UC-CSU NXTerra is both a Knowledge Action Network (KAN) and Digital Platform (web site) for teaching the climate crisis.

As part of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the sustainability efforts of the California State University system — our mission at NXTerra is to enable and scale up climate change education in California and across the world to reflect the rising urgency of the climate crisis.

We invite you to visit and explore the website, announce its arrival to others in your circles and networks, and give us your feedback to consider as we grow this collaborative network of educators into a global force for climate action solutions and a just transition to a sustainable “next earth” — NXTerra!

Please contact us with your ideas for joining us in this exciting new initiative!

The NXTerra team thanks you for your kind attention.

John Foran
Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara

Sarah Jaquette Ray
Professor of Environmental Studies
Humboldt State University

Richard Widick
Sociologist, Visiting Scholar, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara


1]  Brainstorming Summit:  California Collaborative for Climate Change Solutions (C4S)

Monday, November 18, 2019 at Overarching Solutions for a Rapidly Warming California: Public-Private Brainstorming Summit, UCLA: SESSION 1: Climate – Societal Transformation, Governance, and Adaptation.

Learn more about C4S:  https://californiaclimatesolutions.org/

2]  UNFCCC COP 25 Side Event — Enhancing the Paris Ambition: Universities and Science, Humanities and Arts Interfaces 4 Future Life

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 @ UNFCCC COP 25, Madrid, IFEMA Conference Center, Room 6, 18:30PM-20:00

Enhancing the Paris Ambition: Universities and Science, Humanities and Arts Interfaces 4 Future Life.  Creating alternative, visionary transdisciplinary solutions for knowledge production, climate justice education and engagement to work with, enhance, and accelerate the Paris ambition. The Knowledge, Culture, Climate Action COP25 Interface Symposium and the UC-CSU NXTerra platform and HSS 4 Future.  

Speakers: Dr Fiona Cameron, ICS, UWS, Assoc. Prof. Juan Salazar, ICS, UWS, Assoc. Prof. Maisa Rojas, Director, CR2, UC, Professor John Foran, Sociology, UCSB, Dr Michael K. Dorsey, Club of Rome / Sunrise co-founder, Professor Elisabeth Weber, German and Comparative Literature, UCSB .    

Contact:  Richard Widick, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies: rwidick@ucsb.edu

List of UNFCCC COP 25 Side Events:


3]  Environmental & Climate Change Literacy Project Summit (ECCLPS)

December11-12, 2019 @ UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, Los Angeles, CA



UC-CSU NXTerra is a Knowledge Action Network (KAN) and digital platform for climate educators, developed by faculty from the University of California and California State University systems.

Recognizing the severity of the climate crisis, we are driven by profound and renewed belief in the power of education to help reimagine and build a better, more sustainable and environmentally just world, or “next Earth.”

Although the scale of the problem demands that academia, the sciences, business, government, and the public quickly begin acting in concert to achieve the best possible outcomes, decades of inaction rooted in interest-driven policy disagreements have ushered in a new era of environmental and climate policy crises. The range of possible results includes widely divergent “next Earths” and any number of paths forward.

As University of California and California State University-based educators focused on climate change, critical sustainability, and climate justice studies, our responsibility could not be greater to our students—the generation that will forge the ideas that will determine which of the many possible “next Earths” we are creating will be our home.

To that end, NXTerra produces, curates, and delivers climate change, critical sustainability, and climate justice education resources for educators of every discipline—from the arts and humanities to the human and social sciences and the natural sciences—with a vision of sharing resources to accelerate climate education and action in California and beyond.

College-level educators in all fields who wish to enable their students to apply their knowledge in innovative ways to real-world problems will find here many resources — syllabi, videos and films, bibliographies of readings, lesson plans, modules, and more — to support them in teaching and collaborating with their students.

This ambitious and wide-ranging project invites everyone to imagine and co-create just transitions to the next Earth by reshaping our relationships with each other and the systems and institutions that determine the quality of life today for communities around the world.

By foregrounding the work of California State University and University of California educators, NXTerra seeks to further the sustainability and environmental literacy initiatives of the California State University system and the goals of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) of the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).

Our combined efforts are aimed at driving the deep culture shift inside our two university systems, and outside, in our global civil society.

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