Rewilding Planet Earth

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Series Overview

Rewilding Planet Earth invites us to take seriously the biodiversity extinction crisis, to think critical about what we mean by nature and the wild, and to participate in the UN decade for ecosystem restoration. The series emphasizes throughout both the need to be as informed as possible and to stay engaged through shared action, community involvement, and a commitment to the common good. 

By helping to revitalize degraded ecosystems we create carbon sinks, mitigate climate change, increase our resilience to extreme weather, purify the air, improve access to freshwater, and achieve public health. In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis implores all of humanity to experience an ecological conversion of mind and habits - a conversion that is essential not only to biodiversity, but also to the future of our own species.



Event Speakers

AY Young
AY Young | Sept. 22
Kinari Webb
Kinari Webb | Oct. 5
George Monbiot
George Monbiot | Oct. 13
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Robin Wall Kimmerer | Dec. 1

AY's Story

AY is a producer, singer, songwriter, entertainer, and entrepreneur. He powers his concerts ("The Battery Tour") using renewable energy. He was recently named a UN Youth Leader for SDGs and performed at President Biden’s inauguration. AY is currently working on a Global Goals album, labeled "Project 17" in collaboration with earths biggest artists to create one song for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Project 17

AY Young is currently making the world’s first sustainable album containing 17 songs, 1 per each Sustainable Development Goal, recorded in partnership with the best artists in the world in a carbon neutral way. Other focuses are 17 sustainable tours and the education program in schools K-12 across the country. AY Young is a UN Young Leader from the U.S. and has held 800+ solar-powered concerts across the country since 2012.

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AY Young

Presented by Boston College Environmental Studies, with the School of Social Work

O’Neill Plaza

Sept 22, 2021

5:00 PM

Cosponsors: EcoPledge, CAB, Music Guild, Real Food BC, and UGBC
*Rain date Sept 23, 5:00pm @ O'Neill Plaza


AY Young - Global Goals Project Announcement 2021

Kinari Webb

Kinari Webb, MD, is the founder of Health In Harmony, an international nonprofit dedicated to reversing global heating, understanding that rainforests are essential for the survival of humanity, and a cofounder of Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI). Dr. Webb graduated from Yale University School of Medicine with honors and currently splits her time between Indonesia, international site assessments, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Guardians of the Trees is her debut.

Guardians of the Trees Book Cover

Title: Guardians of the trees: a journey of hope through healing the planet / Kinari Webb, M.D., First edition, Flatiron Books, 2021

Kinari Webb

Presented by Boston College Environmental Studies

Virtual talk with PRX Living on Earth

Oct 5, 2021

8:00 PM


Cosponsers: Harvard Chan C-Change, the UMass Boston School for the Environment, and the UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School

George Monbiot

George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the land, sea and human life and Heat: how to stop the planet burning; his latest is Out of the Wreckage: a new politics for an age of crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan, and has made a number of viral videos. One of them, adapted from his 2013 TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed on YouTube over 40m times. Another, on Natural Climate Solutions, that he co-presented with Greta Thunberg, has been watched over 60m times. George is working on a new book, to be published in 2022, about how to feed the world without devouring the planet.

Feral Book Cover

Title: Feral: rewilding the land, the sea, and human life / George Monboit, The University of Chicago Press (Chicago), 2014

George Monbiot

Virtual talk

Oct 13, 2021

3:00 PM


Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other works have appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. Wall Kimmerer's book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, is the subject of her talk, which will be followed by a moderated conversation and audience Q&A. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land.

Robin Kimmerer

Virtual talk Presented by Lowell Humanities Series

Dec 1, 2021

7:00 PM


Cosponsers: Environmental Studies, Earth and Environmental Sciences
braiding sweetgrass cover

Title: Braiding Sweetgrass Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants / Robin Wall Kimmerer, Penguin Books (United Kingdom), 2021