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Keynote Talk: Earth Day Festival

  • Bayview Hall 5642 Bayview Road Langley, WA, 98260 United States (map)

Pandora's Gift: Uncovering Hope in an Era of Ecological Crisis

with Kate Davies

How can we have hope in an era of ecological crisis and uncertainty? How can we nurture and sustain it in the face of climate disruption and global ecological destruction? Is it even possible to be hopeful about the future? These questions become increasingly important and urgent as feelings of fear, sadness, grief, despair and anger become more common in our society.

In this talk, Kate Davies will discuss the meaning of hope in these times and explore why we can be hopeful. By looking at hope as an intrinsic quality of the human heart, rather than the expectation of achievement or success, she will suggest how we can make a creative response to the challenging world in which we live.

Kate Davies DPhil MA is core faculty in the Graduate Programs in Leadership and Change at Antioch University Seattle and clinical associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Her first book, The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement, was released in 2013 and was selected as one of the top ten books on sustainability published that year. Since then, she has been teaching and writing about how to be hopeful in these times. Her second book, Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in an Era of Ecological Crisis will (hopefully) be published later this year. She has lived on Whidbey since 2010.