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The 11th Annual American Climate Leadership Summit 2022 (ACLS 2022) starts on Monday, March 28 and includes the National Health + Climate Forum (March 30) and the National Faith + Climate Forum (March 31). Our state-of-the-art event platform will keep you connected and engaged with live speaker Q+As, in-session chat, dynamic polls, and person-to-person networking. You won’t want to miss it — register now with the FREE code for subscribers: EASUBSCRIBER

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The exciting lineup of ACLS 2022 speakers includes: J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE (President + CEO, Trust for America's Health), Natasha Sood, MPH (Co-Founder, Medical Students for a Sustainable Future), Renee Salas, MD, MPH, MS (Lead Author, 2021 Lancet Countdown, U.S. Brief Lancet Countdown; Harvard Global Health Institute), Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. (President + Founder, Hip Hop Caucus), Katharine Hayhoe, PhD (Endowed Chair in Public Policy + Public Law; Professor, Texas Tech University), Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley (Board Chair, Interfaith Power + Light), Brionté McCorkle (Executive Director, Georgia Conservation Voters), David Pogue (Correspondent, CBS News Sunday Morning; Author, "How to Prepare for Climate Change"), Hon. Mandela Barnes (45th Lieutenant Governor, Wisconsin), and more. Join us!

Speaker Lineup
Highlights from the 4 Day ACLS 2022 Agenda

→ March 28: ACLS Day 1 + American Climate Leadership Awards

We Are The Solution
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.

How to Prepare for Climate Change
David Pogue popped up with an epicly handy new book, “How to Prepare for Climate Change.” Bob Perkowitz will interview David and explore his insights.

American Climate Leadership Awards
The American Climate Leadership Awards 2022 ceremony will be a live, virtual broadcast event hosted by the selection committee which includes international environmental advocate and eco-living expert Laura Turner Seydel, World Resources Institute Founder and Overall Climate Hero Gus Speth, Future Coalition Executive Director Katie Eder, APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin, environmental scientist, advocate, scholar, and entrepreneur Dr. Michael K Dorsey, 35th Mayor of Salt Lake City Jackie Biskupski, Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., and Earth Uprising Founder Alexandria Villaseñor. Author, environmental activist, founder and this year’s selection committee chair, Bill McKibben.

ACLS 2022 Schedule

→ March 29: ACLS Day 2

Be a Climate Superhero
America needs all of us, including you, to help bring others around us toward solutions. You can be a climate superhero! Hear from leaders who prove that one person can be the change we want to see in the world (and for our climate).

Overcoming Climate Disasters
From raging wildfires in the Western United States to stronger hurricanes hitting the coasts, Americans are feeling and seeing the impacts of a warmer world. Samantha Montano, PhD discusses the ways in which we can better prepare for climate disasters and support those impacted.

Target 2022: Policy, Politics, Prospects + Priorities
Hear from leaders working to move ambitious and just climate action forward in 2022, and what we can all do to help build the public support and political will needed for a healthy, safer, and prosperous future.

ACLS 2022 Schedule

→ March 30: National Health + Climate Forum

Opening Keynote
Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD CEO, American Psychological Association

US Leadership on Climate + Health: The Office of Climate Change & Health Equity at HHS
The Department of Health and Human Services announced the formation of the Office of Climate Change & Health Equity in summer 2021. Hear more about the goals and agenda for this office and some early accomplishments.

Where we are on Climate, Health + Equity: Tools from The Lancet Countdown
It has been 5 months since the 2021 Lancet Countdown U.S. Brief was released. How are we operationalizing the findings to build health equity through climate solutions? What indicators should be considered for the 2022 brief?

Mental Health + Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Inequities, Responses
In this session, hear from the authors of this report and the latest tools and resources for practitioners, communities, and policymakers to address the mental health impacts of climate change.

Climate Change + Disabilities: Collaboration with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities
Over 61 million Americans have a disability and more than 1 billion do worldwide. People with disabilities need to be engaged at every level of climate justice.

Reports from the Field: Direct from Climate for Health Ambassadors
Get to know your host, Climate for Health, through this session that will outline the opportunities for you to act and advocate with tools and resources provided through our program. Hear directly from Climate for Health Ambassadors about their actions to engage communities, peers, and policymakers on equitable climate solutions.

Caring for Yourself to Care for the Planet
Engaging with our climate emergency can feel overwhelming at times. To do our best work, we all need to prioritize self-care every day.

How to Build Programs + Policies that Equitably Address Climate's Health Effects
Organized by Healthy Babies Bright Futures and the National League of Cities, connect with experts to dive into step-by-step playbooks detailing city strategies that address “the trifecta” of climate, health, and equity.

ACLS 2022 Schedule

→ March 31: National Faith + Climate Forum

Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas Missioner for Creation Care, Episcopal Diocese Western MA + S. NE Conf, UCC and Rev. Carol Devine Director, Blessed Tomorrow, ecoAmerica

Opening Keynote
Katharine Hayhoe, noted climate scientist and Climate Ambassador of the World Evangelical Audience will discuss the importance of engaging people in our communities and congregations in the climate discussion. She will be interviewed by ecoAmerica President, Bob Perkowitz, who recommends every read "Saving Us: A Climate Scientists Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World" by Katharine.

Letting Go of Fear
In focus groups and conversations, clergy and lay leaders have shared with Blessed Tomorrow a fear of leading on climate. This can be based on a fear of not knowing enough about the topic, a fear of appearing partisan or political in the pulpit, and/or a fear of taking on one new issue too many in a position with limited capacity and resources.

With God’s Help: Climate Advocacy in Fossil Fuel Country
Faith-based climate advocacy can be powerful at the local level, helping to provide a new context for action outside of traditional political boundaries and rhetoric. Hear from a faith leader working in a fossil fuel-heavy state like Pennsylvania, and the successes made possible by living and sharing your faith values on climate and holding policymakers accountable to do the same. 

Disaster Relief: Climate Action
We can care for our neighbors AND for our climate, but we need the government and other sectors to support this work with resources and funding to prevent disaster and build resilience, not just respond to it afterward. Hear stories from faith communities that have the power to move policymakers to action.

Caring for Creation in Congregations + Communities
Faith communities aren’t just preaching and teaching the faith and climate connection, they’re leading to call for and implement climate solutions that can transform their communities in partnership with others. How do they do this? Hear from leaders on communications and strategies to increase action/advocacy through partnership and how to replicate their successes.

Catalyzing Climate Justice
We can bring forth climate justice, but we need a harmony of voices calling for action. Hear from leaders at the forefront of faith-leader mobilization for climate action about the importance of inviting people to the fight with the right tools, resources, and support. Learn how you can get involved.

Hear the Call: Faith-based Policy Advocacy
Federal advocacy is key to advancing the bold, sweeping policies needed to ensure we and our future generations have a liveable planet, health, and the ability to thrive going forward. Hear from experts about the various opportunities to lift your voice to federal policymakers and receive encouragement to lean in and join others who commit to do more.

Closing Keynote
Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, Board Chair, Interfaith Power + Light

See you at ACLS 2022

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