Wild Contagious Hope

Elin Kelsey
Author, Royal Roads University


Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

On World Ocean's Day, June 8 2014, Elin co-launched a twitter tag called #OceanOptimism. To her surprise, it went viral, engaging more than 90 million users with marine conservation successes to date. #Ocean Optimism is a harbinger of a collective hunger for hope. Drawing on inspiring examples from the Salish Sea and beyond, Elin chronicles the spectacular rise of this turn toward hope and why it is so unlikely - and so important - to an increasingly fractured world drowning in doom and gloom.

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Dr. Elin Kelsey is a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. An award-winning author and environmental consultant, she currently serves as a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and has been awarded prestigious fellowships, including a Rockefeller fellowship and a Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society fellowship, to explore intersections of hope and the environment in interdisciplinary think tanks devoted to world changing ideas

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The Huxley Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

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Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in the Academic Center West (AW-204) on the WWU campus in Bellingham, WA.


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