Thank you for all you do to lead on climate and for joining the American Climate Leadership Summit 2020, the largest and most diverse gathering of leaders dedicated to expanding American public support and political resolve for climate action.

Enjoy and please share this recap including links to all the session videos with current thinking from climate leaders including: Bill McKibben 350.org, Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University, Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University, Chris Anderson, TED, Christiana Figueres, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and US Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Bob Perkowitz Opening Keynote — 4 Resets on Climate Ambition, Restoration, Justice

DAY 1 | Our Future is Now

Session I: Setting the Stage: Where We’re At, Where We Need to Go on Climate

Our attention is necessarily focused on COVID-19, economic downturn and job loss, structural racism, and so many issues currently facing our country, but we must not lose sight of the urgency for climate action.

  • Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University
  • Bob Perkowitz, ecoAmerica

Click Below To Watch Other Day 1 Sessions

  • Geof Rochester, GRC Advising
  • Seth Goldman, Eat the Change
  • Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University
  • Bishop Staccato Powell, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Tia Nelson, Outrider Foundation
  • Vanessa Hauc, Noticiero Telemundo
  • Nicole Horseherder, Tó Nizhóní Ání
  • Sacoby Wilson, Ph.D., M.S., University of Maryland-Collage Park
  • Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome, The Kresge Foundation
  • Meighen Speiser, ecoAmerica

DAY 2 | Driving Change

Session V: Multi-Solving: Pandemic, Economy, Racism, Climate Change

As we approach the 2020 elections and the next administration, how can we ensure solutions benefit the institutions, people and a future that will reduce inequities and build a thriving, healthy nation?

  • Vanessa Hauc, Noticiero Telemundo
  • Bill McKibben, 350.org

Click Below To Watch Other Day 2 Sessions

  • Rebecca Rehr, ecoAmerica
  • Georges C. Benjamin, M.D., American Public Health Association
  • V. Fain Tait, M.D., FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Sacoby Wilson, Ph.D., M.S., University of Maryland-College Park
  • Anita Fête Crews, ecoAmerica
  • Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, United Church of Christ
  • Rev. Michel Malcom MDiv, MBA, The People's Justice Council
  • Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, Lexington Theological Seminary
  • Hon. Jennifer Roberts, ecoAmerica
  • Hon. Jackie Biskupski, 35th Mayor, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Hon. Errick Simmons, Greenville, Mississippi
  • Sarita Turner, Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Rebecca Rehr, ecoAmerica
  • Piper Christian, University of Utah
  • Katie Eder, Future Coalition
  • Daniela Fernandez, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
  • Sofia Gilani, Green Muslims

DAY 3 | Getting to The Future We Want

Session X: Getting to Global Restoration, Challenging the Assumptions

Some people think climate restoration is a real possibility. Others think it’s wishful thinking. This session will paint a vision of the future we want, and provide answers.

  • Bob Perkowitz, ecoAmerica
  • Julio Friedmann, Ph.D., Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy
  • Jennifer Wilcox Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institue

Click Below To Watch Other Day 3 Sessions

  • Bob Perkowitz, ecoAmerica
  • Chris Anderson, TED
  • Christiana Figueres, Global Optimism/UNFCCC
  • Lisa Renstrom, Bonwood Social Investments
  • Bronson Griscom, Ph.D., Conservation International
  • Anne Merwin, Ocean Conservancy
  • Matt Russell, Iowa Interfaith Power + Light
  • Vanessa Hauc, Noticiero Telemundo
  • Carlton Waterhouse, Howard University
  • JC Woodley, B.S., M.S., JAPRI.org

DAY 4 | Catalyzing Climate Action

Session XIV: The Politics of Climate Change

What can we do to ensure that just and equitable climate solutions are a priority issue during and after the next election?

  • Meigehn Speiser, ecoAmerica
  • Hon. Brian Schatz, U.S. Senator (D-HI)
  • Hon. Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator (D-RI)

Click Below To Watch Other Day 4 Sessions

  • Meighen Speiser, ecoAmerica
  • Celinda Lake, Lake Research Partners
  • Nathaniel Stinnett, Environmental Voter Project
  • Meighen Speiser, ecoAmerica
  • Nancy Faulstich, Regeneración- Pajaro Valley Climate Action
  • Kat Lockwood, CALPIRG Students
  • Phil Sharp, ecoAmerica
  • Michelle Deatrick, DNC Environment + Climate Crisis Council
  • Lindsay Harper, Arm in Arm
  • Meighen Speiser, ecoAmerica
  • Bob Perkowitz, ecoAmerica


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ANNOUNCING: American Climate Leadership Awards 2021 is awarding a share of $155,000 to organizations and individuals who are accelerating climate change action in their communities — protecting people & the planet. Apply by 12/15.

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