When international experts gathered Nov. 14-15 for a 24-hour online climate change symposium, SJSU’s Eugene Cordero was invited to take a seat at the table.
The professor of meteorology and climate science appeared on four hour-long segments of “24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report.”
That included Hour 20, with former Vice President AL Gore and Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Richard Branson. The program is available online.
Cordero scored a second major victory recently: A video featuring his Green Ninja climate-action superhero received the people’s choice award at an international film festival.
The Green Screen: Climate Fix Flicks award included a $5,000 cash prize, which Cordero will use for students and faculty launching a Green Ninja web series.
Cordero’s research focuses on understanding climate variability through the use of observations and climate models.
He’s also interested in developing new methods for teaching climate change that engage and ultimately stimulate social change.
That’s where the Green Ninja comes in. The project aims to educate young people about our changing climate and then give them the tools to do something about it.
The award winning video, “Green Ninja: Footprint Renovation”, is about a man whose feet become gigantic because of the large carbon footprint of his home.
The Green Ninja was created through a unique campus collaboration between scientists, artists, and educators across five SJSU colleges.
The YouTube series, to be launched in early 2013, will connect with a larger audience while supporting teachers who want to bring innovative curriculum into their classrooms.