Episode 07: The role of non-profits in the climate change response
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With San Patten of the College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University and San Patten and Associates

How can non-profits fill in the gaps that public and private bodies can't address in our local, national, and international response to climate change? What can we learn from how NGOs helped shift the conversation around HIV and AIDS? How does this apply to the climate crisis? San Patten addresses all this and more, while sharing one of the many impactful stories from her two decades of on-the-ground experience.


San Patten teaches at the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University. San also teaches Social Policy (by distance) at Mount Allison University’s Department of Sociology. With a background in health promotion, specifically focusing on HIV, she brings a human health and social justice perspective to her teaching. San puts heavy emphasis on real-world learning about the role of non-profit organizations in driving social, political, economic, and environmental change. San also runs her own consulting practice, San Patten and Associates, which specializes in HIV policy development, facilitation, program evaluation, and community-based research. 

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