Cynthia Linton

Speakers Bureau / Cynthia Linton


Cynthia Linton was a founding member of the Chicago chapter and a former chair. She is now Communications Chair, with responsibility for the chapter’s publications and publicity, including the newsletter, Action Alerts, and social media. She is a retired journalist (community newspapers) and taught for two decades in Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism’s master’s program. While at Medill, she conducted several studies about diversity and journalism, and published “The Chicago Ethnic Handbook.” She learned about global warming from the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006) and became active with the local Sierra Club chapter. As a grandmother, she wanted to spare that generation from the worst impacts predicted for the future if little changes. Her activism kicked into high gear when she retired and was trained by Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project in 2017. She was educated at Smith College and Boston University, and lives in Chicago.


A bit more: 

Cynthia went to Hudson’s Bay in northern Canada to see polar bears before they disappear. Her favorite trip was photographing animals in Africa.

Climate Reality Leadership Corps training: 

Seattle, 2017

Home zip code: 

60611 (Chicago)

Miles willing to travel for a presentation: 


Key topics likes to focus on:  

Home electrification, weather, impacts in Illinois, food and food waste, overview of climate change, and What You Can Do.

Ideal audience-type: 

Anyone eager to learn more

Favorite quote:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

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