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Climate Change and the Individual

Community Conversations

Engage with local experts on the leading issues of the day

How does one act ethically in an era of great global change and upheaval? Can individuals impact climate change, immigration, or smartphones and social media, and if so, does it matter?

The three issues are interrelated. Climate change is already impacting patterns of immigration. Smartphones and the Internet connect people around the world as never before, but at great cost in energy and resources.

Panels and audience will explore the role of the individual in response to climate change, immigration, and social media, taking both a philosophical and practical approach.

Community Conversations is a new series of panel presentations that invites audiences to engage with local experts on the leading issues of the day. Tuesday evenings at 7 pm;  July 10, July 24 and August 7. (By donation)

July 10

Climate Change and the Individual

Developing new ways to think about the home, the yard, and being on the road can empower people to take a more nuanced, meaningful stand against climate change.


  • RUSSELL STEVEN POWELL, author, Living Without Lawn
  • JEFF McCOLLOUGH, senior transportation planner, Pioneer Valley Planning 
  • Commission 
  • JONATHAN A. WRIGHT, founder, Wright Builders

Moderator: SARA DRAPER, R.W. Kern Center Director of Educational Program and Outreach at Hampshire College

Earlier Event: July 8
Sex & Power
Later Event: July 15
A Step into Laurel Park History