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Storytelling for Change

June 12 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am PDT

Virtual Events

Join us for an interactive discussion moderated by Cate May Burton, featuring guest authors Anuradha Rao, Dr. Lynne Quarmby, and Sylvia Olsen, and guest activist-storyteller Nafeesa Alibhai.

Panelists will explore the relationship between facts and storytelling in the context of the climate crisis and the growing public distrust of information sources in government and news media. The discussion will encourage meaningful reflection on the emotional toll of the climate crisis, and help participants transform climate grief into powerful social transformation by connecting to ourselves and others through story.

Cate May Burton is an educator, activist, and co-author of Growing Up Elizabeth May, a story about her mother’s journey into activism as a young girl.

Lynne Quarmby is a scientist and an activist. In 2015, she shared the Sterling Prize for Controversy with Poet Stephen Collis. Lynne is a professor of cell biology in the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University. She is the author of Watermelon Snow: Science, Art, and a Lone Polar Bear, a climate change memoir.

Sylvia Olsen is an author, story-teller, knitting designer, housing specialist and teacher. She has published award-winning books, including young adult novels, first readers, picture books, history and personal-essay. Sylvia is the co-author of Growing Up Elizabeth May.

Anuradha Rao is a conservation biologist, writer and facilitator. She has worked on research, conservation, restoration, planning and stewardship projects with communities and organizations on the coasts of Canada and in 12 other countries. She is the author of One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet.

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June 12
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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