Social Justice Speaker and Discussion Series Continues on Oct. 4 with Tim DeChristopher
The series continues next Thursday, October 4, in Golisano 101 from 2 – 3:30 with a presentation and discussion entitled, Beyond Fatalism: Resistance and Resilience to Climate Change. The speaker, Tim DeChristopher, is a climate change activist and the co-founder of the environmental group Peaceful Uprising and the Climate Disobedience Center. As a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, Tim’s work combines environmental activism and religious thought. His career as an activist was launched by an act of civil disobedience in 2008, when he disrupted an oil and gas land auction to protect land parcels around Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. His efforts led to the protection of the land and his imprisonment for 21 months.
Drawing on his faith, his education, and his experiences as an environmental leader, Tim will speak about his work in creating a disciplined, nonviolent climate justice movement. How do we communicate about climate change in ways that resonate with people? How can we cope with the emotional weight of the climate crisis? How can we build solidarity with others and resist threats to the climate? These are some of the questions that will be fodder for discussion.
This event is part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Diversity Thursdays Series (Biodiversity is a critical type of diversity!), the Political Science Department’s Social Justice Speaker and Discussion Series, and is co-sponsored by the Environmental Science Program, the Sociology Department, and the Earth and Social Justice Program Houses.