VIRTUAL 2020 Citizens' Climate Education Great Lakes Regional Conference

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Please Join us at the 2020 Virtual Citizens’ Climate Education Great Lakes Regional Conference!

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The last few months have clearly highlighted the relationship between climate change, public health, and racial and environmental justice. While heightened political polarization makes tackling these issues more challenging, we continue to believe we can make a difference working in a nonpartisan, respectful, and collaborative way. Although we can't be together in person, we are excited to share an afternoon of hope and inspiration for climate solutions!

Tia Nelson and Bob Inglis will have a conversation about building bridges for climate action. Tia is the Climate Change Program Director for Outrider Foundation and the daughter of Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day. Bob is Executive Director of republicEn and a member of CCL's Advisory Board.

Dr. Phil Sakimoto, Director, Program for Academic Excellence, University of Notre Dame will share thoughts on productive climate discourse, why a carbon fee and dividend plan can be successful, and words of encouragement to continue on in our efforts.

We'll also hear from Mark Reynolds, CCL Executive Director, and Madeleine Para, Vice President of Programs, and spend time in state breakout sessions. See below for a detailed agenda.

Please RSVP to obtain the Zoom meeting information. If you would like to attend but live outside of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio or Wisconsin, we ask that you put your name on a wait list by contacting Jess Wilber, We'll notify you closer to the conference about availability of tickets. You may contact Jess for other questions as well.

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Saturday, October 3, 1:00 - 4:15 EDT

1- 1:15 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks, Mark Reynolds

1:15 - 1:55 Changing the Dialogue: Words, Action, and Hope - Dr. Phil Sakimoto, Director, Program for Academic Excellence, University of Notre Dame

1:55 - 2:10 Break

2:10 - 3:05 State Breakout Sessions - Meet up with others in your state for strategy, sharing successes, and connection.

3:05 - 3:20 Break

3:20 - 4:05 United, We Can Solve This - A Conversation with Tia Nelson and Bob Inglis. Tia is the Managing Director for Climate with the Outrider Foundation and daughter of Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day. Bob Inglis is the Executive Director of republicEn and a member of CCL's Advisory Board. Moderated by Madeleine Para, CCL's Vice President of Programs.

4:05 - 4:15 Closing Remarks

Sunday, October 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm EDT

Choose one of two workshops:

Inclusive Climate Outreach, Clara Fang (limited to 300 participants)

How do we create a culture that celebrates diversity and fosters a sense of inclusion, while focusing on our mission to advance the best climate policies? This session will lead participants in understanding the benefits and challenges of diversity for the climate movement and offer ideas for chapters to build relationships with people from underrepresented backgrounds, particularly those who are black, indigenous or people of color.

Using Psychology to Drive Climate Engagement, with Dr. Renee Lertzman (limited to 100 participants, please only register if you are certain you will attend)

The world is facing unprecedented challenges – from the global health crisis and climate change to racial injustice and political uncertainty. As environmental leaders, we are facing a pivot point. What are the conditions and mindsets required for a truly transformational time, as the one we are in? And how do we communicate and engage in our work in a way that fosters constructive and integrated action on climate policy and with our stakeholders overall? In this session, Dr Renee Lertzman, psychologist and founder of Project InsideOut, will explore the effective modes and mindsets of climate engagement and lead interactive, experiential practices to help participants uncover their current capabilities and how to improve their skills. Participants will also learn about the five guiding principles, a set of ideas grounded in evidence-based research and identified by Project InsideOut's advisory group to be the most powerful levers for driving sustainable behavior change for our planet. There will also be time for a dynamic Q&A with members of the CCL community to discuss how they are currently implementing this approach within the organization.

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