Cate Mingoya-LaFortune, author of Climate Action for Busy People, in conversation with David Sittenfeld

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Cate Mingoya-LaFortune for the release of her book Climate Action for Busy People! David Sittenfeld, Director of The Center for the Environment at the Museum of Science, Boston will join Mingoya-LaFortune in conversation. This event will take place on Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).

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As unprecedented heat waves, storms of the century, and devastating fires impact cities across the country, the time to create climate resilient communities is now. While large-scale innovations in policy and technology are necessary to preserve the planet, the wisest and most lasting adaptation solutions originate at the local level. However, with something as large as the climate crisis, it can be hard to know where to begin.     

Climate Action for Busy People is a hopeful and realistic roadmap for individuals and groups who want to boost climate preparedness and move the needle towards environmental justice. Drawing from her professional and personal success in climate adaptation and community organizing, Cate Mingoya-LaFortune begins with a brief history of why our communities look the way they do (spoiler, it’s not an accident!) and how that affects how vulnerable we are to climate risks. Each chapter will help readers scale up their actions, from identifying climate solutions that an individual or small group can pull off in a handful of weekends, like tree plantings or depaving parties, to advocating for change at the municipal level through coalition-building and data collection. It’s not too late for people of all ages and skill levels to create climate safe neighborhoods.  

Climate Action for Busy People is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to make lasting and equitable improvements that will make their communities climate resilient.


"This book removes the anxiety that many of us have in feeling solely responsible for solving a global crisis. With a vital focus on nature as an often-overlooked solution for building resilience, she unlocks our ability to imagine a new world and act. We all could use Cate’s optimism and pragmatism as we confront a changing climate and the challenges of our past and those ahead."
— Benita D. Hussain, Chief Program Officer for Tree Equity at American Forests

"Cate Mingoya-LaFortune combines the tactical genius of an urban planner with the joyous storytelling finesse of your favorite teacher.  If you want to know how and why the planet is in crisis and what we can do to reverse course, this book is a must."
— Karilyn Crockett, former Chief of Equity, City of Boston


Cate Mingoya-LaFortune is a people-centered climate adaptation planner, community organizer, educator, parent, and cautious optimist. Raised in an environmental justice neighborhood, she is committed to furthering a future where all people live in clean, thriving communities. She received a BA in biology from Reed College, a Master of Science Education from CUNY Lehman, and a Master of City planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She currently serves as the Chief Officer of Climate Resilience and Land Use at Groundwork USA. She lives with her family and community in New England. 

David Sittenfeld serves as Director for the Center for the Environment at the Museum of Science, Boston. Dr. Sittenfeld has been an educator at the Museum of Science for approximately 25 years, overseeing special projects and network-scale activities pertaining to issues that lie at the intersection of science and society. David served as principal investigator for the NOAA-funded Citizen Science, Civics and Resilient Communities project and co-PI for the Science Center Public Forums project, which implemented community-based science-to-civics activities at 30 US science centers on extreme heat, drought, extreme precipitation, and sea level rise. He currently serves as Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded Building Capacity for Co-Created Public Engagement with Science project, which works to embed community and civic priorities into the design and implementation of public engagement activities.  David led the Wicked Hot Boston and Wicked Hot Mystic projects which identified heat and air quality related vulnerabilities in over 20 communities in and around Boston through community-engaged participatory science. He has overseen the Museum’s work on projects for NOAA, NASA, NSF, the Department of Energy, the Sloan Foundation, and the United Nations. David holds a PhD in Public Policy with a concentration in Sustainability and Resilience from Northeastern University, where he researched and implemented participatory methods and geospatial modeling and visualization techniques for environmental health assessment and public engagement about climate related hazards. 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Published: Island Press - June 18th, 2024


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