Women in the Environment Summit
What Next? Creating the Future We Want.
Thursday, April 23nd, 2020 through Saturday, April 25th, 2020
A series of three no-holds-barred conversations between youth activists and seasoned creative activists about how we can create the future we want. Each session pairs a recognized young activist with a globally renown creative activist or filmmaker to grapple with the challenges we face and how we can shape and share a new vision for our planet and all who live on it.

Featured Panelists

V (formerly known as Eve Ensler)
Playwright/Activist – Best selling author

Playwright, activist, and best selling author of The Vagina Monologues, In the Body of the World and The Apology, she is also founder of two global movements to end violence against women and girls: VDAY and One Billion Rising.

Mary Robinson
Chair of the Elders

Chair of the Elders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, former President of Ireland, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & Climate Envoy. Co-host of the Podcast, Mothers of Invention.

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Climate Activist & National Geographic Explorer

Leader and founder of indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad; member of the UN’s Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change; UN SDG Advocate, Conservation International Senior Fellow and Pritzker Environmental Genius Award Recipient.

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson
Lead writer of Drawdown

Lead writer of Drawdown, the New York Times bestseller about climate solutions, and its sequel, The Drawdown Review. Her forthcoming book is a co-edited collection of writings by women climate leaders — All We Can Save.

Tara Houska
Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is a tribal attorney, founder of Giniw Collective, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She spent six months on the frontlines fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is currently engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and stop Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline. Tara is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a non-profit committed to eradicating Native stereotyping. She lives in a pipeline resistance camp in northern Minnesota.

Laura Turner Seydel
Chair of Captain Planet Foundation and Director of Turner Foundation

An international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. She serves as a Director for the Turner Foundation, Chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation, Co-Founder of Mothers and Others for Clean Air, Board member of Children & Nature Network, LCV, EWG, Waterkeeper Alliance, Project Drawdown and the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Tokata Iron Eyes
Member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Environmental Activist

Tokata (Future) Iron Eyes is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and has been confronting injustice since she was 9 years old testifying against a uranium mine in the sacred Black Hills. Now at 16, she continues to demonstrate her commitment to compelling the world to listen to Indigenous Nations— from the NODAPL movement at Standing Rock to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women across the US— she understands the power of media and utilizes her voice to evoke change in complacent hearts. She travels all over the world lifting the collective consciousness in response to the human caused climate crisis.

Xiye Bastida
Mexican Climate Activist and Member of the Mexican Otomi-Tolmec Nation

Xiye is a Mexican-Chilean climate activist and member of the indigenous Mexican Otomi-Toltec nation. She is one of the major organizers of Fridays for Future New York City and has been a leading voice for indigenous and immigrant visibility in climate activism. She is on the administration committee of the People’s Climate Movement and a member of Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion.

Jane Fonda
American Actress and Environmental/Political Activist

Jane Fonda is a renown American actress, political activist, former fashion model and lifetime advocate for women and environmental issues. In 2005, along with others she co-founded the Women’s Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. Fonda currently serves on the board of the organization and continues to be a prominent voice for women and the environment.

Jess Search
Founder of Doc Society and Climate Story Lab, Trustee of Marie Stokes International


Megha Agrawal Sood

Director of Programs at Exposure Labs, the film and impact production company behind Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral, The Social Dilemma; Co Founder of The Climate Story Lab

Isha Sesay
Global Journalist, Television Personality and Author

Isha is an award-winning journalist who led the CNN team that won a 2014 Peabody Award for coverage of the missing Chibok girls. She hosted CNN NewsCenter, headed the network’s Africa reporting for ten years, and received a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor for her coverage of the Chibok girls’ story. She is the founder of W.E. (Women Everywhere) Can Lead, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and empowering teenage girls to become Africa’s next generation of leaders.

Slater Jewell-Kemker
Director of the film Youth Unstoppable

Slater Jewell-Kemker has been making films since she was six. An award-winning filmmaker and climate activist, Slater has been featured in Forbes twice and selected by the Hollywood Reporter as one of 15 filmmakers under 30 to watch. Slater is frequently invited to speak on film and climate change panels to represent the voice of youth. She lives in a tiny house on wheels on her farm in Southern Ontario, Canada.

Marlow Baines
Co-youth Director of Earth Guardians

Marlow has an intrinsic and deep love and appreciation for wild, open spaces and places. She has been an integral member of the Earth Guardians National Council, and Rising Youth for a Sustainable Earth (RYSE). Marlow furthers Earth Guardians’ mission to cultivate healthy communities, where youth are recognized and uplifted for their important contributions, energy, and ideas – necessary to usher in the solutions required to combat the climate crisis.

Robin Bell
Lecturer at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and president of the American Geophysical Union.

Bell is a research professor at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Institute and the current president of the American Geophsyical Union. As the president of the world’s largest organization of earth and space scientists—the AGU includes 62,000 scientists from 144 countries—she is the de facto top earth scientist in the world. The sensitive polar regions Bell studies are warming quickly, a symptom of climate change wrought by emissions from mankind’s activities. She is acutely aware of her personal contributions to the problem: her fuel-intensive polar research and a demanding travel schedule.


Beverly Camhe
Producer, EarthxWomen



Ellen van den Honert
Film Director of There is a Place on Earth



Erica Woolsey
CEO & Co-Founder, The Hydrous, National Geographic Explorer

Erika Woolsey is a marine biologist, an Ocean Design Fellow at Stanford University, and CEO of The Hydrous, a nonprofit that uses emerging technologies like virtual reality for ocean engagement. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she conducted most of her research on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, where she investigated how warming oceans affect coral health, specifically how rising temperatures alter growth and development in young corals following mass spawning events. Woolsey is Executive Producer of “Immerse,” a 360/VR film that takes the viewer on a virtual dive on the coral reefs of Palau.


