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Thank you to my thesis advisor, John Isom, for giving me the agency to explore and take chances with this project.

I could not be more grateful for your constant encouragement and support.

Thank you to authors Amitav Ghosh, David Grinspoon, James Lovelock, Joanna Macy,

adrienne maree brown, George Marshall, James Baldwin, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde and Bell Hooks,

for your critical thinking and feeling, and helping the world grow through your insights.

This piece is a product of your brains.

Thank you to all of the activists, scientists, artists, professors, and climate mobilizers whom

I interviewed for speaking with me, and for all of your hard work. You are proof that passion,

creativity, and collaboration can lead the way for change, and that there is room

for everyone in this fight.


Alex Matthiessen, President of Blue Marble Project

Annapurna Holtzapple, student environmental activist at UC Berkeley


Bob Deans, Director for Strategic Engagement at NRDC


Catherine Wolfram, Professor in Economic Analysis and Policy & Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at UC Berkeley

Dan Kammen, Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Chair of Energy and Resources Group, Professor

of Energy at UC Berkeley, Professor of Public Policy Goldman School of Public Policy


Dante Gonzales, student environmental activist at UC Berkeley


David Wahl, Ph.D., research scientist at the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, USGS & UC Berkeley Geography Professor


Eric Paulos, computer scientist, artist and inventor, Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering Computer Science Department at UC Berkeley, Chief Learning Officer for the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, founder and director of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab


Francesca Vietor, Senior Advisor on the Environment at The San Francisco Foundation  


George Greiner, S.J., Th.D, Associate Professor Emeritus of Historical and Systematic

Theology at Santa Clara University Jesuit School of Theology

Helena Chang, Administrative & Volunteer Coordinator at The Ecology Center


Joanna Macy, Founder of the Work that Reconnects, environmental activist, author, & scholar of Buddhism,

general systems theory, and deep ecology


Keith Warner, Chief Learning Officer at Santa Clara University Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship,

Franciscan Friar and practical social ethicist in the Franciscan tradition


Leif Swenson, PhD. student in atmospheric sciences at UC Davis


Lucas Foglia, human nature photographer

Ben Goldberg, professional clarinetist & UC Berkeley Professor in Jazz and Improvisation


Myra Melford, professional pianist & UC Berkeley Professor in Jazz and Improvisation


Mia Silverberg, student environmental activist at UC Berkeley


Morgan Curtis from Canticle Farm, Oakland, CA


Nan Farley, Director of Operations at 350 Bay Area  


Parwana Ayub, Environmental Equity Policy Fellow at The Greenlining Institute


Patrick Gonzalez, Ph.D., forest ecologist and climate change scientist, Principal Climate Change

 Scientist - US National Park Service, Associate Adjunct Professor - UC Berkeley


Rachel Caplan, Founder and CEO of SF Film Festival  


Richard Frieshtat, Vice President of Curriculum at Berkeley Executive Education & co-faculty in Communications

Excellence Executive Education program at Berkeley-Haas


Rob Glen, Western Market Leader at BloombergNEF


Shannon Jackson, UC Berkeley Arts Liaison & Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Professor of Rhetoric

and of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley


Willard Park Middle School Green Team


Sam, Zoe and Aviv from Berkeley High Students for Climate Action

A special thanks to my Geography professors at Cal, for sharing with me your

love for exploring and understanding this planet, and to all of my art, music, and English teachers who have

made me the artist and writer I am.

Thank you to my brilliant friends who help me see the world in new ways and push me

to help others do the same.


And lastly, thank you to my mom, Melissa, my dad, Jason, my sister, Lila, and the rest of my

family, for teaching me to be passionate and creative in all that I do.

The author




Maggie Glen Camillos

recent UC Berkeley graduate with a major in Physical Geography & minor in Music, climate advocate, artist & storyteller




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