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How Youth Activism Upended U.S. Politics of Climate Change

January 12, 2023 @ 4:30 pm 5:30 pm

The Environmental Speaker Series is brought to you by: WWU College of the Environment in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Beginning in 2019, a wave of youth-led activism unlike anything seen before swept across the U.S. and other countries, irrevocably altering the political dialogue about climate change. From school strikes for the climate, to campaigning for a Green New Deal, to pushing for fossil fuel divestment at universities, young people have taken the climate movement to new levels and won unprecedented victories. In this talk, author and educator Nick Engelfried will read excerpts from Movement Makers: How Young Activists Upended the Politics of Climate Change and share insights gained from writing and researching a book that explores how more than two decades of youth climate activism brought us to this political moment. 

The Environmental Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West, room 204. Paid parking is available in lot C. Or join us online on Zoom!
More information about the speaker series is available here, and past Environmental Speaker Series recordings are available here.

Nick Engelfried has spent more than fifteen years helping people take meaningful action for a stable climate and a livable future. He became a youth climate activist in college in the ’00s, and spent the next ten years organizing campaigns to support campus sustainability projects, divest universities from fossil fuels, and oppose large coal, oil, and gas projects in the Pacific Northwest. He eventually transitioned to a new role as an environmental educator, and in 2018 launched Reconnect Earth, an organization that works for a socially and ecologically just future by fostering and growing a network of empowered young leaders. Nick is the author of Movement Makers, which explores in depth over two decades of youth climate movement history in the United States.

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