American Climate Leadership Summit, Day One

Mon, 28 Mar 2022 15:00:00 GMT

The 11th annual American Climate Leadership Summit 2022 (ACLS 2022) brings together world class speakers and diverse national and local leaders for four days of sharing and collaboration. It is the only national convening exclusively dedicated to building broad public support and political resolve for climate action. ACLS 2022 welcomes climate leaders of all levels–particularly those who are new and active at the local level. Join thousands of leaders like you who seek new connections and practical and immediately actionable guidance for engaging everyone, every day for just and equitable climate solutions.

Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Day Four

11:00 AM-11:20 AM

Summit Welcome + Opening Keynote
  • Vanessa Hauc, News Anchor; Director, Telemundo Network News; Telemundo News Planeta Tierra
  • Bob Perkowitz, Founder + President, ecoAmerica
  • Meighen Speiser, Executive Director, ecoAmerica

11:20 AM-11:55 AM

We Are The Solution

We have a breadth of climate solutions within our reach, however in order to implement with ambition and scale, we need the public support and political will of the American people. Each of us has the power to influence others in our lives. In this panel discussion, hear from three leaders who are reaching new audiences to inspire climate action.
  • Sistah Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, MSW, LCSW Director, AME Social Action Commission
  • Kate Meis Wright Executive Director, Climate Mayors
  • Meighen Speiser Executive Director, ecoAmerica
  • V. Fan Tait, MD, FAAP Former Chief Medical Officer, American Academy of Pediatrics

12:00 PM-12:15 PM

People Powered Science Solutions

  • Gregg Treinish, Executive Director, Adventure Scientists

12:15 PM-12:30 PM

Reality or Greenwashing: Will Business Lead

  • Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies

12:35 PM-01:05 PM

How to Prepare for Climate Change

Most people know David Pogue through his award winning work as an author and correspondent on technology on PBS, CBS Sunday Morning, the New York Times, Scientific American, and in his many books and podcasts. All of a sudden last year, he popped up with an epicly handy new book, “How to Prepare for Climate Change.” Bob Perkowitz will interview David and explore David’s transition and his insights.

  • Bob Perkowitz, Founder + President, ecoAmerica
  • David Pogue, Correspondent, CBS News Sunday Morning; Author, “How to Prepare for Climate Change”

01:05 PM-01:25 PM

Community Action: Making It Happen Climate solutions can be good for our town, our health and our climate.

  • Robert Easter, Mayor of East St. Louis, IL, MRCTI State of Illinois Chair
  • Michael Sertle, Chief Project Biologist, Ducks Unlimited
  • Colin Wellenkamp, Executive Director, Mississippi River Cities + Towns Initiative

01:25 PM-01:35 PM

Public Lands: Local Solutions to a Global Climate Crisis

The science is unequivocal: we must rapidly phase out fossil fuel development to avert the worst effects of the climate crisis. The U.S. is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in the world and almost a quarter of these emissions stems from fossil fuel development on public lands and waters. The Biden Administration can make public lands part of the climate solution, instead of the problem, by dramatically cutting oil and gas development while supporting a just economic transition for fossil-fuel-reliant communities. In this session, you’ll learn from environmental organizers about ways communities have taken action and how you, too, can be a part of the solution.

  • Daniella Gonzalez Calderon, Climate + Energy Fellow, The Wilderness Society
  • Olivia Juarez, Latinx Community Organizer, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
  • Lauren Berutich, Associate Director, Great Old Broads for Wilderness

01:35 PM-01:45 PM

Justice, Democracy, Climate: It’s a Package Deal

Hear from Beverly Wright, PhD, how we can–and must–work toward justice, democracy and climate solutions at the same time, offering a roadmap for such efforts in 2022.
  • Beverly Wright, PhD, Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

01:45 PM-01:55 PM

It’s Not the Cow It’s The How

Learn about food-based climate solutions, including how we harvest meat from Gunhild A. Stordalen, MD, PhD.

  • Gunhild A. Stordalen, MD, PhD, Founder + Executive Chair, EAT

02:00 PM-02:35 PM

Action is the Antidote]

Call to action for mobilizing a broader diversity of Americans on climate.

  • Daphne Frias, Youth Organizer/Activist, Box The Ballot
  • Brionté McCorkle, Executive Director, Georgia Conservation Voters
  • Jasmine Sanders, Executive Director, Our Climate

02:35 PM-03:10 PM

The New Climate Conversation

Advancing a new narrative of solutions, benefits, hope and action. Hear from speakers on how they’re shifting the climate conversation for greater success.

  • Chandra Farley, CEO + Founder, ReSolve + The Good Energy Project
  • Amee Raval, Policy + Research Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  • Rev. Carol Devine, Director, Blessed Tomorrow, ecoAmerica

03:15 PM-04:00 PM

American Climate Leadership Awards + Closing Keynote

Announcing the American Climate Leadership Award winners.

  • Vanessa Hauc, News Anchor; Director, Telemundo Network News; Telemundo News Planeta Tierra
  • Bill McKibben, Author, Educator, Environmentalist + Founder of
  • Bob Perkowitz, Founder + President, ecoAmerica