This webinar will explore connections between the field of sustainable consumption and ideas presented in Stephens’ recent book, Diversifying Power, which shows that anyone working on issues related to energy or climate (directly or indirectly) can leverage the power of collective action. The work to shift away from an extractive, oppressive energy system has already begun. By highlighting the creative individuals and organizations making change happen, Diversifying Power provides inspiration and encourages action on climate and energy justice.

Stephens argues that the key to effectively addressing the climate crisis is diversifying leadership so that antiracist, feminist priorities are central. Stephens examines climate and energy leadership related to job creation and economic justice, health and nutrition, and housing and transportation. She explains why we need to reclaim and restructure climate and energy systems so policies are explicitly linked to social, economic, and racial justices. Jennie C.

Stephens is an educator, social justice advocate, energy expert and sustainability science researcher. She is a professor and Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University where she also holds leadership roles at the Global Resilience Institute and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.