Thursday, May 24, 2019

Environmental & Conservation Issue Breakout Sessions

Heartwired to Love the Ocean: A Messaging Lab on How to Strengthen Public Support for Ocean Protection

Indigenous communities, people of color, young people, and community- and faith-based leaders are among the many who have an important role to play in stewarding the ocean. The research team behind Heartwired to Love the Ocean embarked on a broad, three-year audience research project to better understand how to develop messaging approaches to strengthen and diversify the ocean conservation movement.


In this messaging lab, participants will learn about the ways they can strengthen their messaging approaches — and move audiences to take action to protect the ocean.



¿Pá' dónde vamos?: Latinos and the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal provides an opportunity—unprecedented in more than a generation—to mobilize large sectors of society towards decisive, large-scale, and equitable climate action to reduce carbon emissions and avoid the worst catastrophic impacts that scientists have warned we will be locked into in the next decade if no dramatic carbon reductions occur. How do Latinos fit into this mobilization, what is at stake for them, and what can they contribute? How should the national environmental movement engage Latinos to demand an equitable social, political, environmental, technological, and climate-resilient Green New Deal in the U.S.? In short: ¿Pá' dónde vamos?, or, where are Latinos going with the Green New Deal? We will explore some of these questions in order to identify strategies through which the GreenLatinos community can advocate across grassroots, grasstops, philanthropic, and local, state, and federal governments, and other communities about the urgency of equitable engagement with Latinos around the Green New Deal.

The Socio-Ecological Impacts and Opportunities behind Cultivating Agricultural Resiliency

Los Suenos Verde Comienzan en La Finca, Apoderando/Reconociendo los Guardias que Cultivan la Resistencia Agrícola contra los cambios Climático Global aka Green Dreams which start on a Farm, Empowering/Recognize the Agricultural Stewards who Cultivate Resilience against Global Climate Change.

Public Lands As A Solution to Climate Resiliency


US Public Lands currently contribute to the Climate Crises. Approximately 23% of all US GHG come from our public lands. Our public lands can and should be part of our national climate strategy, leading us to a zero-carbon economy that guarantees clean air and water, high-quality jobs and access to nature for all.

We all have a say in how the greatest natural legacy is handed down to the next generation. It's time to develop a climate plan for our public lands that: protect and restore critical lands, reduce emissions, jumpstarts renewable energy, and creates sustainable economic opportunities.


This session will share the current status of this problem, and some of the resources and tools of public access created by TWS.

Latinos and climate change: concern, engagement, and future directions for collaborative

Research shows that Latinos care about climate change, a lot. But Americans underestimate the
degree of concern among the Latinx community, and Latinos remain underrepresented in the
environmental movement. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication is working to
address this apparent disconnect between concern and engagement, and we want to learn
from you as we do so! Parrish Bergquist will present our recent and ongoing research that illuminates where and why Latinos are concerned about climate change. She will also discuss a new direction in our
work, oriented towards identifying the best strategies for engaging Latinos in climate politics.
To inform these efforts, she wants to hear from you: how can other organizations learn from the
work that you are doing to engage and mobilize Latinos, and how can YPCCC help document
and inform strategic choices that your organizations are making?

Bridging the EdJustice & Environmental Movements to Build Stronger Communities in Every Zip Code

Educators, students, parents and community partners across the nation have been mobilizing, striking and pressing for stronger supports for public schools through the #RedForEd movement. While the red wave is aimed at lifting community voices to improve school funding, teacher pay and the conditions students and teachers need to succeed, there is also work to advance racial and social justice in schools. Through this session and a human-centered design activity, you'll learn more about the racial justice in education work led by members of the National Education Association and share your thoughts on how we can collectively leverage the EdJustice and environmental justice movements to strengthen public schools and our communities.