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Climate Action Week:  Building Climate Justice & Community Resilience with Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony and Guests

Climate Action Week: Building Climate Justice & Community Resilience with Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony and Guests

Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall
General Public 

Join us for the launch of the 20th anniversary edition of Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty with Foreword by Desmond Tutu, and a community dialogue on building Climate Justice and Community Resilience with M. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony, co-founders of Breakthrough Communities, Oakland California. Guests include Lynne Elizabeth of New Village Press, more to be announced. 

The message in Random Kindness is an urgent call to action: in an age of climate crisis, we must work together to create the world we want to live in--a world based on sustainability with justice.

Originally designed to be a spell reversal against the cultural trance of systemic violence, our classic phrase struck a chord and went viral, awakening moral imagination towards solidarity on a distressed planet. The subsequent book features the celebrated brush painting of Mayumi Oda – the Matisse of Japan, and a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We are passionate about building community resilience in the face of climate change. All proceeds support climate refugees and developing new climate justice tools for frontline communities.

M. Paloma Pavel. Educator, eco-psychologist, and international consultant for healthy, just, and resilient metropolitan communities. Paloma is a visiting faculty at UC Davis, Center for Community Change, president of Earth House Center and co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project. Her most recent publication is Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis (MIT Press).

Carl Anthony. Architect, author, regional design strategist, and co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project. Former director of the SMCI at the Ford Foundation, Carl’s forthcoming book, the Earth, The City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race bridges urban communities of color with environmental initiatives, reviving vital environmental cultural traditions.

Breakthrough Communities. The mission of Breakthrough Communities, based in Oakland California, is to promote and nurture multiracial leadership for sustainable metropolitan communities in California and the world. visit

New Village Press. New Village books serve the interdependent fields of social justice, participatory planning, community building, ecology, and community-based arts. The Press crosses boundaries between professional, academic and informal education with books that engage practitioners and community activists working together to rebuild neighborhoods. For more information,


The New School demonstrates our commitment to climate action and our solidarity with people converging on New York City for the historic People’s Climate March on September 21 with a week-long series of events focused on climate change. As a leader and official endorser of the March, The New School’s Climate Action Week includes a diverse set of programming directed towards the university and wider community for enriched learning and engagement opportunities, scholarship, innovation and creativity, solidarity and collective action, and highlighting New School’s values around climate justice and action. 

This event is co-sponsored by the New School for Public Engagement, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, the Tishman Environment and Design Center, and the Sustainable Cities Club.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required by clicking on the top right registrer button.

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