Mandeep Rai
BBC Journalist and Author of the Best Seller: The Values Compass



Kehkashan Basu
19-year old environmental activist, speaker and youth leader – and winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize African youth activist, National Geographic Young Explorer.

19 year old Kehkashan Basu is a National Geographic Explorer, United Nations Human Rights Champion, winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize and the Founder-President of Green Hope Foundation. She is also the youngest recipient of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence and L’Oréal Paris’ Women of Worth Canada. She has just been elected as the Youth Lead of the Toronto-St. Paul’s Constituency Youth Council. She is a Climate Reality Leader, TEDx Speaker, author and musician. Kehkashan has been working tirelessly on children’s and women’s rights and sustainable development for the past 11 years.

Lyla June
Indigenous environmental scientist, doctoral student, educator, community organizer and musician of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese

This renowned poet, musician, and healer of Navajo and Cheyenne lineages will also deliver our opening message and close with a beautiful song as well.


Maureen Raymo 
Interim Director of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia


Galen McKinley
Oceanographer and Climate Scientist
Chia-Ying Lee 
Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Ocean & Climate Physics


Ruth Defries
Environmental Geographer and Leader in Sustainable Development
Elisabeth Nebie
Postdoctoral research scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, a center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University.


Catherine Coleman Flowers
Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice
Seneca Johnson
Student / Environmental Activist

My name is Seneca Johnson, I am 18 years old, and a senior at the Santa Fe Indian School. I live in Santa Fe New Mexico and am from the Muscogee and Seminole Nations of Oklahoma. I am a steering committee member of the non profit YUCCA, Youth United for Climate Crisis Action, a project of Earth Care. Our mission is to create sustainable social, economic, and environmental change that uplifts every member of our community.

Dr. Sylvia Earle
Founder Mission Blue, renowned Marine Biologist, and National Geographic Explorer in Residence
Vasser Seydel
The Oxygen Project, and Global Choices Arctic Angels


Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder of WECAN – Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network.
Justin Winters
One Earth, Co-Founder and Executive Director


Sally Jewell Coxe
Founder of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative
Astrid Determan
13 years old, Global Choices Arctic Angels and EPIC Animals


Moderators & Hosts

Kathy Eldon
Founder of Creative Visions

Kathy, the mother of Dan, is a film producer, media consultant, and journalist. While living in Kenya, she published several books on cookery and travel. She is the editor of The Journey Is the Destination and, with her daughter Amy, author of several journals. She lives in Los Angeles.

Pat Mitchell
Media Executive, Editorial Director/Host TEDWomen; Co-founder Connected Women Leaders; Author: Becoming a Dangerous Women: Embracing Risk to Change the World.

Pat Mitchell is the co-founder, curator and host of TEDWomen. Throughout her career as a journalist, Emmy-winning producer and ground breaking executive, she focused on elevating women’s stories and increasing their representation everywhere. She is chair of the Sundance Institute and the Women’s Media Center boards and a trustee of the VDAY movement, the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is an advisor to Participant Media and served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. She is the author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World.

Sally Ranney
President/Co-Founder, Global Choices & American Renewable Energy Institute

Sally is an environmental visionary, strategist and advocate. Founder/President of Global Choices and President/Co-Founder of the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI) and AREDAY Summit. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Federation, the Aspen Brain Institute, and the Climate Accountability Institute. She is CEO of Stillwater Preservation LLC, a wetlands mitigation banking company and Senior Advisor to the One Humanity Institute and the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). With forty years of experience in land, water, energy, biodiversity, and climate change from a background in ranching, Ranney has worked with three U.S. Presidents, including an appointment by President Reagan to his Commission on American Outdoors.



She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Horace Albright Award, the International Conservation Award, Earth Guardians’ Earth Stewardship Award, the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. R.K Mellon Fellowship.
Sarah Johnson P.G.A
Member of the Earth Institute at Columbia, President/Founder The Lozen Foundation, Co-CEO Green Hummingbird Entertainment

Sarah Johnson is a film producer, an organic farmer, and activist for environmental, educational, and gender issues. Sarah has served as a producer, or executive producer, on notable recent films including, Birdman (Academy Award for Best Picture), The ImmigrantSubmergenceBlood TiesDevil’s KnotJoeKeely and DuLost ChildThe Green Inferno, etc. Her social issue documentaries include The Great Hack (Sundance 2019), the Academy Award nominated The SquareChasing Ice, The Invisible WarThe Hunting Ground and Living In Emergency: Stories Of Doctors Without Borders.  Sarah holds a BS in Biology and is on the boards of St. Lawrence University and Conservation South Africa. She also Chairs the board at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. She is currently, amongst other projects, directing a film about campaign finance reform and its effect on our democracy.

Karenna Gore 
Founder, and Director of the Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) at Union Theological Seminary

Karenna Gore is the founder and director of the Center for Earth Ethics (CEE) at Union Theological Seminary. The Center for Earth Ethics bridges the worlds of religion, academia, policy and culture to discern and pursue the changes that are necessary to stop ecological destruction and create a society that values the long-term health of the whole. She is also an ex officio member of the faculty of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.  She is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America. Ms. Gore is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Union Theological Seminary.

Emma Carrasco
Senior Vice President of Global Engagement for National Geographic Society

As the senior vice president of global engagement at the National Geographic Society, Emma Carrasco leads strategic engagement and outreach efforts with key stakeholders around the world to further the visibility, vision, and impact of the Society. Her responsibilities include the management of the Society’s most strategic partnerships, executive thought leadership, crisis and reputation management, and oversight of the Society’s internal communications function. She is also an executive sponsor for the organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts.