"Stories that Inspire Change"

A talk by Zelalem Adefris, Dr. Battinto Batts Jr., Dr. Christian Braneon, Rt. Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom D.Min, Laurian Farrell, Jerome Foster II, Jennifer Hughes and James Rattling Leaf
Catalyst Miami, Arizona State University, The Earth Institute, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas, Resilient Cities Network, OneMillionofUs, National Endowment for the Arts and University of Colorado-Boulder

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About this talk

Join the RNPN and leaders across climate advocacy, academia, and faith-based communities as we explore the diverse lenses of climate action and advocacy. Get inspired to act as we discuss the many facets of resilience and how we all have a unique role to play in the climate action movement.


– Welcome (12:00 - 12:05) – Bradley Dean, Communications and Partnerships Specialist, FEMA

– Stories of Climate Action (12:05 - 12:35) "Building Grassroots Leadership to Achieve Climate Justice" – Zelalem Adefris, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Catalyst Miami; "We are of Green Stuff Woven: Transformative Faith for Grasslands and Globe" – Rt. Rev. Cathleen Chittenden Bascom, D.Min, Tenth Bishop, The Episcopal Dioceses of Kansas

– Keynote Speaker (12:35 - 12:50) – Laurian Farrell, Regional Director of North America, Resilient Cities Network

– Break (12:50 - 12:55)

– The Diverse Lenses of Climate Action and Advocacy (12:55 - 1:45) – Dr. Battinto Batts Jr., Dean, Walter Conkrite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University (Moderator); Dr. Christian Braneon – Co-Chair, New York City Panel on Climate Change and Co-Director, Environmental Justice and Climate Just Cities Network at the Earth Institute; Jennifer Hughes, Director of Design and Creative Placemaking, National Endowment of the Arts (NEA); James Rattling Leaf – Research Associate at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado-Boulder

– The Voice of Youth (1:45 - 2:00) – Jerome Foster II, White House Climate Advisor; Executive Director at OneMillionOfUS; Environmental Activist

The views expressed herein are those of the individual contributors and may not represent the views of the U.S. Government. Nothing herein should be construed as an endorsement of any non-government entities, organizations, or service, or as a formal statement of guidance, or policy position of FEMA or other U.S. Government entities.