Event: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Event: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson
Event: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Following Naomi Klein’s talk in Spring 2020, The Climate Action Capacity Project, funded by the Erol Foundation, is thrilled to host, in collaboration with groups across campus, this critical event on Nov 12th from 6-7:30pm!

When climate change looms large, the pandemic has no definitive end in sight, racism and racial injustices continue to compound, the US election is uncertain, and everything feels overwhelming, what do you do? How do you find your way to meaningful action? Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson will join us virtually for a special conversation about their experiences and draw on insights from their new book, “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis,“ a collection of essays by women spanning backgrounds, approaches, and generations at the forefront of the climate movement.

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities, and founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv , a consulting firm for conservation solutions. Johnson is the co-host of Gimlet Media’s How to Save a Planet, co-created the Blue New Deal, and has written and presented widely on hope, strategy, and the intersections of race, racism and the climate crisis. 



Dr. Katharine Keeble Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and teacher working to heal the planet we call home. Her writings include The Drawdown Review (2020), the New York Times bestseller Drawdown (2017), and Between God & Green (2012), which The Boston Globe dubbed “a vitally important, even subversive, story.” She is a vice president at Project Drawdown, where she leads the organization’s editorial, creative, and communication work on climate solutions. She recently launched the “A Matter of Degrees” podcast.

Cosponsors include: MCAB, Franklin Environmental Center, SNEG, New Perrenials Project, Innovation Hub, among others.

Film Series: Water, Justice, Power

Join us for three film screenings in the Water, Power, and Justice Film Series where we will watch and discuss documentaries focused on water contamination in marginalized communities across North America, and the World. 

Flint: The Poisoning of an American City 

Date: March 30th at 7pm 

This documentary follows the events before, during, and after the Flint water crisis in 2014. It sheds light on the environmental neglect and environmental racism that occurred during this crisis and the effects that this abuse had on the individuals in Flint. Many of us are aware of the Flint water crisis, but this documentary lets us into the homes and lives of the people living there and combines interviews with residents, experts, and committee hearings to dig deeper into the crisis.  

There’s Something in the Water 

Date: April 26, 7-9pm

This Canadian documentary highlights three communities deeply affected by the rampant environmental racism present in Nova Scotia. Elliot Page (the producer and director) speaks with Black and Indigenous women about how the pollution of their water has affected their families, friends, and neighborhood, and dives into why the outrageous health effects have been left unaddressed by the government. 

Flow: For the Love of Water

Date: May 18, 7-9pm

This 2008 documentary focuses on the global water crisis, water privatization, and pollution. Through interviews with activists, experts, and communities world-wide, Flow highlights the issues of agricultural pollutants and massive corporations controlling local water resources. Although this is a relatively old film, it introduces topics that are still relevant and pervasive today.  

Other Past Events

  • Holistic Futures Circles

    What is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of interconnection, interdependence and holistic healing? Franklin Environmental Center Artist in Residence Dr. Carolyn Finney, Sophia Calvi, and Tara Federoff are holding circle to continue exploration into what holistic sustainability and futures can look like in a changing world.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    “The Intersection of Disability and Climate Change” by David Liebmann ‘91, 2021 Sustainability Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

    Climate change is an existential threat. But for people living with a disability — an estimated 15% of the global population — the threat, compounded by discrimination, marginalization, and other pre-existing inequalities, is even greater. This colloquium will weave together personal and professional stories with a call to action that brings this challenge into focus.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Holistic Futures Circles

    What is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of interconnection, interdependence and holistic healing? Franklin Environmental Center Artist in Residence Dr. Carolyn Finney, Sophia Calvi, and Tara Federoff are holding circle to continue exploration into what holistic sustainability and futures can look like in a changing world.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Emily St. John Mandel in Conversation

    Acclaimed author Emily St. John Mandel will bring her work and perspectives to Middlebury College in this special reading, Q&A and book signing. 

     

    This event is in-person and open to the public.

    Can’t make it? A recording will be available February 16-March 1, 2024 at https://vimeo.com/911642948

    Password: EmilyMidd2024

     

    Wright Theatre

    Open to the Public
  • Exploring an Indigenous Just Transition: Conversation with Earl Hatley

    Earl Hatley will join Middlebury College for a conversation on the essential and critical frameworks we need to have when discussing a just transition in Vermont, the USA, and globally. Hatley argues that, at this moment, the transition away from fossil fuels towards solar, wind, and battery storage heavily depends on precious minerals like copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt, and many more. Where are these natural resources being extracted from?

