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We’re Emory students joining together to fight climate change. The Emory Climate Organization (ECO) is a student-led organization dedicated to increasing climate literacy and collaborating with others towards climate action, both at Emory University and abroad. We’re committed to educating our communities on various aspects of climate change science, policy, advocacy and action.

Because Emory is one of few universities approved as an official observer by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), we are in a unique position to participate in annual negotiating sessions at the forefront of international climate policy. We also hold sustainability-based public events in Atlanta, collaborate with campus organizations and other universities in Georgia, and engage individuals in climate news and developments through a robust social media and blog presence. Every March, we host the university’s official Climate Week. The seven-day on-campus exposition of climate change features diverse programs, from Ted-style lectures, to climate art shows, to documentary screenings and forest restoration volunteering events, in a testament to the interdisciplinary nature of climate change.

For a more in-depth look at ECO, please see their website.

History

The Emory Climate Organization (ECO) is made up of a diverse, interdisciplinary group of students at Emory University. The organization was created by the founding ECO members, who met in a Coalition of the Liberal Arts (CoLA) course focused on understanding climate change. As part of the class, students had the opportunity to attend COP21, the international climate change conference, where the groundbreaking Paris Agreements were drafted (plus, they met Jane Goodall!). They also had the opportunity to bring their work back to the states afterwards, from organizing events for Climate Week, to initiating efforts to push sustainability at Emory forward, and ultimately creating ECO. The new organization solidified its identity and mission: to educate and activate Emory’s community on climate literacy so that climate action can be taken immediately.


Mission Statement

We the students of Emory Climate Organization are dedicated to increasing climate literacy at Emory and beyond, and to working towards climate action at our university and in our larger community.

We are centrally committed to the principles of environmental justice and to educating our communities on various aspects of climate change science, policy, advocacy and action. We aim to connect the broad interests of our student body under the central issue of climate change, to work as a catalyst for the larger social change we want to see.

We affirm the Earth’s right to a healthful existence, its inhabitants’ (both human and non-human) rights to exist free from harm and with dignity, and to enacting change at multiple levels to manifest these principles.

The current executive board for the Emory Climate Organization (ECO) is as follows:

Co-Presidents: Zola Berger-Schmitz and Jennifer Fundora
Vice Presidents: Jubilee Park and Wenhao Sun
Treasurer: Katherine Ma
Chair of the General Body: Jessie Moore
Events and Logistics Head: Teresa Durham
Head of Outreach: Jamani Montague