2020 PLANET FORWARD SUMMIT
IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT THE 2020 SUMMIT:
In response to growing concerns and uncertainty regarding the spread of COVID-19, we have postponed the 2020 Planet Forward Summit, originally scheduled to take place April 2-3, here in Washington, D.C., at George Washington University.
We have consulted with senior leaders and health officials here at GW, as well as with faculty and administrators from our Consortium schools across the country as we made this decision.
While we are saddened to move the event, we are committed to proactively safeguarding our attendees by discouraging unnecessary health risks associated with travel.
For now, please hold October 8-10 in your calendars for the rescheduled 2020 Planet Forward Summit here at GW and online. These dates are subject to change given this ongoing public health crisis, but we hope will be sufficient for a future conference meeting.
Our Storyfest grand prize winners were announced on PlanetForward.org on April 3, 2020, as originally planned.
Please stay tuned for more updates to follow about our rescheduled Summit. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at 202-994-4037.
— Frank Sesno and the Planet Forward Team
THE STORY OF OUR GENERATION
Climate change is the story of our generation, and what defines that story is how we tell it – and the action we take because of it.
All around the world, new voices are emerging as powerful changemakers who are running against the clock to prevent irreversible shifts to our global climate. These are the new activists, innovators, policymakers and others who inspire audiences to take action in their local communities.
But, how do they drive their audiences to this critical point?
At the 2020 Planet Forward Summit, learn how the best environmental change agents use storytelling to transform their audiences from passive listeners to engaged doers.
The Summit takes place April 2-3, 2020 at the Jack Morton Auditorium where we gather students and academics, as well as corporate leaders, scientists, journalists and more for high-impact learning and networking.
Register today to reserve your seat at the 2020 Planet Forward Summit.
Learn why inspirational stories are the most motivational - and effective - to drive action.
Learn the very best in communication techniques that you can apply immediately to your environmental stories.
Learn how you can create a movement for the planet on your campus and in your community.
Connect with leading journalists, policymakers, innovators and more and apply for exclusive internship and job opportunities.
4 REASONS YOU SHOULD ATTEND THE SUMMIT
MEET THE SPEAKERS
The George Washington University
805 21st St. NW
Breakfast & Networking
Coffee & vegan breakfast
GW SCHOOL OF MEDIA & PUBLIC AFFAIRS,
2ND FLOOR ATRIUM
GW Moving the Planet Forward
• Frank Sesno, Co-Host, Planet Forward; Director, GW School of Media & Public Affairs
• Dr. Imani Cheers, Co-Host, Planet Forward; Associate Professor, GW School of Media & Public Affairs
• Meghan Chapple, Director, Office of Sustainability; Senior Advisor on University Sustainability Initiatives
JACK MORTON AUDITORIUM, MAIN FLOOR
NETWORKING BREAK &
2ND FLOOR ATRIUM
11:00 am | KEYNOTE
Diversity, Sustainability, and Leadership
• Susan Jin Davis, Chief Sustainability Officer, Comcast NBCUniversal
JACK MORTON AUDITORIUM
11:40 am | KEYNOTE DISCUSSION
9:00 am | KEYNOTE PANEL
New Voices, Powerful Stories:
Youth Leadership on Climate
• Jacob Lebel, climate activist, Youth Plaintiff, Juliana v. United States; former Planet Forward Correspondent
• Sabirah Mahmud, climate activist, National Logistics Director, U.S. Youth Climate Strike
Youth action has inspired new narrative, mediacoverage and policy on climate change. High school and college students share their stories, how they are combatting the climate crisis, and the importance of seeking climate justice.
9:30 am | PANEL
How Media Frames the
• Yessenia Funes, Senior Staff Writer, Earther
• Dr. Jo Huxster, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Eckerd College
• Eugenia Harvey, Project Director/Executive Producer, WNET New York Public Media
• Bill Weir, Chief Climate Correspondent, CNN
News media has gotten real on climate. Why? How is the story resonating with the audience? How are they framing the story? Writers and scholars share their most impactful stories and discuss the approach to communicate the broader, urgent story of our changing planet.
Dr. Laurie Patton, President, Middlebury College
College presidents across the country have pledged to address climate change through the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. One school hastaken that commitment to the next level. Middlebury College President Laurie Patton discussesthe role college presidents have in driving leadershipon issues surrounding our climate.
BREAK FOR LUNCH
12:30 pm | KEYNOTE CONVERSATION
MARVIN CENTER GRAND BALLROOM
800 21ST ST. NW
Final details to come in March
SCHOOL OF MEDIA & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
805 21ST ST. NW
2121 H ST. NW
10:00 am | PANEL
Students With Impact
Planet Forward Correspondents and students share how their storytelling is bringing awareness, driving change, and influencing their future careers in sustainability.
4:30 pm | KEYNOTE CONVERSATION
JACK MORTON AUDITORIUM
805 21ST ST. NW
10:20 am | STUDENT OPPORTUNITY
Travel with the U.N. to Rome, Italy
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the U.N. has teamed up with Planet Forward to tell stories about climate change, nutrition and food security. Vimlendra Sharan, FAO North American Liaison, shares an opportunity for you to influence world leaders with your stories.
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