Dana Fisher is a dynamic speaker and author. She is a 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 programs on BBC and NPR. She has authored more than 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.

Danielle F. Lawson, PhD

Danielle Lawson is an assistant professor of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management and Science Education at Penn State University. Her interests include environmental education, intergenerational learning, and social justice. Her ground-breaking study, “Children can foster climate change concern among parents,” was recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Discussion Leader: Sarah Cross

Sarah Cross is Campaigns Coordinator for the West Virginia Rivers Coalition. Sarah earned a BA in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, a MS in Agriculture from West Virginia University, and a PhD in Education from Ohio University, where she researched the use of socioscientific issues to promote scientific literacy. 

Why is the “Climate Generations” topic so important and timely?

Our society’s children are encountering a global emergency that they did not create — yet it is precisely their future that is most at stake. Young people worldwide are urgently calling for climate action.  

Adults — parents and non-parents alike — are increasingly aware of the severity and urgency of global warming and the climate crisis. Older people realize that despite their best efforts, they will leave behind a deeply compromised planetary future. 

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

Addressing these timely and important questions was the goal of the October 22, 2020 “Climate Generations” webinar.

This webinar is organized by the West Virginia Center on Climate Change (“WV3C”), a project of Friends of Blackwater, in partnership with the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the WV Citizen Action Education Fund, with support from the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation.

Please share this announcement with your climate-concerned friends and colleagues — of all generations!

For more information, contact Tom Rodd, West Virginia Center on Climate Change,, 304-541-4494.