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Beyond Waste | Keynote Speaker | Colonialism, Climate Change, Consumerism, and the Need for Collective Change with Aja Barber

Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 3:00pm to 4:15pm

Virtual Event

Join us for a moderated discussion with Aja Barber followed by a live Q&A with the audience. Featuring her new book, Consumed: The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism.

A call to action for consumers everywhere, Aja Barber asks us to look at how and why we buy what we buy, how it's created, who it benefits, and how we can solve the problems created by a wasteful system. Barber calls for change within an industry that regularly overreaches with abandon, creating real imbalances in the environment and the lives of those who do the work - often in unsafe conditions for very low pay - and the billionaires who receive the most profit. 

Part of the Beyond Waste campaign, organized by the Campus Sustainability Office

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Event Sponsors
Alice Cook House, Campus Sustainability Office, Carl Becker House, Ecology House, Hans Bethe House, Holland International Living Center (HILC), Jameson & High Rise 5, Latino Living Center (LLC), North Campus Faculty Programs (CKB/Mews & Loving House), Women's Resource Center

Writer and consultant, Aja Barber hails from Reston, Virginia, and currently lives in London with her husband and their two cats. Consumed is her debut, a treatise on the intersection of fashion, climate change, and social justice.  Her work builds heavily on ideas behind privilege, wealth inequality, racism, feminism, colonialism and how to fix the fashion industry. After publicly announcing that she would not use fast fashion companies to sponsor her social media presence, Aja is now considered to be an expert voice in this space. You can find some of her writing on Instagram, and more of it on Patreon, where readers support her work.

Cindy Cordoba Arroyo is a PhD Candidate in Apparel Design at Cornell University. Growing up nutured by a fine arts teacher as her mother and a farmer as a father in the mountains of Santa Fe de Antioquia, Colombia, Cindy has learned sustainability from the intersection of natural systems and design. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Engineering at National University of Colombia, and her M.Sc in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising at Lousiana State University. Her research focuses on post-consumer textile waste management from airline uniforms, and seeks to offer higher material recovery rate for unused and discards uniforms.


*New* Sustainable Cornell Book Club

March 7th - May 8th
Register here  |  Virtual Event with zoom chats

Do you want to better understand how climate change, racism, wealth inequality, and consumerism are connected? Are you looking for ways to make sustainable change happen both individually and collectively? Join the Campus Sustainability Office for our new Sustainable Cornell Book Club, featuring our inaugural book by Aja Barber: Consumed | The Need for Collective Change: Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism. 

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Author Appearance, Cultural, Special Event, Webinar


Sustainability, Cornell Human Ecology, Human Centered Design, College of Human Ecology Human Centered Design, Academic Calendar, Women's Resource Center, Latino Living Center

University Themes



Sustainability, BeyondWaste, africal


Campus Sustainability Office, Women's Resource Center
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Kimberly Anderson

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Aja Barber

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Cornell students, faculty, staff, and the broader Cornell community

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