Live event: Wikipedia and Women in the Climate Change Movement

Join a conversation with Dr. Ayana Johnson, interviewed by Dame Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight and introduced by Katherine Maher.

Our planet is facing an urgent climate crisis and access to neutral, fact-based, and current information about climate change topics play a critical role in our ability to respond. In turn, the role of Wikipedia has never mattered more (as highlighted in a recent Mashable article). But Wikipedia can only fully realize this mission by working to close gaps in climate change content that is about and by women.

It is with this in mind that the Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce a special live discussion with passionate conservation strategist Dr. Ayana Johnson. Dr. Johnson is the founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities, and is co-editor of All We Can Save, a book of essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement. Dr. Johnson has been editing Wikipedia since 2015 when, during a World Oceans Day editathon, she created an article for ocean zoning.

Dr. Johnson will be interviewed by Dame Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, the co-founder of the Women in Red, a WikiProject to address the current gender bias in Wikipedia content. Rosie and Dr. Johnson will have a conversation about Wikipedia and the role it plays regarding women in the climate change movement, as well as how we can all help to turn the red links blue in regards to women environmentalists. Wikimedia Foundation CEO Katherine Maher will provide welcome remarks to kick off the conversation.

The event details are as follows:

Wikipedia and Women in the Climate Change Movement
Join a special event hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation
Thursday, 10 December 2020 at 18:00 UTC
Watch live via Zoom or YouTube

There will be 30 minutes of Q&A at the end of the conversation for anyone in the audience to ask questions of Dr. Johnson or Dame Stephenson-Goodknight. If you would like to submit a question in advance, please add it as a comment to this blog post.

In joint participation with WikiDonne, we are announcing a month long editathon focused on women environmentalists that are playing a crucial role in the climate change movement. As part of this effort, we are hosting two, one hour meetings on Friday, 11 December 2020. These two kickoff events are open to everyone to help edit and create articles, and no prior experience is needed.

The two editathon event details are as follows:

Friday, 11 December 2020
Hour One: 16:00 UTC (watch via Zoom or on YouTube)
Hour Two: 18:30 UTC (watch via Zoom or on YouTube)