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Moving $: Building Equity Through Redistribution

    Moving $$ is a grassroots collaborative of individuals who believe that real equity cannot occur without a systemic redistribution of control over money and land. Come to this session to hear about our organizing journey, how to understand and navigate funding landscapes, and learn how to claim your own power in movement building and courageously commit to activating your sphere of influence to redistribute power to Black and Brown communities.

    Presenters include
    Jean Hamilton ‘04 (she/her), Concerned community member

    Davis Family Library 201- Watson Lecture Hall

    Open to the Public
  • Climate Compass Workshop with The All We Can Save Project

    If you are seeking clarity, courage, and community on your climate journey, this Climate Compass workshop is for you. Over the course of two hours, with facilitation support from Amy Curtis of The All We Can Save Project, participants will engage in exercises to uncover inner clarity — around motivations, values, and superpowers — and external clarity — around climate solutions, context, and community. The insights you unearth will help you create a personalized Climate Compass, a navigational tool for visualizing your climate “north star.”

    Axinn Center 220

    Closed to the Public
  • What Happened at COP28? A re-cap conversation with Bill McKibben.

    Join us for a close up view of the UAE COP28 climate talks with Bill McKibben! The Conference of the Parties, or COP, is an annual international climate negotiation hosted by the United Nations. As a veteran observer and participant in COP and so many other global climate efforts, McKibben will share his thoughts on the significance of this year’s events, as well as what is on the horizon for 2024, and important opportunities for action. This is an in-person event only. Event will be recorded.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Starting from a Single Tree: an Ecological and Cultural Perspective on Ancient Forests of the Pacific Coast And Beyond

    Dan Well’s presentation, Starting from a Single Tree: an Ecological and Cultural Perspective on Ancient Forests of the Pacific Coast And Beyond, will start at the base of Iluvatar, a nearly 1700-year-old Coast Redwood Tree, and gradually expand our view outward, exploring ecology, culture and their intersections. Modern ecology tells us in a new language what many traditions from Buddhism to Indigenous North American beliefs have long known—that the world is deeply interconnected and interdependent not only more complex than we know, but more complex than we CAN know.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Holistic Futures Circles

    Last year’s “Dreaming Into Being” Circles with Carolyn Finney and Sophia Calvi invited Midd community members to question: what is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other, and the planet? This year, Carolyn, Sophia, and Tara Federoff are reviving these circles to continue our conversation and exploration into what holistic sustainability really means in the world that we live in today and what better, more just, and holistic futures look like.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    ENVS 0401 A Community Engaged Practicum Student Presentations: Inclusive Paths Forward: Navigating a Sustainable Decarbonized Future for All

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Holistic Futures Circles

    Last year’s “Dreaming Into Being” Circles with Carolyn Finney and Sophia Calvi invited Midd community members to question: what is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other, and the planet? This year, Carolyn, Sophia, and Tara Federoff are reviving these circles to continue our conversation and exploration into what holistic sustainability really means in the world that we live in today and what better, more just, and holistic futures look like.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Capital Markets Meet the Environmental Markets

    Capital Markets Meet the Environmental Markets: The Importance of Private Finance in Accelerating our Transition to Clean Energy 

    Jack Klinck ’85, P’17.5 & ’20 will return to campus for a conversation moderated by students Emma Binks ‘23.5 (Environmental Economics) and Arjun Kumar ‘25.5 (International and Global Studies). They will discuss how capital market infrastructure can be leveraged to propel us towards a quicker and just transition to a carbon free world.

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Open to the Public
  • Holistic Futures Circles

    Last year’s “Dreaming Into Being” Circles with Carolyn Finney and Sophia Calvi invited Midd community members to question: what is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other, and the planet? This year, Carolyn, Sophia, and Tara Federoff are reviving these circles to continue our conversation and exploration into what holistic sustainability really means in the world that we live in today and what better, more just, and holistic futures look like.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • The Oil Machine: Film Screening and Director Chat

    Join us for a screening of the much-buzzed about film, “The Oil Machine,” followed by a Q&A with Director, Emma Davie. Facilitated by James Sanchez.

