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February National Call – Good Trouble: COP26 Attendee Perspectives
February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
Good Trouble: COP26 Attendee Perspectives
Join us to hear the first hand experiences of three COP 26 attendees at the nearly two weeks long United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow, Scotland that began October 31, 2021. Our panelists bring their own unique environmental backgrounds and perspectives to talk about the successes and failures of this critical global event, and what it means for our environmental focused actions this year and in the planning and preparation for COP27. Each panelist will share their own stories, after which you will have an opportunity to address with them your own concerns and questions. We hope you will join us as we reflect on this most recent and crucial international climate summit.
Joseph Robertson is Global Strategy Director for the non-partisan non-profit Citizens’ Climate Education. He is the lead strategist supporting the Acceleration Dialogues (diplomatic climate-solutions roundtables), the Engage4Climate civic engagement network, and the Resilience Intel climate-smart finance initiative. Joseph represents CCE and a network of 175,000 Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers from 55 countries, in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the UNFCCC negotiations, and other United Nations processes. He also works with the EAT Foundation to develop a Sustainable Food Finance Action Track.He is founder of the Geoversiv Foundation and editorial director of Earth Intelligence—a start-up news service, convening space, and podcast covering the state of humanity’s relationship to Earth systems and the related landscape of economic and technical innovation.
|Betsy Wilkening is a learner, engineer, educator, environmentalist, volunteer, wife, mom and activist. Her career has spanned jobs in industry, preK-12 classroom teaching, teacher professional development, outreach education, and community engagement. As a teacher, she had the opportunity to work and visit the Arctic, which led to becoming a founding member and now president of Polar Educators International. Betsy is a 5th generation Arizonan. Her ancestors first occupied lands of the Tohono O’Odham and Yaqui people in Tucson under the Mexican flag. Betsy’s hispanic roots run deep in the Sonoran Desert, and as members of her community are disproportionately affected by extreme heat, persistent drought and extreme storm events, she is passionate about empowering all to take action to build a more resilient community.|
Dr. Allison Morrill Chatrchyan is a Senior Research Associate in the Departments of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Global Development at Cornell University. As a social scientist, her work focuses on the interactions between social, environmental, and agricultural systems. Dr. Chatrchyan facilitates interdisciplinary research and extension teams and helps develop resources, tools and training for stakeholders on climate change adaptation and mitigation. Her research is focused on assessing stakeholder views and actions on climate change, multi-level climate change governance mechanisms, and climate change policies and institutions. She teaches two capstone courses on climate change, and led the team development of the Cornell Climate Smart Farming Program and Cornell Climate Stewards program with Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Northeast Regional Climate Center. She has led the Cornell Delegations to the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) under the UNFCCC since COP21, and has served on the delegation of the Republic of Armenia to COP conferences. Prior to joining Cornell, she worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Dutchess County; the Bard Center for Environmental Policy; University of Maryland; United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, France; and the Environmental Policy Center in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. from Colby College in Waterville, ME, and her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Maryland College Park.