Climate Wayfinding to launch at Elon for 2024-25 academic year

Kelly Harer, associate director of sustainability for education and outreach, completed a facilitator training to bring the program to Elon.

Elon University will launch Climate Wayfinding, the flagship program of The All We Can Save Project, during the 2024-25 academic year.

Kelly Harer, associate director of sustainability for education and outreach, recently completed a facilitator training with the climate leadership-development organization to bring the program to Elon. The program will support students as they explore the question, “How can I most meaningfully contribute to climate healing?”

Throughout this five-day training, 24 participants from higher education institutions across the country joined together in Elohee, Georgia to explore their own climate emotions, motivations and skills as well as discuss climate solutions and accelerators for change.

“Rather than stipulating actions that are one-and-done or one-size-fits-all, this course is tailor made to help us uncover ways to be of use,” said Katherine K. Wilkinson, the co-founder of The All We Can Save Project. “Together, we’ll hold our questions about climate and purpose, and work our way into answers.”

Climate Wayfinding is for people seeking clarity, courage and community on their climate journeys. Through diverse modes of exploration, students look inward, outward and forward to discern and enliven their unique contributions and develop key capacities for climate engagement.

The All We Can Save Project is an outgrowth of the bestselling anthology of writings by 60 women leading on climate, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, co-edited by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson. The Project is focused on growing climate leadership and engagement through narrative change, community building and deep learning, including its popular Circles program and Climate Wayfinding, both created by Dr. Wilkinson.

So many people are grappling with the question ‘what can I do?’ There is no simple formula, no fact sheet or checklist, for figuring out our roles in the vital work to forge a just, livable future.

— Katharine K. Wilkinson, co-founder, The All We Can Save Project

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this program, which has given me the knowledge and tools necessary to help guide others in finding their place in the climate movement,” Harer said. “I look forward to bringing Climate Wayfinding to Elon in the near future.”