Brown Bag Webinar: Making Sense of the COP26 Climate Talks - Reporting Back from the Field
Betsy Wilkening, President, Polar Educators International
Kristen Poppleton, Senior Director of Programs, Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy
Betsy is a learner, engineer, educator, environmentalist, volunteer, wife, mom, and activist. Her career has spanned jobs in industry, PreK-12 classroom teaching, teacher professional development, outreach education, and community engagement. As a teacher, she had the opportunity to work and visit the Arctic, which led her to becoming a founding member and now president of Polar Educators International. Betsy is a 5th generation Arizonan. Her ancestors first occupied lands of the Tohono O’Odham and Yaqui people in Tucson under the Mexican flag. Betsy’s Hispanic roots run deep in the Sonoran Desert, and as members of her community are disproportionately affected by extreme heat, persistent drought, and extreme storm events, she is passionate about empowering all to take action to build a more resilient community.
Kristen develops a vision for and provides strategic coordination, oversight and support for all Climate Generation programs focusing on youth, educator, and community engagement. Kristen served on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment, the City of St. Paul’s Climate Action Planning Committee, and Minnesota’s Science Standards Revision Committee. She currently serves as co-chair of the CLEAN (Climate Literacy) Network’s Leadership Board, the Action for Climate Empowerment Leadership Team, and St. Paul’s Climate Justice Advisory Board. She is a 4th generation St. Paulite, and in her spare time loves to be in the boreal forest with her husband, two children and lab, canoeing, hiking, Nordic skiing, or with her nose in a new novel.
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