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Earth Day Summit

Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 10:30am-2:00pm PST

Bay Area Youth Climate Summit's Earth Day event featured workshops, discussions, and a climate action planning session! Our workshops were focused on two themes—policy and action—and included topics ranging from the Green New Deal to food justice to restoring biodiversity. Attendees included high school students from the Bay Area and beyond.


10:30am // Opening and Introduction

10:50am // Morning Workshop (Policy-focused, see below for options)*

11:40pm // Discussions

12:10pm // Lunch

12:30pm // Afternoon Workshop (Action-focused, see below for options)*

1:20pm // Climate Action Planning: Lightning Talks and Breakout Rooms with SF Environment

2:00pm // Closing

*Participants will select one workshop for each time slot. All times are in PST.


Look below for a full list of the workshops you can choose from, as well as the descriptions and names of the presenters!

Morning Session (Policy)

10:50-11:35 am PST

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Cutting Auto-Emissions to Save the Planet

with Dan Becker, Director of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign at the Center for Biological Diversity

Did you know that the transportation sector is the largest contributor to climate change? If the US could cut car emissions, it would be the biggest step anyone has ever made towards combating climate change. In fact, the regulations imposed by the Obama Administration would have prevented 6 Gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions if Trump hadn’t rolled them back. Dan Becker, the director of the Safe Climate Transport Campaign, has been fighting car emissions for over 30 years. In this workshop, he will demonstrate why we need to focus on the auto industry to slow climate change, how he has been fighting auto emissions, and what we can all do as individuals.

Coversations About the Green New Deal

with Natalie Tam (Youth vs. Apocalypse), Oona Clark (BAYCS), Angel Mendoza (BAYCS)

Join us for a panel and discussion led by Youth vs. Apocalypse activist Natalie Tam and BAYCS members Oona Clark and Angel Mendoza on the Green New Deal and how it will help us combat climate change, help people of color, and the economy. We will both be introducing the Green New Deal’s components and holding time for questions and discussion between presenters and attendees. 

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Citizens' Climate Lobby

with Karishma Goswami and Kiran Garewal of Citizens' Climate Lobby

Join us to learn about effective political solutions to climate change and how as youth we can make a huge difference in our own futures! You will get a chance to learn about carbon fee and dividend policies and why they are so effective. We will also be leading an interactive workshop where you will learn how to lobby your representatives in Congress and see what it takes to join us on Capitol Hill.

Environmental Ethics & Philosophy

In this workshop Dr. Thompson will lead a discussion about how philosophy and the field of environmental ethics approaches the issue of anthropogenic climate change, including an exploration of what it is, why it’s a problem, who is responsible for doing what about it and why. 

Afternoon Session (Action)

12:30-1:15 pm PST

Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet

with Robbie Brown, Community Engagement Associate at Acterra

Oftentimes, youth feel discouraged and limited when it comes to finding opportunities to take climate action. In this presentation, we will discuss one of the ways in which youth can get involved and lower their carbon footprint. Everyone can play their part in restoring our earth, by choosing what is on their plate. We will discuss the importance of adopting a plant-forward diet - one that incorporates more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and less meat and dairy products - as well as the importance of reducing food waste at your home. At the end of the presentation, guests will have a better understanding of the role they can play in combating climate change by adopting dietary practices that are healthier for themselves and the earth. 

Reducing Food Waste One Trip at a Time

with Maria Yap, Founder and Executive Director of Peninsula Food Runners

Join us to talk with Maria Yap, the Founder and Executive Director of Peninsula Food Runners, a Bay Area-based organization committed to food waste diversion and reduction. We will discuss the staggering impacts of food waste worldwide, how our current food systems are structured to create such waste, including here in the Bay Area. Furthermore, learn what you can do to help to dismantle food waste and insecurity in your community, seeing the intersections between food and climate change.

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Why the World Needs Another #TrillionTrees

There used to be roughly 6 trillion trees on Earth. Today, only half remain. There has never been a more urgent need to protect and revive forests. Youth and future generations will be most impacted by climate change, the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems – but they also stand to benefit the most from a restoration economy. Join an interactive session to learn why conserving, restoring and growing trees are essential to the health of people and our planet, as well as opportunities to drive youth-led climate action, ecopreneurship and the global #GenerationRestoration movement.

Food Justice at Farmers Markets

with Anisha Rathod, Foodwise Teens Coordinator at CUESA Farmers Markets

Learn more about CUESA's farmers markets in San Francisco and how they play an important role in creating justice in the food system. Explore how farmers markets have supported farmers in keeping their businesses alive during the pandemic, and learn how farmers are navigating the effects of climate change.



Meet the presenters of the Earth Day Summit's workshops! Click on each person to learn more.

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