On Monday, November 13, The 19th gathered leaders in the U.S. Southwest — a region already experiencing untenable temperatures, wildfires and drought — to highlight their work at the frontlines of tackling the climate emergency.
The 19th partnered with Arizona State University to host an interactive, solutions-focused afternoon of climate conversations. We heard from Southwest leaders working to protect their communities and land from the changing climate, and storytellers using their work to educate and empower different audiences.
We held more intimate and actionable discussions at the end of the day. Attendees grabbed a free bite from two local food trucks and joined a conversation around the work some of our speakers, journalists and other leaders are doing around sustainability, like Sound Future and other influencers in the space. Attendees were able to dive deeper into their approaches to addressing climate change and how those techniques can be applied in everyday life.
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Doors open | 2:30 p.m.
Welcome | 3:00 p.m.
- Amanda Zamora, Co-Founder and Publisher, The 19th
Storyteller: A look at the global lens on climate change
- Teresa de Miguel, Video Editor for The Associated Press Climate and Environment
How Southwest leaders are addressing climate change
- Rosanne Albright, Environmental Programs Coordinator, City of Phoenix
- Amanda Hensen, Deputy Secretary for Climate Change, California Natural Resources Agency
- Selena La Rue Hatch, Assemblymember, Nevada State Assembly (District 25)
- Moderator: Jessica Kutz, Gender, Climate and Sustainability Reporter, The 19th
Storyteller: Finding power in my roots
- Michelle Chubb, Indigenous Baddie, TikTok, Content Creator
Storyteller: Building a movement that centers the most marginalized
- T’Essence Minnitee, Director of Partnerships, Black Girl Environmentalist
Climate action from the White House in the Southwest and beyond
- Maggie Thomas, Special Assistant to the President for Climate in the White House Climate Policy Office (virtual)
- Moderator: Errin Haines, Editor-at-Large, The 19th
Storyteller: How my passion became my mission
- Cliff Kapono, Professional Surfer and Marine Conservation Scientist
Solutions session and refreshments | 4:30 – 5:30
Join us in the courtyard for deeper, casual conversations with speakers and other leaders in sustainability and climate science. Complimentary refreshments will be available from Trash Panda Vegan and the Fry Bread Truck.
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