“What Do We Tell the Kids, and What Are They Telling Us?"

Generational Perspectives and the Climate Crisis

Monday, April 6th, 2020   —  First Presbyterian Church, 456 Spruce Street, Morgantown  — Speakers from 6:30 to 8:30 PM  — doors open at 5:30 PM for childcare and fun music program.  

You are invited to attend a free, family-friendly, ecumenical, public educational program

Global warming affects different generations in different ways. 

Children are encountering a crisis that they did not create – yet it is their future that is most at stake. What do they need to know, and when? 

Meanwhile, young people worldwide are calling for urgent climate solutions.  Adults struggle to to put workable solutions in place. And older people realize that they are passing on a dangerously compromised future. 

For all these generations — what strategies support hope and positive action? How can understanding generational perspectives lead to better climate solutions?

At this program, you can hear and discuss presentations from expert speakers about generational perspectives on the climate crisis. Attendance, parking, and childcare is free.  To assure a seat and childcare, please RSVP below.



Dana R. Fisher, Ph.D., is a dynamic speaker and author. She is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland. Her research explores democracy, civic participation, activism and environmental policymaking with recent studies focusing on the youth climate movement and the American Resistance. Media appearances include CNN, MSNBC, PBS Newshour, and various programs on BBC and National Public Radio. Professor Fisher has published pieces in the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, TIME and the American Prospect around questions of activism and protest. She has authored over sixty research papers and book chapters. American Resistance: from the Women’s March to the Blue Wave (Columbia University Press 2019) is her sixth book. Fisher also serves as a Series Editor for the Series on Society and the Environment at Columbia University Press along with Lori Peek and Evan Schofer.

Danielle F. Lawson, Ph.D., is a USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University. Dr. Lawson’s research focuses on how we can empower youth to make change in their communities through intergenerational learning. Recently, her work has focused on climate change, specifically. More broadly, her research interests include working with stakeholders and community members to find new ways to communicate scientific research and co-create research that is useful for members of the general public. Combining a background in natural science with skills in social science, she hopes to improve science communication to help achieve conservation-minded goals.