Date: Tuesday, October 19
Time: 11am–12pm CT
Join Climate Generation and other members of the U.S. ACE Coalition for a preview event leading up to COP26. This November 1-12, Climate Generation is sending six delegates, three youth, and two staff members to the international climate negotiations in Scotland to represent the critical work of Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) in the Paris Agreement: people-centered climate action.
Featured guests are members of the U.S. ACE Coalition representing the work of Action for Climate Empowerment within the U.S. to accelerate learning and collaboration towards just, all-of-society climate action around the world.
Frank Niepold is the Senior Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA and Action for Climate Empowerment National Focal Point for the United States, Climate.gov Education section lead, co-chair for the CLEAN Network, the U.S. Climate Action Report Education, Training, and Outreach chapter lead for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Education and Youth delegate for the United States at the 2015 Conference of Parties (COP21), and a member of the Federal Steering Committee for the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).
Kristen Poppleton is the Senior Director of Programs for Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. Kristen develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination, oversight and support for all Climate Generation programs focusing on youth, educator and community engagement. She will be co-leading the Window Into COP26 delegation from Climate Generation this year.
Emma Venarde (she/her) is a student at Brown University concentrating in environmental science on the environment and inequality track. She joined the Youth Climate Program’s Youth Advisory Board after creating the Bronx Youth Climate Summit, the first ever virtual Youth Climate Summit which was focused on environmental justice issues in the Bronx, NY. In addition, she has worked for the Environment, Peace, and Sustainability Program at the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity at Columbia University and interned at the Women’s Earth Alliance.
Betsy Wilkening is the Education Outreach Coordinator for AZ Project WET at University of Arizona and the President of Polar Educators International. She believes that we can create transformational change by working together towards a shared and just future, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive in a sustainable world. She is a member of the Climate Generation Window Into COP26 delegation.
Julieta Rodrigo is the Program Manager for The CLEO Institute. She values its commitment to inclusive education and local-level climate action as an effective way to accelerate a just transition. With the climate in crisis, it is important to highlight diverse voices and ACE’s belief in the transformative power of diversity in civic participation gives me hope as we build the future we wish to see. She is a member of the Climate Generation Window Into COP26 delegation.
Kyle Hill is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dept. of Indigenous Health and an Associate Faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for American Indian Health. He is uniquely aware of the contributions that Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledges have conveyed in support of the balance of our ecosystems. At this time Indigenous peoples represent only 5% of the global population, yet we protect 80% of the Earth’s biodiversity.
M. Cecilia Quaglino is a passionate climate activist in Fridays For Future Argentina. She organized the last L-COY 2021 (Local Conference of Youth) in Argentina and coordinated the elaboration of the Argentine Youth Statement on Climate Change. Thanks to this, she has recently been elected a National Delegate for COY16. Following studies on Environmental Engineering (UCA), she worked on the first microplastics research in her region, published in 2020 in the reputable Springer Journal. She Currently works as an Environmental Communication Strategies Coordinator for a local foundation (FNGA). As of 2020, thanks to the Global Shapers Community, she has been trained by former vice-president and Nobel Prize recipient Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader.
Isatis M. Cintron-Rodriguez is a Puertorrican climate scientist studying the chemistry, transport and impacts of air pollutants on the cryosphere from Antarctica to Greenland at Rutgers University. She has a long track record of community organizing, capacity building and support in Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region. As the Latin America Regional Coordinator for Citizens Climate International she works on climate governance and ethics to expand the civic space at the UNFCCC and national levels. She is also part of the coordinating teams of US ACE Coalition and the UN Education, Communication, and Outreach Stakeholder community (ECOS). She is also the founder of Climate Trace, an organization that aims to build a grassroots Climate Agenda for Puerto Rico that translates into policy by building bridges between citizens, policymakers and scientists. She has won the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow Award and her work has been supported by the Union of Concerned Scientists to make citizens’ assemblies to build a community-led NDC for Puerto Rico, a blueprint that has served to coordinate and deploy citizens assemblies globally for broadening spaces for civic engagement at the local and international level.