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We need to understand the particular gravity of this moment in time. The planet has already heated dramatically, and now the effects of that heating are felt on every continent and in every season: France set its new all-time temperature record this summer, in a truly remarkable siege of withering heat. At the same time, as wind and sun grow cheaper to use, the chance for rapid action is greater than ever before. The question is, can we move fast enough? What are the keys to unlocking rapid change? What does it feel like to live amid both despair and hope? How can we change?

With Naomi Klein, Alexandria Villaseñor and Joëlle Zask. Moderated by Bill McKibben.

Free with RSVP. Click here to RSVP.  

This event will begin with a short reading by Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA)

Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. In 1988 he wrote The End of Nature, the first book for a common audience about global warming.  He is a co-founder and Senior Advisor at 350.org, an international climate campaign that works in 188 countries around the world. 

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, This Changes Everything, and No is Not Enough. She is Senior Correspondent for The Intercept, a Puffin Writing Fellow at Type Media Center, and is the inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. Her most recent book is On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal (Sept 2019).

Alexandria Villaseñor is a 14 year old climate activist. She is the founder and executive director of her own nonprofit Earth Uprising and a Fridays for Future organizer. She was awarded The Common Good Foundation Changemaker Scholarship, the Earth Day Network 2019 Youth Climate Leadership Award and recently made Politico’s list of top 100 people influential in climate change policy.

Joëlle Zask is a professor of Philosophy at the University of Aix-Marseille. A specialist in political philosophy, she studies the forms and criteria of a shared democratic culture. Her latest books are What is a Public Square? and When the Forest is burning (2019) in which, she explains how recent fires have revealed the need to rethink our relation to the environment in order to achieve a sustainable future.

This event is part of Festival Albertine 2019, curated by Bill McKibben. All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Festival Albertine is presented in partnership with The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, the family of Susannah Hunnewell, Van Cleef & Arpels, Air France, Institut français, Chantecaille, Green Mountain Energy, Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, and the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York. Generous support is provided by Carnegie Corporation of New York, Champagne Pommery, InterContinental New York Barclay, Simply Gourmand, Sud de France, and Gérard Bertrand. 

Media partner: New York Review of Books.