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Climate Survival with Bill McKibben, Cheryl Johnson and Stephanie LeMenager

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Thirty years ago, Bill McKibben sounded one of the earliest alarms about climate change. Meanwhile, the late Hazel M. Johnson was mobilizing the environmental justice movement in Chicago. How have things gone since then? In short, worse than imagined. “I didn’t anticipate how quickly the world would change,” says McKibben, “and I didn’t anticipate how slowly the political world would respond.” Josh Ellis, Vice President of the Metropolitan Planning Council, moderates this conversation with McKibben joined by Cheryl Johnson, Hazel Johnson’s daughter and Executive Director of People for Community Recovery; and Professor of Environmental Studies Stephanie LeMenager to remind us that this is a race we still have the power to win.

This event is held in partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council and is a part of the Chicago Humanities Festival‘s 2019 Spring Festival: Power. This year’s theme focuses on how power works, across political, economic, historical, social and interpersonal relations. (Click here to view a PDF of the program guide for the full festival.)

Tickets are $20 for members of the general public, $15 for CHF members, and $10 for students and teachers. CHF is offering an opportunity to buy a ticket bundle package, which includes admission to the event and a copy of Bill McKibben’s “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out.” You can also preorder the book through the CHF box office and save 20 percent.