president of SFU350, and a member of the Core Leadership team. He is working to address the goals of the SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan through participation in the SFU Food Emissions working group. He has worked closely with executive members of the SFU administration, and has presented to the SFU Board of Governors; he is a member of the SFU Climate Coalition along where he collaborates with Embark Sustainability and ChangeSFU; and he has been involved in various other climate action campaigns, such as the Fossil Fuel Nonproliferation Treaty motion in the city of New Westminster.

Paige Hunter (she/her) is an undergraduate student in Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University and the lead of SFU350's Climate Education working group. As part of her work with SFU350 she has been part of the Climate Literacy, Education, and Skills working group alongside SFU students, staff, and faculty to address goals of the SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan. She has worked with the Action on Climate Team as a research assistant since 2020, and has also worked with the BC Ministry of Forests. Her research background includes climate justice, green infrastructure, and local government climate policy.

Skye Noh (she/her) is a fourth-year Sustainable Business joint major student at Simon Fraser University. Born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, Skye’s journey in the environmental movement is fueled by her passion for climate justice and interest in using capital flows for transformative change. Her past youth leadership experience includes positions as the former SFU350 Co-President, an impact analyst at RADIUS Social Innovation Hub, an ESG analyst at the Beedie Endowment Asset Management fund, a League of Innovators Labs Batch 3 Founder, a Canada 150 Youth Delegate, and a TEDx Youth Speaker. She is currently a member of Re_Generation (formerly known as the Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development) on the career development and curriculum change team.

Pranjali J Mann (she/her) is a third year communications major and international studies minor student at SFU. Along with working as a Research Assistant with Digital Democracies Institute and News Writer for The Peak, she is actively involved with the community, volunteering with progressive social organizations both on and off- campus.