2020 Environmental Advocacy Symposium

The time has never been more urgent for environmental advocacy. Climate change, biodiversity loss, and social inequity are creating an increasingly unstable and impoverished world. The magnitude of the problems we face demands systemic changes to our economy and way of life, and science and education alone are not sufficient to bring about those changes. We need a new generation of savvy environmental advocates and activists, and more scholarship and teaching of advocacy so that more people can take informed and strategic action to create systems change.


The symposium has been modified into a virtual event. A selection of presentations will be available as a webinar series hosted by Antioch University.

The Path to Environmental Justice is Local

a webinar presented by Elizabeth Yeampierre

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – 12:00-1:00 PM ET

When Kids Fight for Environmental Justice, Words Have Power

a webinar presented by Jaysa Hunter-Mellers

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Thursday, June 11, 2020 – 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Interdisciplinary Focus

Presentations will be on research, teaching, or practice and may include:

  • strategies for effective environmental advocacy
  • working with Congress and elected officials,
  • communication with and mobilization of the public, and
  • diversity and intersectionality. 

We are especially excited to share presentations focused on cutting-edge and transformational systems-level advocacy addressing:

  • climate change
  • toxics pollution
  • biodiversity conservation
  • energy transition, and
  • environmental justice. 

Steering Committee

This is a collaborative effort between AESS and Antioch University led by:

  • Abigail Abrash Walton, PhD, Faculty/Director, Antioch University Department of Environmental Studies
  • Carolyn Anthon, Managing Director, Association for Environmental Science and Studies (AESS) 
  • Valerie Banschbach, Dean of Sciences and Education, Gustavus Adolphus College, AESS President-Elect
  • David Blockstein, Senior advisor to AESS
  • Gopal Dayaneni, Faculty, Antioch University 
  • Thomas Carpenito, student, Pace University 
  • Lynne Cherry, Executive Director, Youth Voices for the Planet  
  • Nicole Crescimanno, New York Campaign Director, Our Climate 
  • Susan Gentile, faculty, Antioch University
  • Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard Center for Environmental Policy
  • Joann Hennessy, PhD student, Antioch University
  • Clara Fang, PhD student, Antioch University
  • Debra Rowe, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
  • Mackay Pierce, Campus and Communication Manager, Rachel Carson Council
  • Walter “Tony” Rosenbaum, Editor, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida