Metanoia (n.) the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life.
During the final weeks of the spring semester, the UConn community is coming together in an effort to change the way we think about the environment. A multitude of events is planned as part of The Environment Metanoia with the goal of encouraging transformative change — the very definition of the word metanoia.
“We desire to reach every member of the UConn community through this metanoia on the environment because it is our environment,” says John Clausen of UConn’s Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and faculty co-chair of the Environment Metanoia Steering Committee.
More than 30 proposed events, talks and other activities, will explore subjects impacting the globe, including sustainability, water and food availability, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and environmental justice. Though some events have already taken place, the majority will happen the week April 15 to 20, which leads up to Earth Day on April 22.
Notably, the keynote address, “Extreme Energy Extraction in Alaska: A Climate of Chaos,” will be given by Native American activist Faith Gemmill-Fredson, who represents her Neets’aii Gwich’in, Pit River and Wintu tribes, indigenous peoples effected by climate change. Among her many roles in environmental activism, Gemmill-Fredson is the founder and current executive director of the group REDOIL, Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands. Gemmill-Fredson has also been active in the Standing Rock protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Visit the schedule of events for details on the date and time for the keynote address.
The Environment Metanoia is a chance to both increase awareness about current issues around he world and to learn more about UConn’s numerous ongoing efforts to diminish its environmental impact.
“The University Senate recently voted to make environmental literacy a general education requirement for all graduates. As one of the first …