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SCWA celebrates Earth Day 2021

APRIL 22, 2021 ~ 7:00 PM EST

Lisa Palmer

The National Geographic Visiting Professor of Science Communication
at George Washington University

People, Food and Nature: What we do to the Earth &What it does back to us

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Program Abstract:
Lisa Palmer has traveled the world for years documenting the cutting-edge innovations of people and organizations working on solutions to mitigating climate change, biodiversity loss, and global hunger. 
In her book Hot, Hungry Planet Ms. Palmer focuses on three key concepts that support food security and resilience in a changing world: advances in the social, educational, and agricultural sectors; improved land use and farming technologies; and policy nudges with the potential to reduce adverse environmental impacts of agriculture while producing more food. Ms. Palmer breaks down this difficult subject through seven concise and easily-digestible case studies around the globe, presenting the stories of individuals in six key regions—India, sub-Saharan Africa, the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Indonesia. 
Ms. Palmer will share stories and images from reporting trips around the world to show the realities of what humans do to the world and what it does back to us, sustaining our lives while also showing its force.  Her presentation will paint a hopeful picture of both the world we want to live in, and the substantial strides required to get there.
Speaker Biography:
Lisa Palmer is a journalist, author, and the National Geographic Visiting Professor of Science Communication at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.  She is also a Senior Fellow for Socio-Environmental Understanding.


Ms. Palmer participates actively in the national and international discourse on socio-environmental issues through writing and publishing, speaking, developing, and leading seminars, contributing to the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)’s digital presence.  An award-winning environmental and science journalist, she writes for publications such as the Nature family of journals, The Guardian, Nautilus, The New York Times, The New Republic, Slate, and many others. She was previously a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., where she conducted research on global food security, resilience, and policies related to sustainable agriculture.  In 2018, Ms. Palmer was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency on science for development. She is a professional member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Association of Science Writers.  She is a B.S. graduate of Boston University and has a Master of Science Communications degree from Simmons College in Boston. 


Please Register by Wednesday April 21 



(SCWA is waiving our regular $10 guest fee)
All Attendees are required to Register. 

Participants will be emailed program access instructions in their confirmation email and in reminder emails on Wednesday, April 21th, and 1 hour before our Program.


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US World Affairs Councils are offering our Members Real-time Analysis through Free & Fee Webinars 

Continuing this Spring, Members can stay engaged & participate in various FREE & FEE Virtual Webinars offered by US World Affairs Councils. Both FREE & FEE Virtual Opportunities are listed below and updated weekly simply follow the links to register. ~ Stay Tuned & Happy New Year!


Featured Events

A New Narrative for the Planet: Urgency, Action, Inclusion.  

The 2021 Planet Forward Summit
Friday, April 9, 2021 
From extreme weather events and record-shattering heat to melting Arctic ice and sea-level rise, the future is here.  There’s new urgency.  Bold action is required. Inclusiveness is justice.  
The 2021 Planet Forward Summit will feature extraordinary leaders who are shaping the future. They include Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Micheal Regan; NBC’s Al Roker; the mayor of America’s hottest city, Kate Gallego; National Geographic Explorer John Sutter; and students and others from across the country. 
We’ll ask:  What’s ahead?  What must change?  What’s the science – and the story? 
The Summit takes place from 12-4 pm EST Friday, April 9.
 Registration is Open & Free.
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April 5
Naples Council on World Affairs hosts J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President, Global Health Policy Center and Director of CSIS Global Health Policy Center, for “Global Health in the Time of COVID-19.”  
April 6

World Affairs Council of Palm Beach hosts Patrick Clawson, Director of Research at the Washington Institute, for “How Far Will Iran Go and Can We Avoid Conflict?” 

