Mary Anne Hitt is Senior Director of Climate Imperative, a foundation supporting work to cut emissions this decade at the scale needed to confront climate change. She oversees their US programs and helps lead the foundation. Mary Anne has over 25 years of experience building and leading effective campaigns and organizations. She was previously with the Sierra Club for 12 years, where she was the National Director of Campaigns and served for a decade as director of the Beyond Coal Campaign, recognized as one of the most successful environmental campaigns in history. She has also been the executive director of grassroots organizations, including Appalachian Voices. 


Mary Anne will be hosted in conversation with Madeleine Bonnallie, MA Student in English and Ali Brox, Assistant Teaching Professor in Environmental Studies.


Climate change is often discussed in scientific terms, but the work of responding to the urgency of climate change requires many voices. The realms of social, creative, activist, spiritual, food production, and many others, play critical roles in the larger conversation. As well, we know that climate change disproportionately affects certain populations. We present this series to showcase the works of leaders included in All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson.


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Supported by: The Commons; the Hall Center for the Humanities; the Environmental Studies Program; the KU Departments of African and African-American Studies, English, Geography and Atmospheric Science, and Geology; the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity; the History of Black Writing; the Office of Multicultural Affairs; and the University Honors Program.

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