Climate policy expert Ayana Elizabeth Johnson to deliver Carleton convocation

In her presentation, “Building Community Around Solutions to Our Climate Crisis,” Johnson will discuss the work she and other women climate activists have done to identify climate solutions.

Leander Cohen ’22 18 May 2021 Posted In:
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist and climate policy expert, will deliver Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, May 21, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. over Zoom. In her presentation, “Building Community Around Solutions to Our Climate Crisis,” she will discuss the work she and other women climate activists have done to identify climate solutions.

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Johnson is the co-founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities, and is co-creator and co-host of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet, which exports climate solutions. She also co-edited the climate anthology All We Can Save, a collection of essays from women climate activists. 

Johnson is a former adjunct professor at New York University in the Department of Environmental Studies and previously worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She was a national co-director of partnerships for the inaugural March for Science in 2017. She publishes widely, including in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Scientific American. She is on the 2021 Time100 Next list and was named one of Elle’s 27 Women Leading on Climate. Outside magazine called her “the most influential marine biologist of our time.”

Johnson received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography

This convocation — part of Carleton’s End of Steam Celebration — is made possible by the generous support of the Distinguished Women Visitors Fund, Ethical Inquiry at Carleton (EthIC), and the Sustainability Office at Carleton College.

Convocation is sponsored by Carleton College Events. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308.