Home > What Could Possibly Go Right? Interview Series > Episode 7: Tim DeChristopher: The Gift of a New Mindset

July 9, 2020

Activist Tim DeChristopher presents his views on our big question with themes of identity, capitalism and mortality.

  • How the pandemic has disrupted the flimsy “identity-making” of capitalist culture, as people feel called toward more authenticity and human connection. 
  • How social media may hinder creativity and empowerment, including in responses to social crises.
  • How a renewed relationship to mortality and vulnerability will have a profound impact on how we move into the next period of history on earth.
  • How a new and different mindset could be the greatest gift that we get out of this disruption.

About Tim DeChristopher

Tim DeChristopher, as Bidder 70, disrupted an illegitimate Bureau of Land Management oil and gas auction in December of 2008, by outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. His actions and 21 month imprisonment earned him a national and international media presence, which he has used as a platform to spread the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world. Tim used his prosecution as an opportunity to organize the climate justice organization Peaceful Uprising in Salt Lake City. Tim is a Co-Founder of the Climate Disobedience Center, and after graduating from Harvard Divinity School, continues the work to defend a livable future.

Tim DeChristopher | Climate Disobedience Center

Download the transcript here.