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

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

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  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

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  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    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

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

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  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

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  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Workshop: Pitching and Crafting great Stories with Frank Sesno

    Coordinating with the President and Provost’s Offices, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Climate Action Program, and others, we have the great privilege of bringing Frank Sesno ‘77 to campus for a week-long residency April 29-May 4. In this workshop, Sesno will provide hands-on help to students as they move through the process of pitching and planning stories.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Storytelling for Change, Storytelling for Climate Change

    Coordinating with the President and Provost’s Offices, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Climate Action Program, and others, we have the great privilege of bringing Frank Sesno ‘77 to campus for a week-long residency April 29-May 4. In this talk, he will share his strategies and secrets to telling great climate change stories through a variety of media.

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Open to the Public

  • Communicating in a Fragmented Public Media Environment

    Coordinating with the President and Provost’s Offices, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Climate Action Program, and others, we have the great privilege of bringing Frank Sesno ‘77 to campus for a week-long residency April 29-May 4. In this first talk, Sesno will share his knowledge of how to make sense of a polarized, overwhelming media environment to tell effective stories.

    McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216

    Open to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

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  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

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  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

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  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    “The Rise of a Movement: How Young Activists Transformed Climate Politics” by Nick Engelfried, author of Movement Makers: How Young Activists Upended the Politics of Climate Change.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public

  • College Lands Master Plan Listening Session

    Middlebury College, under the leadership of the College Lands Advisory Committee, is crafting a master plan for the 3,000 acres of college lands in the Champlain Valley, and we are engaging a broad array of thought partners to help envision opportunities. Our public information-gathering will give us a broad view of values that our local communities and citizens perceive for these 3,000 acres. We are also interested in understanding organizational and individual visions and ideas, and look forward to hearing first-hand ideas about these lands.

    Kirk Alumni Center

    Open to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

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  • Lunch with Nick Engelfried

    Join us for a casual, informal lunch conversation and networking with Nick Engelfried, author of “Movement Makers: How Young Activists Upended the Politics of Climate Change,” will share insights from investigating the dramatic rise of youth-led climate activism. Over the course of two decades, young people have propelled the climate crisis into the political spotlight, with Middlebury College playing a key role. Come learn how lessons gleaned from interviews with over 100 past and current leaders of the movement can inform our work fighting for a livable planet today.

    Hillcrest 200

    Closed 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

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • College Lands Master Plan Listening Session

    Middlebury College, under the leadership of the College Lands Advisory Committee, is crafting a master plan for the 3,000 acres of college lands in the Champlain Valley, and we are engaging a broad array of thought partners to help envision opportunities. Our public information-gathering will give us a broad view of values that our local communities and citizens perceive for these 3,000 acres. We are also interested in understanding organizational and individual visions and ideas, and look forward to hearing first-hand ideas about these lands.

    Kirk Alumni Center

    Open to the Public

  • Ecocide in the Court of Justice Lessons from Ukraine on addressing Global Environmental Challenges

    Amid the escalating global climate crisis, there is a growing consensus among national governments and various stakeholders – including international organizations, civil society, and businesses – that ecocide should be recognized as a crime under international law, alongside genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed 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

  • Just Transitions for Coal Communities: Lessons from China and the US

    Transitioning away from coal is vital to our future, but what happens in the communities that have relied on the fuel? Who benefits from these transitions? What is needed for a just transition in these communities? What kinds of challenges do these changes represent?

    Join us for a conversation about how policy, local communities, and energy developers are confronting these questions in China and the US, featuring Dr. Weila Gong and Nick Benjamin ‘05.5.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public

  • Environmental Studies Program Spring 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 fall registration. Prospective majors and minors are also encouraged to attend. A variety of snacks and treats will be provided.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series:

    “Using GIS and Satellite Data to Study Climate, Environment and Social Determinants of Health” by Kevin Lane, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health, Interim Director of Environmental Health Doctoral Program, and Chief Data Officer – Center for Climate Health.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public

  • College Lands Master Plan Listening Session

    Middlebury College, under the leadership of the College Lands Advisory Committee, is crafting a master plan for the 3,000 acres of college lands in the Champlain Valley, and we are engaging a broad array of thought partners to help envision opportunities. Our public information-gathering will give us a broad view of values that our local communities and citizens perceive for these 3,000 acres. We are also interested in understanding organizational and individual visions and ideas, and look forward to hearing first-hand ideas about these lands.

    Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

    Open to the Public

  • The Making of Environmental Law

    “The Making of Environmental Law” by Richard Lazarus, Charles Stebbins Fairchild Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

    This talk, based on Richard Lazarus’s recent book “The Making of Environmental Law” recounts the emergence and evolution of modern environmental law and its future challenges.

    Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

    Open to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • College Lands Master Plan Listening Session

    Middlebury College, under the leadership of the College Lands Advisory Committee, is crafting a master plan for the 3,000 acres of college lands in the Champlain Valley, and we are engaging a broad array of thought partners to help envision opportunities. Our public information-gathering will give us a broad view of values that our local communities and citizens perceive for these 3,000 acres. We are also interested in understanding organizational and individual visions and ideas, and look forward to hearing first-hand ideas about these lands.

    Johnson Atrium

    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

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • The 2024 Scott A. Margolin '99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs

    The 2024 Scott A. Margolin ‘99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs presents Jade S. Sasser, Associate Professor in the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

    “No Future for Us? Young People’s Climate Anxiety and the Future of Reproduction.”

    McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216

    Open to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Climate and Justice Teach In

    Middlebury joins hundreds of educational institutions around the world (in more than 50 countries and most US states) in the World Wide Teach-In on Climate and Justice between April 1-8, 2024. This will continue ongoing campus-wide conversations and engage students, faculty, and staff as we grapple with a time of planetary crisis and transformation.

    During the week of April 1-5, all faculty are asked to devote at least five minutes of their classroom time to a conversation about climate solutions and justice so that we can engage as many of our community members as possible.

    Middlebury College

  • Climate and Justice Teach In

    Middlebury joins hundreds of educational institutions around the world (in more than 50 countries and most US states) in the World Wide Teach-In on Climate and Justice between April 1-8, 2024. This will continue ongoing campus-wide conversations and engage students, faculty, and staff as we grapple with a time of planetary crisis and transformation.

    During the week of April 1-5, all faculty are asked to devote at least five minutes of their classroom time to a conversation about climate solutions and justice so that we can engage as many of our community members as possible.

    Middlebury College

  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    All are welcome to join Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours. Please check go.middlebury.edu/knollhours for information and updates about weather.

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public

  • Climate and Justice Teach In

    Middlebury joins hundreds of educational institutions around the world (in more than 50 countries and most US states) in the World Wide Teach-In on Climate and Justice between April 1-8, 2024. This will continue ongoing campus-wide conversations and engage students, faculty, and staff as we grapple with a time of planetary crisis and transformation.

    During the week of April 1-5, all faculty are asked to devote at least five minutes of their classroom time to a conversation about climate solutions and justice so that we can engage as many of our community members as possible.

    Middlebury College

  • Place Attachment and the Geographies of Being

    The Middle of Somewhere: Place Attachment and the Geographies of Being
    Place attachment is a burgeoning field of scholarship that investigates place identities and their relation to mobility and migration. Professor Alexander Diener’s research project considers people’s varied capacities to make and remake place attachments, and how this shapes everyday routines, social interactions, major life choices, and identities at different scales. His talk will engage with topics such as home/homeland, mobility/immobility, biological geographies, sacred place, and moral geographies.

    McCardell Bicentennial Hall 104

    Open to the Public

  • College Lands Master Plan Listening Session

    Middlebury College, under the leadership of the College Lands Advisory Committee, is crafting a master plan for the 3,000 acres of college lands in the Champlain Valley, and we are engaging a broad array of thought partners to help envision opportunities. Our public information-gathering will give us a broad view of values that our local communities and citizens perceive for these 3,000 acres. We are also interested in understanding organizational and individual visions and ideas, and look forward to hearing first-hand ideas about these lands.

    McCardell Bicentennial Hall Tormondsen Great Hall

    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

  • Climate and Justice Teach In

    Middlebury joins hundreds of educational institutions around the world (in more than 50 countries and most US states) in the World Wide Teach-In on Climate and Justice between April 1-8, 2024. This will continue ongoing campus-wide conversations and engage students, faculty, and staff as we grapple with a time of planetary crisis and transformation.

    During the week of April 1-5, all faculty are asked to devote at least five minutes of their classroom time to a conversation about climate solutions and justice so that we can engage as many of our community members as possible.

    Middlebury College