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Interview with Andrew Boyd: Navigating the Climate Crisis with Grief, Hope, and Gallows Humor

September 17, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

In-person and online!

Leader Dr. Joe Chuman interviews Andrew Boyd, author of I Want a Better Catastrophe.

With global warming projected to rocket past the 1.5°C limit, lifelong activist Andrew Boyd is thrown into a crisis of hope, and off on a quest to learn how to live with the “impossible news” of our climate doom. Join us as Dr. Joe Chuman interviews Andrew and learn how he maps out our existential options while tackling some familiar dilemmas: “Should I bring kids into such a world?” “Can I lose hope when others can’t afford to?” and “Why am I even recycling?”

Andrew Boyd is an author, humorist, and climate activist. His new book, I Want a Better Catastrophe: Navigating the Climate Crisis with Grief, Hope, and Gallows Humor was published by New Society Press in February 2023. He is currently CEO (Chief Existential Officer) of the Climate Clock, a global campaign he co-founded that melds art, science, technology, and grassroots organizing to get the world to #ActInTime. Boyd also co-created the grief-storytelling ritual the Climate Ribbon and led the 2000s-era satirical campaign “Billionaires for Bush.” His previous books include Beautiful Trouble (OR Books, 2012); Daily Afflictions (WW Norton, 2002), and Life’s Little Deconstruction Book (WW Norton, 1998). Unable to come up with his own lifelong ambition, he’s been cribbing from Milan Kundera: “to unite the utmost seriousness of question with the utmost lightness of form.”

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Monthly Collection: Maui Strong Fund

COVID-19 Notice: Vaccination is required. Masks are optional but encouraged.

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September 17, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
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New York, NY 10023 United States
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