The climate crisis is rooted in systems and structures that enable and require the continuous growth and utilization of natural and human resources. Because the cause of the climate crisis is in these systems, the solution must accordingly be systemic and will take engagement in collective action by individuals, communities, nations, and international entities. Climate literacy is of paramount importance because groups of people who understand the causes, effects, and implications of climate change are better able to discuss, decide on, and take actions that fit their community. Securing a safe future for all will require a transformation of human society that, in turn, requires a climate literate population that is able to discuss and collaborate on implementing solutions that are inclusive and fair for everyone.
About The Speakers
Frank Niepold - Senior Climate Education and Workforce Program Manager and Coordinator at National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Frank Niepold is the Senior Climate Education Coordinator at NOAA's Climate Program Office (CPO) in Silver Spring Maryland, co-manage the NOAA CPO Communication, Education and Engagement Division, co-manage the Climate Ready Workforce program, Climate.gov Education section lead, a co-chair of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Climate Engagement and Capacity Building Interagency Group, the U.S. National Communications Report chapter lead on Education, Engagement, Training, and Workforce Development for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), former Action for Climate Empowerment National Focal Point for the United States, founding member of the CLEAN Network and co-chair of the CLEAN Network Leadership Board, a member of the Federal Steering Committee for the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) and federal lead for the White House Climate Education and Literacy Initiative (2013-2016).
Justin Worland - Senior Climate Correspondent, TIME
Justin Worland is a Washington D.C.-based senior correspondent for TIME covering climate change and the intersection of policy, politics and society. He has covered climate since 2015 and previously covered health and breaking news at TIME. In 2022, Worland was named the inaugural Climate Journalist of the Year by Covering Climate Now, a non-profit dedicated to improving climate journalism. He is a founding steering committee member at the Uproot Project, a non-profit organization that works to diversify environmental journalism. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied history, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.