Climate Conference: Climate 2020: Seven Generations for Arizona

As Arizona confronts the impacts of a hotter world, Northern Arizona University is joining partners from Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and communities from around the state to convene the first statewide, solutions-focused climate summit, Climate 2020: Seven Generations for Arizona.

This two-day summit will bring together youth, community leaders, decisionmakers and researchers in Flagstaff, Arizona. Nationally-recognized voices on climate issues will be featured including Texas Tech scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, and former Governor of Arizona and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt.

Climate 2020: Seven Generations for Arizona aims to transform the conversation about climate change in Arizona, moving beyond drought contingency plans and into a comprehensive and future-oriented framework of creative and science-driven decision-making. Partners include the Center for Ecosystem Science and Society (NAU), the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, the Center for Health Equity Research (NAU), the Green Fund (NAU), the Sustainability Program at the City of Flagstaff, and Vitalyst Foundation.



Friday, November 15, 2019
° 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Continental Breakfast and Registration
°8:45 AM – 8:50 AM
President’s Welcome + Opening Remarks by Hon. Marth McSally, AZ Senator
°8:50 AM – 9:30 AM
Welcome w/ Bruce Hungate (NAU), Nikki Cooley (Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals), and Mia Armstrong (ASU)
°9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Keynote Address: Arizona’s changing climate with Katharine Hayhoe (Texas Tech) and Nancy Selover (ASU)
°10:35 AM – 11:45 AM
Climate Change in Arizona: Global Connections and Cause for Concern
°12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Keynote (Livestreamed)
°12:45 PM – 1:30 PM
Lunch (provided)
°1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Concurrent Panel Discussions: The Future of Water in Arizona / Wildfire, Infrastructure, and Emergency Management
°2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Concurrent Panel Discussions: Urban Centers / Migration, Labor and Agriculture
°3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Panel Discussion: Impacts of Climate Change on Arizonan’s Health
°7:30 PM
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez live in concert at the Orpheum Theater (doors open at 6:00pm)
Saturday, November 16, 2019
°8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Continental Breakfast and Registration
°8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Keynote remarks from Bruce Babbitt, former governor of Arizona
°9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Concurrent Panel Discussions: Higher Education / Conservation & Education / Resilience in Rural AZ
°10:05 AM – 10:55 AM
Breakout Sessions: Climate Ready Tribes / Learning and Teaching Climate Science / Community-Based Fire Resilience
°11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
Breakout Sessions: Developing Climate Action Plans / Talking to Your Neighbors about Climate / Community Climate Action
11:55 AM – 12:35 PM
Lunch (provided)
°12:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Youth Town Hall & Climate Work Session w/ Jaime Butler + AZ Youth Climate Strike + Sunrise Movement + Uplift
°12:45 PM – 3:00 PM
(Concurrent w/ Youth Town Hall) 1st: Informal Network / 2nd: Practice and Potential in AZ’s Renewable Energy Markets
°3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
“Meditations in an Emergency”: Telling stories about our changing climate w/Harun Mehmedinovic, filmmaker (Ice on Fire)

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Registration is open! Summit registration is free to Arizona university students who wish to volunteer. Email Kate Petersen,, to learn about volunteer opportunities.