2023 Earth Day Learning Event

Earth Day 2023: Species on the Move was held April 18-19.

Schedule and Session Details

Note: If you initially registered only for the virtual sessions and later decide to attend the in-person sessions, you will need to register again.

1 p.m.

Exhibits and check-in open

Browse exhibit tables by our partners: American Family Insurance, Division of Extension, Lakeshore Nature Preserve, Natural Resources Foundation, Nelson Institute Energy Analysis and Policy Program, Nelson Institute Environmental Professional Programs, Office of Sustainability, Sierra Club, Sustain Dane, The Nature Conservancy, UW-Madison Arboretum, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Snapshot Wisconsin, Wisconsin Energy Institute.

2:30–2:45 p.m.

Welcome remarks

Paul Robbins, dean, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

2:45–3:30 p.m.

Human-Caused Climate Change, Global Biodiversity, and Solutions

Patrick Gonzalez, executive director, University of California–Berkeley Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity

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3:30–3:40 p.m.


3:40–4:25 p.m.

New Frontiers in Genetic Rescue for Wildlife Conservation

Ryan Phelan, cofounder and executive director, Revive & Restore

Cohosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

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4:25–4:35 p.m.


4:35–5:20 p.m.

Addressing Human Mobility in a Warming World: Challenges and Opportunities

Erica Bower, climate displacement researcher, Human Rights Watch

Cohosted by the Laurie Carlson Progressive Ideas Forum and the Wisconsin Initiative on Law and Climate

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5:20–5:30 p.m.

Closing remarks

Paul Robbins, dean, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

6 p.m.

Exhibit hall closes

Note: You can pre-register for the sessions you’d like to attend, or join on the day of the event.

10–10:50 a.m.
Breakout sessions

Detecting Species on the Move

Hosted by the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and Global Environment

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Renewable Energy, Agriculture, and Home: Wisconsin’s Changing Landscapes

Hosted by the Wisconsin Energy Institute, the Office of Sustainability, and the Energy, Analysis, and Policy Program

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12:15–1:15 p.m.

Re-Setting Our Relationship with Nature by Indigenizing Conservation

Andrea Akall’eq Burgess, global director of conservation in partnership with Indigenous peoples and local communities, The Nature Conservancy

Cohosted by the Nelson Institute’s environmental professional programs and the Nature Conservancy

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All views expressed by the speakers are their own and are not necessarily representative of the views and opinions of the Nelson Institute or UW–Madison.