    Oil has been an invisible machine at the core of our economy and society. It now faces an uncertain future as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Open to the Public
  • Holistic Futures Circles

    Last year’s “Dreaming Into Being” Circles with Carolyn Finney and Sophia Calvi invited Midd community members to question: what is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other, and the planet? This year, Carolyn, Sophia, and Tara Federoff are reviving these circles to continue our conversation and exploration into what holistic sustainability really means in the world that we live in today and what better, more just, and holistic futures look like.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Environmental Studies Program Fall Cider Social

    Come meet fellow Environmental Studies majors, minors, and faculty. Learn more about the major and opportunities in the program and get any questions answered prior to spring registration. Prospective majors and minors are also encouraged to attend. Apples, cider, and cider doughnuts will be served.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Musings Zine Release

    Tea, snacks, and poetry reading from Climate Action fellow Marlow Saucier’s much anticipated Zine!
    Come to listen, stay to share your own art, ideas, and passions. Let us ponder together how we will create meaning and beauty in these times.

    Gifford Gamut Room

  • Holistic Futures Circles

    Last year’s “Dreaming Into Being” Circles with Carolyn Finney and Sophia Calvi invited Midd community members to question: what is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other, and the planet? This year, Carolyn, Sophia, and Tara Federoff are reviving these circles to continue our conversation and exploration into what holistic sustainability really means in the world that we live in today and what better, more just, and holistic futures look like.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Alumni Panel: Applying to Graduate School in Chemistry-Related Fields

    Come hear alums share their insights on the graduate school application and selection process. Panelists will represent diverse areas of chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, and related interdisciplinary fields, as well as myriad grad years and career aspirations. The session will be moderated by Professor Molly Costanza-Robinson (Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Program for Environmental Studies).

    No registration necessary.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • "Dolores" Film Screening - Releaf x CAP!

    The Climate Action Program and Vermont Releaf Collective (@vtreleafcollective) is happy to announce that we are co-hosting a FREE screening with FREE food (from @donaalejandratacos) of the documentary, Dolores (2016)! 

    Thursday Oct 26, 5:30-8:45 PM.
    RSVP right here.
    Directions to AXN 232 available in the RSVP link.

    Axinn Center 232

    Open to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series: The Texture of Landscape

    “The Texture of Landscape” Environmental Studies Colloquium Series talk by Nancy Winship Milliken, Environmental Artist.

    What is Celebratory Ecology? How do we memorialize a global event, such as climate change, that seemingly has no end? Where are the nature-centric monuments? Nancy shares her open studio approach that holds these questions at the center of her practice.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Bold Action on a Burning Planet: Envisioning an Escalation of Tactics and Increased Community Resilience

    Chuck Collins is coming to campus this fall! He is the Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies in DC, and the author of a new book, Altar to an Erupting Sun. The book has won praise from Bill McKibben, Kim Stanley Robinson and Winona LaDuke, among others, and asks us to confront our moral obligations to act in the face of climate change.

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Open to the Public
  • Living With Bears

    The Green Mountain Club’s Bread Loaf Section and the Environmental Studies program present a talk on “Living with Bears” by Vermont Fish and Wildlife Bear Technician, Molly Byrne, “Living with Bears” will help us better understand our ursine neighbors and provide general information about bear ecology and behavior with a focus on their life cycle and food needs.

    Twilight Auditorium 101

    Open to the Public
  • Holistic Futures Circles

    Last year’s “Dreaming Into Being” Circles with Carolyn Finney and Sophia Calvi invited Midd community members to question: what is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other, and the planet? This year, Carolyn, Sophia, and Tara Federoff are reviving these circles to continue our conversation and exploration into what holistic sustainability really means in the world that we live in today and what better, more just, and holistic futures look like.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Image of trees surrounded by smoke from a fire

    Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire Documentary Film

    Documentary film screening of Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire followed by panel discussion and Q&A session with film director, experts interviewed in the film, and local experts from Middlebury.

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Closed to the Public
  • Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown

    Writer and conservationist Adam Welz will read from his new book, The End of Eden: Wild Nature in the Age of Climate Breakdown, and speak of his reporting about the effects of climate change on wild species and natural ecosystems around the world. A deeply researched exploration of wild species reacting to climate breakdown, The End of Eden offers a radical new kind of environmental journalism that connects humans to nature in a more empathetic way than ever before and galvanizes us to act in defense of the natural world before it’s too late.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series talk by Megan McKenna

    “Listening to a changing world: what soundscapes can teach us” an Environmental Studies Colloquium Series talk by Megan McKenna, Academic Director of Study Away at Monterey, including California Coast and Climate Semester, Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Senior Data Scientist, affiliate with NOAA National Center for Environmental Information.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Holistic Futures Circles

    Last year’s “Dreaming Into Being” Circles with Carolyn Finney and Sophia Calvi invited Midd community members to question: what is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other, and the planet? This year, Carolyn, Sophia, and Tara Federoff are reviving these circles to continue our conversation and exploration into what holistic sustainability really means in the world that we live in today and what better, more just, and holistic futures look like.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • 28th annual First Show: Look, Dream, Begin

    First Show: Look, Dream, Begin, is a series of brand new, short plays from around the world interwoven into an inventive, truthful, and life-affirming piece about what it means to dream up a future during climate crisis.

