Youth Environmental Summit 2020

The 2019 Conservation Leadership Institute class, made up of students from Florida colleges, at Paynes Prairie State Park outside Gainesville, Fla. Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon

Youth Environmental Summit 2020

Presented by the National Audubon Society and American Conservation Coalition Campus

August 1-2, 2020 

Our inaugural virtual summit will inspire young environmental leaders to take action on environmental issues and send a strong message to local/national political leaders that addressing climate change is a key issue ahead of the 2020 election, regardless of political identity. The event will bring together a wide array of bipartisan/nonpartisan speakers and prove environmental protection is a unifying cause that breaks through political barriers and party lines. Student leaders from across the country will receive training and tools to mobilize advocates on campuses, in their communities, and virtually in the fallin the midst of a consequential election for our planet.

Youth Environmental Summit 2020 Highlights

  • Shape the future of the climate conversation in the US
  • More than 200 students from all political backgrounds
  • Intensive training designed to turn activists into influencers
  • Networking opportunities with highly-regarded organizations and influencers
  • Interactive learning setting with trainings led by experts in their fields
  • Equip activists with skills to make a positive impact on the environment and in their communities


Event Agenda

*ITALICS denotes livestreamed for public viewing.

Saturday, August 1

12:00 – 12:30 pm ET                           YES 2020 Kick Off: Celebrity Brunch Panel

1:00 – 1:45 pm ET                               Conservation and Climate Science

2:00 – 2:45 pm ET                               Sharing Your Story: Story of Self, Us, and Now

                                                              Advocacy 101 Session (Livestreamed)

3:00 – 3:45 pm ET                               Keynote Speaker (Livestreamed)

4:00 – 5:00 pm ET                               Networking Roulette with special guests


Sunday, August 2

12:00 – 12:15 pm ET                          Welcome Back

12:15 – 1:00 pm ET                             Virtual Field Trip

1:00 – 1:45 pm ET                               Politics for Power: Power mapping and power building for effective advocacy

2:00 – 2:45 pm ET                               Effective tactics and campaign building

                                                              Advocacy 101 Session (Livestreamed)

3:00 – 3:45 pm ET                               Young Climate Activists Panel (Livestreamed)

4:00 – 5:00 pm ET                               Networking Roulette with special guests