Climate of Community

True Power for Climate Resilience and Recovery

Environmental Justice and Racism:

What Are They and How They Affect You

In partnership with the

Kansas City Kansas Public Library

Thursday, April 29, 2021

6:00 – 7:30 pm CDT On Zoom

Join the Kansas City, KS Public Library and The Resilient Activist for a panel discussion on environmental justice and racism with Sarah Jaquette Ray, author of “A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet”. 

The virtual event follows a reading of Dr. Ray’s book and will be open to anyone who is interested in learning and talking about the impact of the environment on our communities. Please join our panelists, Sami Aaron, Barbara Gilbert, Carly McCracken, and Sarah Ray for what is sure to be an enlightening and engaging conversation.

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This event is a follow-up to the KCK Public Library’s month-long reading in April 2021 of “A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet“.

You can purchase “A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety” online or for pickup, through

Sarah Jaquette Ray chairs and teaches in the Environmental Studies Department at Humboldt State University. Her current work brings together climate justice and psychology. She is co-founder of the website, an Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators, co-lead on an open-access online teaching resource, NXTerra: Transformative Education for Climate Action, and works with students, activists, professionals, and educators to support the climate generation.

In 2020, she published a book for the climate generation on this research, A Field Guide to Climate Change: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet.  She is also author of The Ecological Other: Environmental Exclusion in American Culture (University of Arizona, 2013) and co-editor of three collections: Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory (2017), Disability Studies & the Environmental Humanities: Toward an Eco-Crip Theory (2017), and Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial (2019).

Barbara Gilbert, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist currently in private practice in Lawrence, Kansas, and has practiced clinically for 35 years. She also has experience addressing larger-scale barriers to healthy functioning of the whole community.  She offers a psychology-based path to True Power for Climate Resilience and Recovery. Connect with Dr. Gilbert at this link.

Carly McCracken is the Reader’s Services & Literacy Librarian at Kansas City, Kansas Public Library. Carly has a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology and a master’s in library and information science.

Sami Aaron is the founder and Executive Director of The Resilient Activist.

The process of how we go about developing a resilient community is integral in effectively responding to the climate crisis.

We are working to create a climate of Community

so the community can work effectively for the Climate.

Climate of Community is working to help our community, based on five concepts:

  1. We bear the burden of difficult things better as a bonded community than we can ever do as individuals;
  2. Sharing our stories authentically is part of the bonding and healing process that keeps us strong and effective;
  3. Finding our personal power and linking that with community power is the most effective we can be in addressing broad-scale difficulties;
  4. There are many paths to community bonding and healing, arising from diverse traditions and methods, and the more diverse our approaches the stronger we will be and remain.
  5. True Power is not “power over” others but “power to” advocate for and serve what matters to us.


Climate of Community programming is offered through The Resilient Activist.