september, 2018

12sep8:00 am3:30 pmEducation: Key to Long-term Climate Action Success8:00 am - 3:30 pm Exploratorium Event Organized By: CalEPA, CA Department of Education, CalRecycle, CA Subject Matter Project, CA State Board of Education, Strategic Energy Innovations, Ten Strands, and the University of CA Event Type:EducationAudience:Invite Only


Event Details


Leaders across the world have a responsibility to prepare and empower young people to tackle the profound challenges resulting from global climate change. Environmental and climate literacy for all students across the globe is key to solving those challenges. It is critical that we tap into the vast potential for youth to catalyze a stronger, more inclusive, more vibrant climate movement.

Event Details

This one-day event will focus on elevating the importance of education as a systemic, strategic tool to advance climate action and identify how sectors across the climate movement can work together to support policies, initiatives, and actions that advance this goal and climate action more broadly. The day will feature inspiring youth and adult speakers highlighting the power of education and activism, and feature an engaging youth performance.

The day will also include panels with short presentations, followed by rich discussion and brainstorming sessions with audience members focused on action-oriented goals. The topics explored in each panel will map back to Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) Challenges.

Panel Descriptions

From Classrooms to Climate Action: Empowering All California Students

This panel will feature stakeholders at different levels of California’s education system—from state agencies to students—and showcase how major education policy shifts have resulted in student and community-based action in areas of California that face some of the most critical environmental injustices.

Scaling Education Efforts to Achieve Global Climate Action Goals

This panel will feature speakers who have launched programs, including high-level partnerships, and built large-scale networks in support of youth education and climate action.

Cross-sector Partnerships Elevating the Role of Education in Climate Action

This panel will provide a stimulating discussion between the audience and representatives from the nonprofit, business, government, and media sectors, to provide perspectives on the importance of climate education, and ways in which the education sector can partner with other sectors to advance climate action.

Featured Speakers

  • Maxine Jimenez, UC Santa Cruz Student (Keynote)
  • Cindy Montanez, CEO of TreePeople (Keynote)
  • Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (Keynote)
  • Tom Adams, Deputy Superintendent for the California Department of Education
  • Kahri Boykin, High School Teacher at Yosemite High School
  • Juanita Chan, STEM & Related College and Career Pathways Coordinator for Rialto Unified School District
  • Adriana Valenzuela Jimenez, UNFCC Climate Education Lead
  • Pierre Lena, Académie des sciences, Honorary president of the Foundation La main à la pâte and Member of the International Office for Climate Education
  • Frank Niepold, Senior Climate Education Program Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Ram Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego
  • Nathaniel Rich, Writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine
  • Matt Rodriquez, California Secretary for Environmental Protection
  • Michael Watkins, Superintendent for Santa Cruz County Office of Education


(Wednesday) 8:00 am - 3:30 pm



Pier 15 The Embarcadero


CalEPA, CA Department of Education, CalRecycle, CA Subject Matter Project, CA State Board of Education, Strategic Energy Innovations, Ten Strands, and the University of