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Talk by climate change activist Bill McKibben
October 16 from 2–4pm


Theater and film series — October 13, 14, 15 from 4–6pm
Library Room 121, San Francisco State University

* All events are free and wheelchair accessible *

Global climate change is arguably the most pressing social and environmental issue of our time. Institutions of higher learning have become centers for climate science, economics, research and advocacy, and San Francisco State University students are leaders of the fossil fuel divestment and reinvestment movement. The university’s mission to promote social justice leads to concerns about climate justice – the fair and equal treatment of all segments of society in the midst of a climate crisis. Climate change also has tremendous implications for civil society and labor.   Students, faculty and the general public are becoming more concerned about the fate of our planet and are looking for ways to build on what they have accomplished and seek other avenues to address a challenging future.

Riding the tide of public awareness following the historic People’s Climate March on September 21 in New York City, SF State students and faculty will be hosting a week of events to educate and inspire people to action and expanding the community of active and engaged students on campus by making the connection between climate change and social justice, fostering the expansion of the divestment movement to other campuses in the California State University system and encouraging student engagement in the upcoming election and with policymakers at all levels. The Climate Action Summit will begin with a series of films with guest speakers and will culminate with a presentation by international climate activist Bill McKibben entitled “Updates from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight” followed by a student forum on campus activism. The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) department will be videotaping McKibben’s talk to make it available to other college campuses and CFA chapters throughout the California State University system so that other universities can create Climate Action Forums of their own.

FILM SERIES: October 13, 14, 15

Standing on Sacred Ground: Profit and Loss

October 13, 4–6pm at Library Room 121 – this film about indigenous responses to global climate change and the opposition to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline was awarded Best Documentary at the 2013 American Indian Film Festival. Following the film, guest speakers will include Pennie Opal Plant with the Idle No More indigenous activist organization and award-winning filmmaker Toby McLeod from the Sacred Land Film Project. Co-sponsored by American Indian Studies and The Cultural Conservancy.

The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community

October 14, 4–6pm at Library Room 121 – this film features leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality. Following the film guest speakers will include environmental activist and writer Joanna Macy.


October 15th, 4–6pm at Library Room 121 – this film explores the terrifying science, the shattered political process, unrelenting corporate special interests and public paralysis that has brought us to a moral and ecological crossroads. The film makes a compelling call for bold action through environmental, social and labor movements. Following the film, guest speakers will include labor representatives and student activists from the divestment/reinvestment movement.

Updates from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight

Talk by Bill McKibben followed by student activist organizing sessions, October 16th 2–4pm at the McKenna Theater

Bill McKibben is an internationally known best-selling author, environmental activist and co-founder and director of McKibben has led historic mass protests against the Keystone XL Pipeline, an oil pipeline proposed for construction from the tar sands in Alberta Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, and travels the world raising the alarm about the impacts of global climate destabilization. McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities; Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world's 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was "probably America's most important environmentalist."

McKibben’s talk will be followed by “organizing sessions” providing opportunities for involvement in the student fossil fuel divestment movement.


The event is sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program/School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) and co-sponsored by Fossil Free SFSU, Eco-Students, Divestment Student Network, Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations (SKINS) and the Ethnic Studies Student Organization (ESSO), Cesar Chavez Institute (CCI), College of Ethnic Studies, College of Health and Social Services (CHSS), 350 Bay Area, (partial list) with generous support from the California Faculty Association (CFA), CHSS and PACE. For the location of McKenna Theater and Library Room 121

For more information contact:

  • Carlos Davidson (Environmental Studies) – 415.405-2127 •
  • Gerald Eisman (Public Affairs and Civic Engagement) –
  • Glenn Feldman (Environmental Studies) – 415.570-1733 •
  • Phil Klasky (Ethnic Studies/AIS) – 415.531-6890 •
  • Jason Schwartz (Student Divestment Movement) – 415.933-4664 •

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