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Finlandia’s 2019 Campus Read author, Katya Gordon, tackles climate change

Katya Gordon of Sea Change Expeditions will be the featured author for the 2019 Finlandia University Campus Read.

“The committee was intrigued by Katya Gordon’s local approach to climate activism and the similarity of her Two Harbors community on the Minnesota shoreline of Lake Superior to ours,”  Assistant Professor of English Dr. Carolyn Dekker said. “We hope her visit can help energize campus and local conversations and actions around climate change and sustainability.” 

Gordon will be on campus Oct. 22 reading from her book “Climate Change Musings and Studies from Lake Superior’s North Shore”, as well as visiting FinnU’s campus and meeting with student groups on Oct. 23. Gordon’s book will be available at North Wind Books from now until the end of October.

When asked what she hopes those attending can take away from the event, Gordon hopes her words can inspire change.

“I really hope they walk away feeling inspired to make a change in their life in some way,” said Gordon. “Buying a water bottle instead of using plastic bottles, joining a local conservation group, living in a tiny house or just feeling inspired in some ways.” 

Gordon is the author of “Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids” and this years Campus Read book “Climate Change Musings and Studies from Lake Superior’s North Shore.”

Gordon has over 15 years of experience leading canoeing, snowshoeing and backpacking trips all over North America for all age groups and abilities. Gordon and her husband have also been taking youth and young adults on four-day to three-month sailing voyages for nine years.

During these trips Gordon and her husband teach those on board how to sail, about climate change solutions and how to study, collect and record data to support research about the ecosystem of Lake Superior. On top of their trips for youth/young adults, they also take teachers on three-night trips and help them learn more ways to incorporate climate change into their classroom.

“I am looking forward to deep and meaningful conversations with people, inspired by the book or climate change,” said Gordon. “Climate change awareness has exploded in the last few years. People who haven’t had it on their radar do now and are connecting the dots. It’s a really good time to move the conversation forward, to remind everyone that what they do matters. We really do make a difference doing something.”