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2022 Virtual Earth Day Summit | April 21st

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A Conversation for Our Future

Join The Nature Conservancy California’s Second Annual Virtual Earth Day Summit. An active forum on climate change, power alternatives and plastic pollution. 

Hear from leading environmentalists and climate scientists like Dr. John Francis and Paul Hawken, as well as committed advocates like former Secretary and current Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry and actor Meryl Streep. 

The summit will feature panel discussions and one-on-one conversations designed to provide inspiration, science-based solutions and actionable steps participants can take to make a difference wherever they are.

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Secretary John Kerry Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. © Secretary John Kerry

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Secretary John Kerry

On January 20th 2021, John F. Kerry was sworn in as our nation’s first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and the first-ever Principal to sit on the National Security Council entirely dedicated to climate change. President Biden announced Kerry would have a seat at every table around the world as he combats the climate crisis to meet the existential threat that we face. In recent years, Kerry was the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s first ever Visiting Distinguished Statesman, following his four years as the 68th United States Secretary of State. As America’s top diplomat, he guided the Department’s strategy on nuclear nonproliferation, combating radical extremism, and the threat of climate change. His tenure was marked by the successful negotiation of the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement.

From 1985 to 2013, he served as a U.S. Senator representing Massachusetts, and he was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2009 to 2013. Secretary Kerry served in the U.S. Navy, completing two combat tours of duty in Vietnam for which he received a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Combat V, and three Purple Hearts. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Boston College Law School. Secretary Kerry is the best-selling author of A Call to Service, This Moment on Earth with his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, and his 2018 memoir, Every Day Is Extra, which The New York Times described as “a bittersweet reminder of what the country once demanded of its leaders.” Secretary Kerry was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2004. 

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Paul Hawken American environmentalist, entrepreneur, author, economist, and activist. © Paul Hawken

American environmentalist, entrepreneur, author, economist, and activist

Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is a visionary social entrepreneur, the award-winning author of multiple landmark books including Blessed Unrest, The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism (co-author), The Ecology Of Commerce: A Declaration Of Sustainability, and Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation. His work focuses on environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. In 2019, the National Council for Science and the Environment granted him a Lifetime Achievement Award on Science, Service, and Leadership.

Hawken, famously promotes the idea that we can end the climate crisis in one generation, Hawken is also the Co-Founder of OneSun Inc., an innovative energy company focused on low-cost solar based on green chemistry. 

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Meryl Streep Acclaimed actress and environmental activist. © Meryl Streep

Acclaimed actress and environmental activist

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is an accomplished actress, also known for her various environmental efforts. She began her environmental advocacy in the 1980’s with the Natural Resource Defense Council. In 1989, she co-founded Mother & Others, a consumer advocacy group that worked successfully for 12 years to protect the health of children and the environment and to support organic, local, and sustainable agriculture. Meryl has advocated for organizations including the Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Scenic Hudson, and the Children's Health Environmental Coalition.

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Dr. John Francis American environmentalist champion also known as the "The Planetwalker". © Dr. John Francis

American environmentalist champion also known as the "The Planetwalker"

Dr. John Francis

In 1991, Dr. John Francis known all over the world as the Planetwalker, was appointed the United Nations Environment Program’s Goodwill Ambassador to the World’s Grassroots Communities. Dr. Francis is visiting associate professor at the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is teaching both graduate and undergraduate seminars in environmental studies. He is also the first education fellow at the National Geographic Society where he has published two books, Planetwalker: 17 Years of Silence, 22 Years of Walking, and The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World.

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Emma Stewart, Ph.D. Netflix’s first SustainabilityOfficer © Emma Stewart, Ph.D.

Netflix’s first Sustainability Officer

Emma Stewart, Ph.D.

Emma Stewart, Ph.D., is Netflix’s first Sustainability Officer, where together with teams from across the company, she seeks to bring Netflix's carbon footprint to net zero, raise awareness through film and television content, and engage the company’s hundreds of millions of members on climate & environmental change.

She previously led World Resources Institute’s global work on urban efficiency, climate, and finance. She served on the Board of the U.S. Green Building Council and software company Ecomedes. She has been a member of the professional faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business where she taught “Intrapreneurship for Sustainability”. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters, The Guardian, Tribune, The Huffington Post, Environmental Law Journal, among others. She is a contributing author to Corporate Responses to Climate Change and The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Business, and her work is featured in books Frugal Innovation and The Big Pivot.

Emma was rated a “Badass Woman in Sustainability” by GreenBiz, a "top 3 speaker" by The Economist Summits, and has been named a “one of the most powerful women under 45” and an “urban pioneer” by FORTUNE Magazine, a “sustainability insurgent” by MIT Sloan Management Review, and one of the “Top 10 Women in Sustainability” by American Builders. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters, The Guardian, Tribune, The Huffington Post, Environmental Law Journal, among others. She is a contributing author to Corporate Responses to Climate Change and The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Business, and her work is featured in books Frugal Innovation and The Big Pivot.


