Wells College cordially invites you to tune in to learn from poet, writer, performer, educator, and environmental and climate justice activist Aya de Leon on Thursday, February 9th for two virtual events. Both are free and open to the public via Zoom.
Thursday, February 9, 2023 5:00PM via Zoom
Visiting Writers Series Master Class: Rumors of the Apocalypse: Optimism and Climate Justice Propaganda
There is a nasty rumor going around that we’ve already lost the fight to save the planet. Although scientists all agree that we have a very tight window to avert climate disaster, this rumor has the impact of convincing the masses that we shouldn’t even bother fighting, even though history has shown that when we fight, we win. Award-winning writer and activist Aya de Leon has decided to take on climate justice propaganda, both as a novelist and publisher. Aya contends that every author’s work has taken a stand on issues of hope and propaganda, whether those messages are conscious or unconscious. Join Aya for a masterclass exploring the role of hope and persuasion in our subconscious, our writing, and our world.
Zoom #: 876 8469 9506 passcode: *G!Hp^1u:
Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:00PM via Zoom
Sustainability Speaker series: Climate Justice – Multiracial Movement-Building for the Win
Aya de León is an award-winning author, activist, and speaker. Climate is a Black issue, an Indigenous issue, and an issue for all people of color. Our communities are often hit first and worst in the climate crisis, but we are sidelined in public conversations about climate. In fact, the climate crisis has been allowed to escalate precisely because communities of color worldwide have borne the brunt of the impacts so far. Scientists are clear that our planet is likely to become unfit for human habitation if we don’t act to decarbonize our economies. They are also clear that we CAN avert a climate disaster if we ACT now. This reality presents an unprecedented opportunity to develop powerful, multi-racial coalitions to deal with all the intersecting oppressions that underlie the climate crisis. Like all movements, the climate justice movement needs stories, visions of the future we want, and strategies of how we plan to get there. Join us as we envision and strategize a climate justice movement in which our communities come together and WIN.
Zoom #: 820 8952 8929 passcode: XBj4K$