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InFocus Highlights

Communicating Sustainability: Working for Justice

Sept. 15 - Oct. 1, 2020

Sustainability InFocus Co-directors (Dr. Alison Holiday, Chemistry; and Dr. Theresa Dougal, English), hope that you will be in touch: they can help advise about planning and orchestrating initiatives, programs, and projects, and may be able to provide limited funding.  Email them!

At the InFocus Kickoff, Jonathan Foer encouraged each of us to develop our “plan” for the ways that we will adjust our own lives to “bring our heads in line with our hearts” -- in other words, to line up what we know about the reality of climate change, with our values and actual way of living. (Thanks to all the students who asked terrific questions!)

-- In particular, he said that each of us can do 4 things as individuals to make a difference with the climate:

  1. Fly less on airplanes.
  2. Drive less in cars (and purchase hybrids or electric).
  3. Don’t eat animal products (or only eat them at dinner-time, and especially eliminate beef).
  4. Have fewer children.

--He also said that the MOST IMPORTANT thing all of us can do is --


  • (more on this here)


The True Cost

Tues. Sept. 15, 7:00 pm

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes." [From]

Zoom meeting link:

The Use of Climate Models in the Simulation and Projection of Climate Change, Laura McBride’16

September 24 at 5:15pm

As a 2016 graduate of Moravian College, McBride's PhD research is focused on developing and evaluating climate models to determine how effective the Paris Climate Agreement pledges will be at keeping global warming to only 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures. Starting with the basics of climate science, she will describe the role of models in science research.

Zoom link:

Coming soon! Put this into your calendar

From Shallow Sustainability to Deep Sustainability: Our Common Future Requires Environmental Justice, Sam Grant

October 6 at 7pm

"I can't breathe" forms an intersection of environmental justice and social justice. Sam Grant works with frontline communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental issues, yet historically excluded from the conversation. He directs an organization,, that works to "ensure that all voices — white, black and brown; indigenous and immigrant; rural and urban — are heard and honored in securing a safe climate."  

Zoom registration:

Also... Moravian College Collaborates on Sustainability with Touchstone Theater

Festival Unbound – SUSTAINABILITY FORUM  September 19, 6pm

Festival Unbound – RUMI/NATION  September 18-19, 6pm