She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from Stanford University and a B.A. Honours degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University.

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Dr. Eric Rignot & Julia Rignot Dr. Rignot is a senior researcher, NASA's JPL, and Julia is a journalist & film producer. © Dr. Eric Rignot & Julia Rignot

Dr. Rignot is a senior researcher, NASA's JPL, and Julia is a journalist & film producer

Dr. Eric Rignot & Julia Rignot

Dr. Eric Rignot is a Chancellor Professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and Senior Research Scientist for the Radar Science and Engineering Section at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a principal investigator on several NASA-funded projects to study the mass balance of the Greenland ice sheets and Antarctic ice sheets by using radar interferometry and other methods. In 2007 he contributed to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report WGI (Working Group I) which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with VP Al Gore.

Julia Rignot is a journalist and documentary filmmaker with extensive experience in producing, editing and researching nonfiction stories for international audiences. She single handedly shot and produced a documentary in Northwest Greenland that explores up-close the complicated and personal side of glaciology, experiencing first-hand the risks and effects of climate change on glaciers.

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Dr. Michael E. Mann Professor of atmospheric science and author. © Dr. Michael E. Mann

Professor of atmospheric science and author

Dr. Michael E. Mann

Dr. Michael E. Mann is a distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. In 2020, he shared his climate concerns and insights as a speaker at Bloomberg Green Festival. Dr. Mann is author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and five books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy, The Tantrum that Saved the World and 2021's The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet.

He has received a number of honors and awardsfor his work on climate change, conservation, and environmental science. 

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Todd Brady Director of Global Public Affairs and Sustainability for Intel Corporation. © Todd Brady

Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Global Public Affairs for Intel Corporation

Todd Brady

Todd Brady is the Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Global Public Affairs for Intel Corporation. In this role he leads state and local government affairs, media and community relations, corporate volunteerism and sustainability at the company's major manufacturing and office locations around the globe. In addition to overseeing regulatory and community engagement strategies in the US, China, Southeast Asia, Israel, Ireland and Latin America, he directs Intel’s global initiatives to make Intel “smart & green” by leading corporate-wide sustainability programs such as climate, energy and water conservation, green design and the integration of internet of things (IoT) solutions to create smart and green offices, buildings and facilities of the future. During his 20+ years at Intel, Todd has represented the company publicly in numerous forums and led industry-wide initiatives in many national and international committees. He has authored more than 20 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings on a variety of sustainability topics. In 2009, he was named by Scientific American as one of ten outstanding leaders involved in research, business or policy pursuits that have advanced science and technology. Todd holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Dianna Cohen Artist, activist and Co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. © Dianna Cohen

Artist, activist and Co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition

Dianna Cohen

Dianna Cohen is a Los Angeles-based visual artist, an exemplar of what an artivist is, and the co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a group that addresses the pervasive problem of plastic pollution. She uses plastic bags as the basis for two- and three-dimension works of art.

With the Plastic Pollution Coalition, she helps to raise awareness of ocean waste -- the majority of which is nondegradable plastic -- and everyday strategies to cut down the amount of plastic we use and throw away.

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Saul Griffith Inventor, entrepreneur, author and founder and Chief Scientist of Otherlab and Rewiring America. © Saul Griffith

Inventor, entrepreneur, author and founder and Chief Scientist of Otherlab and Rewiring America

Saul Griffith

Dr. Saul Griffith is an inventor, entrepreneur, author, and the founder and Chief Scientist of Otherlab- an independent research & design lab that has raised over $70M in research and design contracts, amassed $100M in follow-on capital and spun-out 12 companies over the past 10 years. His latest book Electrify: An Optimist's Playbook for Our Clean Energy Future is his "optimistic—but realistic and feasible—action plan for fighting climate change while creating new jobs and a healthier environment" through the electrification of everything.

​Dr. Griffith believes his blueprint will create new jobs and a healthier environment. Saul is also founder and chief scientist at Rewiring America, a nonprofit dedicated to widespread electrification as a means of fighting climate change, creating jobs, making our air cleaning, and saving the future for our children.

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Jenna Johnson

Head of Patagonia Inc.

Jenna Johnson

As Head of Patagonia, Inc, Jenna Johnson oversees Patagonia’s apparel and equipment division as the company works to align its business more strongly with its mission and sport communities. Previously, Johnson, an avid rock climber, had been vice president of technical outdoor for the company, leading groups that built products for everything from trail running to snowboarding. She has an executive MBA from the University of Washington.

