Gustavus Adolphus College’s student-run social justice conference, Building Bridges, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the topic “Climate Justice: Unearthing the Climate Crisis as an Issue of Human Suffering” on Saturday, March 7 on the College’s Saint Peter campus.

The conference will feature keynote speakers David Archambault II and Nnimmo Bassey. Archambault is a former tribal Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota who has emerged as a global leader for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. He continues to be a voice for tribal sovereignty and explores the next steps for all of Indigenous people to stand together against injustice. Bassey is the director of the ecological think tank Health of Mother Earth Foundation and member steering committee of Oilwatch International. He was the co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” and received the Rafto Human Rights Award two years later.
Following the lectures, a series of workshops will showcase how climate justice is interdisciplinary and intersectional with sessions including: Planetary Solidarity, Practicing the Agricultural Imagination, An Indigenous Perspective on Climate Change, and more.
“We want to use the Building Bridges Conference as an avenue through which to continue thinking about climate change from a social justice perspective,” student leaders and Building Bridges co-presidents Greta Dupslaff and James Miller said in a statement. “We see this conference as part of a greater campus conversation about climate change and the power of student activism.The goal of the day is to educate the community and inspire others to take action.”
Tickets, which are free to Gustavus students and staff, $10 for the general public, and $8 for senior citizens and high school and college students, are available online. The keynote lectures will also be livestreamed and archived.
To learn more, visit the Building Bridges website at gustavus.edu/diversity/buildingbridges/.