    Hepburn Zoo

    Open to the Public
  • 28th annual First Show: Look, Dream, Begin

    First Show: Look, Dream, Begin, is a series of brand new, short plays from around the world interwoven into an inventive, truthful, and life-affirming piece about what it means to dream up a future during climate crisis.

    Hepburn Zoo

    Open to the Public
  • 28th annual First Show: Look, Dream, Begin

    First Show: Look, Dream, Begin, is a series of brand new, short plays from around the world interwoven into an inventive, truthful, and life-affirming piece about what it means to dream up a future during climate crisis.

    Hepburn Zoo

    Open to the Public
  • 28th annual First Show: Look, Dream, Begin

    First Show: Look, Dream, Begin, is a series of brand new, short plays from around the world interwoven into an inventive, truthful, and life-affirming piece about what it means to dream up a future during climate crisis.

    Hepburn Zoo

    Open to the Public
  • Holistic Futures Circles

    Last year’s “Dreaming Into Being” Circles with Carolyn Finney and Sophia Calvi invited Midd community members to question: what is the world we want to live in? How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other, and the planet? This year, Carolyn, Sophia, and Tara Federoff are reviving these circles to continue our conversation and exploration into what holistic sustainability really means in the world that we live in today and what better, more just, and holistic futures look like.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • FFW: Poetry Workshop with Julia Alvarez

    The Knoll welcomes Writer in Residence Emerita, award-winning Dominican-American novelist, poet, and writer Julia Alvarez, for an immersive poetry workshop at the Knoll. In case of location change due to weather, please visit go/knollhours/ for up-to-date information.

    The Knoll

    Closed to the Public
  • FFW: Growing with the Knoll: 20 Years in the Garden - Book Release Party!

    We’re delighted to release our community sourced book filled with memories, photos, art, and poetry submitted by 60+ alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends. Light refreshments provided, followed by a short program and readings from contributors.

    Axinn Center Abernethy Room (221)

    Open to the Public
  • Fall Family Weekend Campus Tree Tour!

    Meet at the front porch of Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest to join the popular Fall Family Weekend Campus Tree Tour led by passionate Middlebury horticulturalist and tree expert Tim Parsons. Learn fun facts and hear stories about various trees around campus. Tim will also explain how he manages our rural Vermont campus as an urban forest.

    Check out Tim Parson’s blog, The Middlebury Landscape, or follow Tim on Instagram.

    Middlebury College

    Closed to the Public
  • Sustainability and Environmental Affairs Welcome Back Social

    Welcome back Middlebury students, staff and faculty! Join the Sustainability & Environmental Affairs team for a gathering in the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest courtyard to reconnect, share snacks, and ignite exciting collaborations in the realm of sustainability and climate action for the new academic year. Bring your team and/or friends and spread the word!

    Rain location: The Orchard, Franklin Env Center 103

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Environmental Studies Thesis Presentation

    “Flags of (In)Convenience: What Illegal Fishing Within Madagascar’s Marine Protected Areas Reveals About Food Sovereignty and Resource Security” an Environmental Studies senior thesis presentation by Victoria Andrews ‘23, Environmental Policy major.

    Presentation will take place at 4:30pm followed by Q&A with the audience.

    Axinn Center 220

    Open to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    ENVS 0401 B Community Engaged Practicum Student Presentations: Cultivating imagination and creativity in the face of intractable environmental challenges.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    ENVS 0401 A Community Engaged Practicum Student Presentations: How Vermont’s Environmental Justice Act informs equitable pathways for addressing community climate, energy, and health needs.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Image of a woman on stage

    Art vs. the Apocalypse presents "The N Word: Nature, Revisited"

    Join Dr. Carolyn Finney, Artist-in-Residence, Environmental Affairs, for a unique presentation that brings her life in conversation with historic figures and contemporary issues. Central Park birder Christian Cooper. George Floyd. The removal of Confederate Statues. Renaming of institutions. Reparations. Systemic Racism. Finney asks, what’s environment got to do with it? How do we meet this moment? Drawing from her book, Black Faces, White Spaces, her relationships “in the field” and her lived experience, Dr.

    Axinn Center 232

    Open to the Public