April 2017

Huxley Speaker Series 5/4: Kate Troll on Ten Points of Hope for Progress on Climate Change

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Kate Troll will deliver her talk, “The Great Unconformity,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Kate Troll will share her stories, insights, and experience in dealing with the political difficulties of advancing conservation initiatives in a state dominated by extractive resource industries. In her new book “The Great Unconformity: Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World,” Ms. Troll uses the power of adventure storytelling to convey key policy insights and ‘hope spots... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/27: George Lakey on Addressing Climate Change through Nordic Strategies

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, George Lakey will deliver his talk, "Climate Action and the Struggle for Economic Justice," at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

George Lakey argues that although some environmentalists are reluctant to get the critical question of climate mixed up with other issues such as economic and racial justice, there is evidence that intersectionality is the best pragmatic choice for making progress. Lakey will present evidence from the Nordic countries, which he argues set the pace for addressing the climate crisis globally.  

George Lakey recently retired as... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/20: Mitchell Thomashow on Environmental Learning

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Mitchell Thomashow will deliver his talk, “The Future of Environmental Learning,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Global environmental challenges impact all aspects of our lives, both in our local communities and in places near and far. These challenges are directly connected to urgent issues such as global refugees, social and economic justice, and world peace. How we think about these issues is dramatically influenced by social media, internet communications, the future of education, and the future of work. Mitchell Thomashow will discuss... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 4/13: Peter Robinson on the Future of Environmentalism

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Peter Robinson will deliver his talk, “The End of the Baby Boom and the Future of Environmentalism,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The baby boomer generation is aging and at the same time we are hearing a narrative that environmentalism is failing. Peter Robinson argues that these two occurrences are no coincidence – they are linked. Robinson will use the framework of generational theory to discuss how modern environmentalism is being (re)interpreted and (re)defined by a younger generation of people who care about the environment... Continue reading