Join us for Clean Water Action's 35th annual conference, Upholding Democracy for a Healthy Environment, being held virtually on Zoom.
This year’s conference will focus on uplifting the people power of our democracy to protect our health and environment. A healthy democracy of, by, and for the people is necessary for a healthy environment. This has always been at the core of Clean Water Action’s work:
If you joined us last year, we were not even a month into the pandemic. Our conference was held virtually, hosting our featured speakers and environmental presentations each week over the course of Earth Month. This year we are doing things a little differently and we are very excited.
The opening conference event is Saturday is April 17, 2021 and the closing event is our World Asthma Day Town Hall on May 4th. In between, you are invited to attend any and all of our virtual workshops on water, waste, energy/climate, and the Green Amendment. Check out our full schedule below.
REGISTRATION & SPONSORSHIP
Since our conference is virtual this year, registration is free! We have a suggested donation of $36 to support this event and our year-round campaigns to protect our water, environment and health. We also encourage you to become an event sponsor. If you can't attend the event but would like to make a donation, please click the donate buttons below.
Coffee & Keynote Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:30 - 11 AM EST - WATCH LIVE
Evening Workshops (7 - 8 PM EST)
Monday, April 19
Wednesday, April 21
Monday, April 26
Wednesday, April 28
World Asthma Day Town Hall
Tuesday, May 4th, 7 - 8:30 PM EST
For additional event details and speakers see below or, click here.
Coffee & Keynote Speaker - Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:30 - 11 AM EST
On conference morning, Saturday, April 17th, grab a cup of coffee and listen to a dynamic conversation with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman and Clean Water Action's NJ State Director Amy Goldsmith and NJ/National Environmental Justice Director Kim Gaddy. This session will also include a special video message from Senator Cory Booker.
Evening Workshops (7 - 8 PM EST)
Zero Waste & Democracy - Monday, April 19
What do incinerators, plastic bag bans, composting, and recycling have to do with democracy? In this workshop, learn about the connection between local zero waste programs and policies and the larger effort to strengthen our democratic systems and fight corporate control of our resources.
Moderator: Maura Toomey, NJ Zero Waste Organizer, Clean Water Action
A Healthy Environment Is A Human Right - Wednesday, April 21
In this workshop, learn about New Jersey's movement for a constitutional Green Amendment protecting our environmental rights to clean air and water, a stable climate, and a healthy environment as an inalienable human right for all people and future generations.
Moderator: Kim Gaddy, Environmental Justice Director, Clean Water Action
We All Live Downstream - Monday, April 26
Depending on the zip code you live in, not all water quality and its care are created equal. Join us in exploring a mapping project that dramatizes the possibility of increasing the incidence of industrial toxics being carried into neighborhoods by big rains, storm waters, and climate change. Learn about a case study that illustrates the disconnect between upstream land use and downstream community impacts, as well as state policies and community-driven remedies that offer new ways of seeing and addressing these issues.
Moderator: Amy Goldsmith, NJ State Director, Clean Water Action
Punching Above Our Weight: How NJ and Other States Are Winning Climate Victories -Wednesday, April 28
The battle to halt the climate crisis will be won from communities to state capitols across the country! At this workshop, hear what is happening in New Jersey, California, and Michigan that will catapult the United States into a clean energy future, and learn how YOU can help. We had four years of climate denial in the White House, but that doesn't mean we didn't have crucial victories around the nation!
Moderator: Eric Benson, NJ Campaign Director, Clean Water Action
World Asthma Day Town Hall - Tuesday, May 4th, 7 - 8:30 PM EST
This event is part of a larger initiative to address the root causes of asthma and other health harms in our environmental justice communities and among frontline workers.
This event will be held virtually, via Zoom and we will provide you with login instructions a week before the event takes place. Please plan to join the event 10 minutes early if you are newly downloading Zoom to allow you to get it set up on time.
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. Clean Water Action's mission is to protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems.
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There are two ways to attend: 1) Select Attend the Entire Conference option to get access to all sessions OR 2) Select individual sessions below. All attendees will get access to the keynote address from Representative Bonnie Colman-Watson on April 17th.
Thank you for registering to attend Clean Water Action’s 35th annual conference Upholding Democracy for a Healthy Environment! We will also be sending this confirmation to your email. If you don't see it, please check your spam or promotions folder in case as sometimes emails can end up there.
Just as a reminder, your registration allows you to attend ALL of the conference workshop sessions throughout April, AND the World Asthma Day Town Hall on May 4. Below are the Zoom links to use to attend each session. We hope to see you (virtually) at all of them! If you missed our conference kick-off with keynote speaker Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and First Lady Tammy Murphy click here to watch on Facebook live.
Zero Waste & Democracy Workshop
Monday, April 19, 2021 7 - 8 PM Eastern Time
A Healthy Environment is a Human Right Workshop
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7 - 8 PM Eastern Time
We All Live Downstream Workshop
Monday, April 26, 2021 7 - 8 PM Eastern Time
Punching Above Our Weight: How NJ and Other States Are Winning Climate Victories Workshop
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7 - 8 PM Eastern Time
World Asthma Day Town Hall
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7 - 8:30 PM Eastern Time
Thanks again! We look forward to seeing you virtually at conference!
Clean Water Action