World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts Alan Steinberg, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer for West Houston Association, for “Conversations with a Conscience: Civic Engagement.” 
Montana World Affairs Council hosts Dexter Roberts, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Asia Security Initiative, for “Unequal and Unbalanced: China’s Challenge.” 
World Affairs Council of Austin hosts Donovan Blaylock, Research Principal with Sailpoint, for “Kozmetsky Forum on Cybersecurity Threats and Challenges.” 
Indiana Council on World Affairs hosts Professor Sangwon Lee, Ball State University, for “Korean Peninsula.”  
Cleveland Council on World Affairs hosts Professor Jeffrey Anderson, Georgetown University, and John Austin, Director of Michigan Economic Center, for “Why Rust Belts Matter Around the World.” 
April 7
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts John Hope Bryant, CEO of Operation Hope, for “Building the Black Middle Class.”
WorldOregon hosts Tom Colicchio, acclaimed restauranteur and Top Chef lead judge, for “Hunger, Rood & Human Rights.” 
WorldBoston hosts Victor Cha, Senior Vice President and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, for “The Two Koreas.” 
World Affairs (Northern California) hosts H. R. McMaster, Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, for “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.” 
World Affairs Forum (Samford) hosts Constanze Stelzenmüller, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, for “The End of the Merkel Era: What It Means for Transatlantic Relations.”  
Institute of World Affairs (Milwaukee) hosts Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera, for “The Middle East.” 
World Affairs Council of the Desert hosts Larry Arnn, President of Politics and History at Hillsdale College, for “What Would Winston Churchill Say to the World Today.” 
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth hosts author Amelia Peng to discuss her book Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods
World Affairs Council of New Hampshire hosts Liz Schrayer, President of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, for “A Roadmap for U.S. Global Leadership.” 
World Affairs Council of New Jersey hosts Basant Sanghera, Foreign Service Officer, for “Prospects for U.S.-India Strategic Cooperation.” 
Columbia World Affairs Council hosts Michel Gerebtzoff, Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta, for “Covid Crisis from an International Perspective: Competing Models, Scars and Silver Linings.” 
April 8 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts author and reporter Dan Morain to discuss his book Kamala’s Way: An American Life
Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Town Hall hosts Dana Perino, co-host of Fox News’ The Five, and Charity Wallace, founder of Wallace Global Impact, for “Everything Will Be Okay.” 
Santa Fe Council on International Relations hosts Fiona Hill, former National Security Council and National Intelligence Official, for “The Russia Disruption 3: Domestic and Foreign Policy Challenges with Putin.”
WorldDenver hosts Lisa Curtis, Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, for “Managing Great Power Competition in the Indo-Pacific.”
World Affairs Council of Atlanta hosts Ambassador Thomas Shannon, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, for “The Iran Nuclear Deal Under Biden.” 
World Affairs Council of Maine hosts Karim Haggag, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Cairo, for “The Middle East: Biden’s Burden or Backwater?” 
World Affairs Council Dallas/Fort Worth hosts Steven Cook, Enri Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for “The Arab Spring: 10 Years Later.” 
Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy hosts Bonnie Baxter, Westminster College, for “The Search for Life on Mars & How it Begins on Earth.” 
Dayton Council on World Affairs hosts “Virtual Voyages.” 
April 9
World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosts author Nina Jankowicz, Disinformation Fellow at the Wilson Center, to discuss her book How to Lose the Information War
Peoria Area World Affairs Council hosts Jihyun Kim, Bradley University Institute of International Studies, for “Security on the Korean Peninsula: Challenges for the U.S.-Led Regional Order in East Asia and Beyond.” 
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston hosts David Michels, Vice President and CFO of Kinder Morgan, for “Midstream View of Energy, Innovation, and Global Trends in 2021 and Beyond.” 
Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Professor Joe Parrot, The Ohio State University, for “China’s Role in Africa.” 

World Affairs Council of Charleston hosts Brett Bruen, President of the Global Situation Room, for “A Webinar on Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Biden Administration.” 

World Affairs Council of Western Michigan hosts author Thomas Lippman for “The Saudi-Arabian- U.S. Relationship: Decades in the Making.” 
International Relations Council (Kansas City) hosts Chef Fernanda Reyes, Taco Naco KC, for “Global Experience: Mexican Cooking Class.” 

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