A Special Program for a Unique Time
This series of online forums is available to everyone, wherever you live. Each forum will include recommended readings and multimedia review of the subject followed by an online meeting with environmental experts including current leaders in science and advocacy.
Recordings will be available for delayed viewing if you are unable to attend the live class.
September 15 — Climate Change "No More Business As Usual" - Securing a Climate-Safe Future
Keynote Speaker: Ellie Cohen, CEO of The Climate Center. Hear the latest on climate science, and human and wildlife community impacts. Ellie will discuss The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign to accelerate climate policy timelines and achieve net-negative emissions by 2030. Learn how together we can rapidly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and launch drawdown at scale while creating new jobs, restoring our environment and protecting our most vulnerable communities, setting an example for our nation and the world.
September 22 — California's Changing Coast and Shoreline Management, 10 am-12:30
Learn about the benefits of responding with nature based solutions to sea level rise; enhancing shorelines and habitat to protect our residents, our community's infrastructure, and our way of life.
Robert (Bob) Battalio, Vice President, Environmental Science Associates - Challenging Norms: Innovative Adaptation Measures in Response to Sea Level Rise.
Christina Toms, Senior Environmental Scientist, SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board - Water Board Policy Update: Wetlands and Climate Change
Elizabeth Rush, Author, "Rising - Dispatches from the New American Shore" will share her insights on the social justice implications of sea level rise, and the fragility of marshes and coastland property.
September 29 — Managing Natural Resources in Marin County, 1-3pm
Hear from those responsible for management of Marin County's natural resources and how they balance nature with the human issues of fuels reduction for wildfire prevention, potable water management, and cultural resources such as agriculture.
Sharon Farrell, Vice President for Stewardship and Conservation, Golden Gate Parks Conservancy - Tamalpais Land Collaborative: Managing natural resources and biodiversity in Marin County across boundaries
Mishon Martin, Chief of Natural Resources and Science, Marin County Parks - Balancing Preservation and Fire Risk
Shaun Horne Marin Municipal Watershed District, Watershed Manager - Working Watersheds: The Green Infrastructure within Marin County’s Public Lands Network
Cyndy Shafer, Senior Environmental Science, Bay Area District, California State Parks - California State Parks: History and a Focus on Marin
Ben Becker, Chief Scientist and Marine Ecologist, Point Reyes National Seashore - Balancing the Preservation of Natural Resources and Cultural Landscapes in a National Seashore.
October 6 — Spotting Fake News: How to Analyze the Validity of Claims about the Environment
Susan Holloway, Professor of Graduate School, University of California at Berkeley; Internal Content and Communications Director, Environmental Forum of Marin. Explore the basic elements of critical thinking and learn how we can analyze both sides of a controversy using logic, acknowledging biases, and evaluating evidence.
October 13 — How Government Manages Climate Change ... or NOT.
What is the role of civic engagement in building equitable community resilience? Learn how you can have a voice in local governments' policies to benefit the environment. Reimagine solutions to climate disruption that build equitable community resilience.
Norma Fragoso, Master Class Director, Environmental Forum of Marin; Planning Commissioner Town of Fairfax, CA
Christine O’Rourke, Sustainability Coordinator of the Marin Climate & Energy Partnership - Working Together to Reduce the Impacts of Climate Change.
October 20 — Persuasive Environmental Strategies
Trevor Stevenson, former Executive Director, Global Student Embassy. Work in small groups to find your voice: practice effective messaging; and develop tools and skills in story telling. Learn to present your views in a memorable and effective manner that promotes discussion and persuades your target audience.
October 27 — View from the Podium – What Elected Officials Want/Need From Advocates
Kraemer Winslow, President/Founder, Make Your Point Communications, Inc. Hear straight from the “horse’s mouth” what will more likely lead “Electeds” and other officials to consider and then take action on your advocacy efforts. Learn what behaviors and content leads to influencing them in the ways you want and what may contribute to activating the off-button in their brains. Also understand additional practical aspects of their positions that must be considered when preparing your “on the record” comments for a public meeting.
November 10 — Frame your Advocacy Message for Quick Connection
Kraemer Winslow, President/Founder, Make Your Point Communications, Inc. Why do some messages “stick” and others are quickly forgotten? Learn what expert marketers and academic thinkers have discovered about how and why certain messages have staying power in our brains. Find out how to connect with others using indisputable core values so that instead of “clicking off,” your listeners’ brains will “click on” with openness and curiosity.
November 17 — Healthy Soils - Growing Climate Resilience 6:30 - 8:30 pm
When it comes to climate change, agriculture is villain, victim, and potential savior. It produces 9% of California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but could potentially draw down more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits. Shifting from conventional agricultural practices to ones that improve soil health can eliminate numerous environmental harms while producing an abundance of nutritious and affordable food. Come hear experts explain how building the health of our agricultural soil can reduce emissions, sequester carbon, and improve plant health. For more information
January 19, 2021 — Presentation Skills Day 1: Deliver Your Message: Maximize “Signal” & Minimize “Noise”
Kraemer Winslow, President/Founder, Make Your Point Communications, Inc. Some think that as long as their words convey their desired meaning, how they deliver them isn’t important. We wish it were so. Research shows that distracting visual and vocal cues as well as repetitive “disfluencies” can distract listeners from focusing on your content thereby, diluting your impact. Learn how to deliver with an authenticity and potency to break through the cluttered media world in which we all live.
January 26, 2021 — Presentation Skills Day 2: Make Your Message Content Clear, Concise & Memorable
Kraemer Winslow, President/Founder, Make Your Point Communications, Inc. All of us have some “hits” and “misses” in our communications. Learn best practices to increase the likelihood that your brief time with listeners is a “hit!” Leave with a multi-purpose template to inform your thought process for making your points.
Tentative Field Trips:
West Marin: Commerce and Climate Change Impacts for Local Agriculture and Mariculture Industry Redwoods and Fire
Field Trips will run, if possible, Spring 2021. Individual tickets will be available for purchase.
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