Climate Crisis Symposium at UMass Boston to Highlight Innovative Feminist Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures

October 1, 2020

Global, racial, and gender justice lens emphasized by trailblazing convening of scholars and activists.


WHAT:           “Confronting the Climate Crisis: Feminist Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures” Virtual Symposium


The symposium aims to call attention not only to the climate crisis, but also to what is at stake in the kinds of “solutions” to it that are proposed. From intersectional feminist critiques of the inequities embedded in mainstream approaches, to alternative approaches from feminist political economists and ecologists and indigenous and racial justice activists, the symposium will explore the fundamental transformations urgently needed to forestall climate catastrophe.

Issues of climate justice and the need to transform the dominant global economic model are increasingly on the table, as people across the world mobilize against a simple return to the status quo.



WHO:             Symposium organized by the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights at UMass Boston led by Carol Cohn, Director



Seema Arora-Jonsson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

Kiran Asher (UMass Amherst)

Lindsey Bacigal (Indigenous Climate Action)

Shalanda Baker (Northeastern University)

Bridget Burns (WEDO)

Edward Carr (Clark University)

Carol Cohn (Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights)

Diana Duarte (MADRE)

Claire Duncanson (University of Edinburgh)

Giovanna Di Chiro (Swarthmore College)

Heidi Gengenbach (UMass Boston)

Betsy Hartmann (Hampshire College)

Maria Ivanova (UMass Boston)

Candace Famiglietti (UMass Boston)

Anne Kuriakose (Climate Investment Funds)

Sherilyn MacGregor (University of Manchester)

Lucy McAllister (Technical University of Munich)

Deborah McGregor (York University)

Anita Nayar (Regions Refocus)

Julie Nelson (UMass Boston)

Ruth Nyambura (Kenyan, Feminist Political Ecologist)

.O (Climate and Social Justice Activist)

Joni Seager (Bentley University)

Jennie Stephens (Northeastern University)

Reverend Mariama White-Hammond (New Roots AME Church)

Mariama Williams (South Centre)


WHEN:           Wednesday, October 7th

Feminist Approaches to the Climate Crisis

9:00AM – 11:30AM (Boston, EDT)


Thursday, October 8th

Feminist Critiques of Mainstream “Solutions”

9:00AM – 11:00AM (Boston, EDT)

Gender, Sustainable Development and the Climate Crisis

11:30AM – 1:30PM (Boston, EDT)


Friday, October 9th

Feminist Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures, Part 1

9:00AM – 11:00AM (Boston, EDT)

Feminist Pathways to Just and Sustainable Futures, Part 2

11:30AM – 1:30PM (Boston, EDT)


WHERE:         Online event


Members of the media are welcome to attend the symposium and registration is required.  To register and for more information, click on this link:  Confronting the Climate Crisis: Feminist Pathways Symposium


About UMass Boston

The University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city’s history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 16,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit


About the Consortium

The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights is based at the University of Massachusetts Boston. We work across scholarly, policy, and activist communities to create the intersectional, feminist analyses that are needed for creating sustainable and just solutions – not only to wars, but to the political, economic and social inequalities and environmental crises that underlie them. To learn more visit



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