Michael Smith, Departments of History/Environment Attends Climate Wayfinding Workshop

By Casey Silidjian, June 11, 2024

Professor Smith completed a facilitator training June 2-6 with the climate leadership-development organization The All We Can Save Project. He will be bringing their flagship program, Climate Wayfinding, to life at Ithaca College during the 2024-2025 academic year. The program, which can be woven into an academic course or offered as an extracurricular experience, will support students as they explore the question, “How can I most meaningfully contribute to climate healing?”

“Colleges and universities play a vital role in cultivating climate leadership,” said Dr. Katherline Wilkinson, co-founder and executive director of The All We Can Save Project. “The 58 campuses represented in our inaugural cohort of Climate Wayfinding facilitators will be at the forefront of the humanside of addressing the climate crisis.”
Climate Wayfinding is for people seeking clarity, courage, and community on their climate journeys. Through diverse modes of exploration, students look inward, outward, and forward to discern and enliven their unique contributions and develop key capacities for climate engagement. Look for further announcements in the coming weeks for more on how the program will be offered at Ithaca College. In the meantime, you can visit www.climatewayfinding.earthto learn more.

About The All We Can Save Project
The All We Can Save Project is an outgrowth of the bestselling anthology of writings by 60 women leading on climate, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, co-edited by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson. The Project is focused on growing climate leadership and engagement through narrative change, community building, and deep learning, including its popular Circlesprogram and Climate Wayfinding, both created by Dr. Wilkinson. Learn more at www.allwecansave.earth. As Dr. Wilkinson notes, “So many people are grappling with the question ‘what can I do?’ There is no simple formula, no fact sheet or checklist, for figuring out our roles in the vital work to forge a just, livable future. I believe each one of us can be a node of possibility for healing the climate crisis, whoever we are and whatever we’ve got to give. Our work is to allow and activate the forward motion of that possibility. Climate Wayfinding supports us to do just that in this challenging, catalyzing moment.”