All We Can Save: Women at the Forefront of Climate Justice

Tue. Oct 13, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
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Scientists, activists, journalists, and artists summon truth, courage, and solutions for the climate crisis.


  • Camille Dungy, poet, author, and scholar

  • Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Director of Climate Policy, Roosevelt Institute

  • Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, founder, Urban Ocean Lab and founder/CEO, Ocean Collectiv

  • Sarah StillmanNew Yorker staff writer and Director of the Global Migration Project, Columbia Journalism School

  • Jane Zelikova, Chief Scientist, Carbon 180 and co-founder, 500 Women Scientists

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"The climate crisis is not gender neutral," write Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson, editors of the new collection All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. "The list of harmful impacts caused by our rapidly changing climate goes long and it goes wide, especially for girls and women of color, those in the Global South, and those who are rural or indigenous. In very real ways, the climate crisis thwarts the rights and opportunities of women and girls, as well as nonbinary people. These realities make gender-responsive strategies for climate resilience and adaptation critical."

Intermixing essays with poetry and art, All We Can Save illuminates the expertise and insights of dozens of diverse women leading on climate in the United States—scientists, journalists, farmers, lawyers, teachers, activists, innovators, wonks, and designers across generations, geographies, and race—with the aim of advancing a more representative, nuanced, and solution-oriented public conversation on the climate crisis.

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson will speak with the book's contributors, alongside featured readings from a small selection of the collection's poetry.

LIVE from NYPL is made possible by the support of Library patrons and friends, as well as by the continuing generosity of Celeste Bartos, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos, and the Margaret and Herman Sokol Public Education Endowment Fund.

Camille DungyCamille Dungy
 is a poet, scholar, essayist, and the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade, winner of the Colorado Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019.
Fort Collins, CO | Instagram | Website

Ayana Elizabeth JohnsonAyana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a consulting firm for conservation solutions grounded in social justice, and founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities.
Brooklyn, NY | Twitter | Instagram | Website

Rhiana Gunn-WrightRhiana Gunn-Wright is a policy expert and Chicago native who helped to develop the Green New Deal. She is the director of climate policy at the Roosevelt Institute and a 2013 Rhodes Scholar.
Chicago, IL & Washington, DC | pet parent | libra | nerd | Twitter | Instagram | Website

Sarah StillmanSarah Stillman is a staff writer for The New Yorker and launched the Global Migration Project at Columbia Journalism School. She teaches writing at Yale University and is a MacArthur Fellow. 
Brooklyn, NY | investigative poet | obsessive reader | meditator | Twitter | Website 

Jane ZelikovaJane Zelikova, PhD, is an ecologist working at the intersection of climate change science, policy, and communication. She is the chief scientist at Carbon 180 and the cofounder of 500 Women Scientists.
Atlanta, GA & Boulder, CO | optimist | dancer | activist | Twitter | Instagram | Website

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