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Caroline Gleich Professional ski mountaineer, endurance athlete, and activist for the environment and equality © Caroline Gleich

Professional ski mountaineer, endurance athlete, and activist for the environment and equality

Caroline Gleich

Caroline is a committed activist for social and environmental justice. She’s testified to the House and the Senate about how climate change is affecting snowsports. Her goal is to inspire people to get outside, live a healthy active lifestyle and protect the places we love. Caroline has summitted some of the highest peaks in the world including Everest/Chomolungma and Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest peak in the world. In her home mountain range, she is the first woman to have skied all the lines in “The Chuting Gallery,” a steep skiing guidebook to the Wasatch. When she’s not in the mountains, she’s interviewing athletes, elected officials, and others for her podcast, The Caroline Gleich Show, about how sports can change the world. 

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Malaika Vaz National Geographic Explorer, TV presenter, and wildlife filmmaker. © Malaika Vaz

National Geographic Explorer, TV presenter, and wildlife filmmaker

Malaika Vaz

Malaika Vaz is a National Geographic Explorer, TV presenter, and wildlife filmmaker focused on telling stories of endangered wildlife, the human-wildlife interface, and investigating the illegal wildlife trade globally. Vaz hosts, directs, and produces documentaries for a wide range of TV networks and is the co-founder of Untamed Planet - an award-winning production house focused on creating impactful natural history and environmental programming to drive conservation efforts.

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Sally Jewell Global Board Member who previously served as Interim Chief Executive Officer for The Nature Conservancy. © Sally Jewel

Global Board Member and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell is a Global Board Member who previously served as Interim Chief Executive Officer for The Nature Conservancy.

Previously, Jewell was U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 2013 to 2017. During her tenure, she was recognized for using a science-based, landscape-level, collaborative approach to natural resources management. Her work included championing the importance of science and sharing data to better understand the earth’s systems, encouraging investments for more sustainable use of water in the West, deepening relationships with indigenous communities and long-term conservation of the nation’s most vulnerable and irreplaceable natural, cultural and historic treasures. She demonstrated a commitment to connecting people to nature, particularly youth, with efforts to encourage tens of millions of young people to play, learn, serve and work on public lands.

Jewell was previously President and CEO of REI, a $2.6 billion retailer dedicated to facilitating outdoor adventures. Earlier in her career, she served for 19 years in commercial banking across a wide range of industries and began her career as an engineer in the energy sector. She has been active in governance and board leadership for corporations and nonprofit organizations, including serving as a Regent of the University of Washington where she is currently a Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment.

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Program

Thursday, April 21, 2022

10:00 AM - 2:30 PM PT | All times stated are in Pacific Time (PDT)


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

OPENING SESSION

Opening Remarks

Kevin Reilly, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Nature Conservancy in California

Keynote Speech

Secretary John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Opening Conversation

Paul Hawken, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur, Author, Economist, and Activist

Mike Sweeney, The Nature Conservancy in California's Executive Officer


11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

CLIMATE CHANGED: WHAT NOW?

Special Conversation

Dr. Eric Rignot, Senior Researcher, NASA's JPL

Julia Rignot, Journalist and Film Producer

Daniel Johnson, Director of Communications & Marketing, The Nature Conservancy California

Panel Conversation

Moderated by Daniel Johnson, Director of Communications & Marketing, The Nature Conservancy California

Dr. John Francis, Author, Professor, and Environmentalist, "The Planetwalker"

Caroline Gleich, Professional Ski Mountaineer, Endurance Athlete, and Activist

Dr. Michael E. Mann, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Author

Malaika Vaz, Wildlife Filmmaker and Environmental Journalist


12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

OUR PLASTIC PLANET

Panel Conversation

Moderated by Dr. Alexis Jackson, Associate Director, Oceans Program, The Nature Conservancy California

Dianna Cohen, Artist, Activist and Co-Founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition

Jenna Johnson, Head of Patagonia, Inc.

Senator Ben Allen, California State Senator


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

GREAT POWER AND GREAT RESPONSIBILITY

Panel Conversation

Moderated by Laura Crane, Director, Climate Program, The Nature Conservancy California

Dr. Saul Griffith, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Author and Founder and Chief Scientist of Otherlab and Rewiring America

Dr. Emma Stewart, Netflix Chief Sustainability Officer

Todd Brady, Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Global Public Affairs, Intel

Sally Jewell, Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, TNC Global Board Member, Former CEO of REI, Inc.


2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

CLOSING SESSION

Closing Conversation

Meryl Streep, Actress and Activist

Jennifer Morris, Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy

Climate change is here and the world has a choice to make. We can take action, or we can let life in the places we love become unbearable. Join us the the 2022 Virtual Earth Day Summit and find out how you fit into the solution. 

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