We’ve entered the Anthropocene — a new planetary age when human activities exert a dominant influence on Earth’s geology and ecosystems.
As a way of exploring (and coping) with this reality, Northern Lights.mn invites you to join the AAA: Anthropocene Awareness Association. It’s a sometimes club, sometimes support group, always happy hour to discuss issues related to the core ideas of Climate Chaos | Climate Rising: adaptation, deep time, interconnection, migration, and many others.
Our inaugural gathering will take place at 7pm on September 30th in the Art Commons of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College in St. Paul, as part of their International Roundtable on Sustainability. The Roundtable includes projects from Northern Spark by Christine Baeumler (Climate Chaser), Marina Zurkow and Valentine Cadieux (Making the Best of It), Shanai Matteson (The Water Bar), John Kim (Phase Change), and Greg Fitz (A Bend in the River). The AAA event will feature Dr. Christie Manning in a panel called “In/Action: Bridging the Science and Art of Change,” which will talk about people’s psychological and behavioral responses towards climate change and sustainability.
Facebook event here.
A little more about our presenter:
Dr. Christie Manning has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Biological Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and the Associate Director of the Educating Sustainability Ambassadors Program at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her research and teaching explore the cognitive, social and situational factors that influence people’s behavioral and lifestyle choices and how these choices positively or negatively impact ecological systems. Christie conducts yearly survey studies on Minnesotans’ attitudes toward sustainability and ecological behavior, collecting data at the State Fair in collaboration with fellow Psychologists at the University of St. Thomas. She is a co-author on the forthcoming academic textbook, “Psychology for Sustainability”.
Many thanks to our friends at Fulton Brewing for sponsoring!