3 Amazing People I met at the 2021 NCSE Drawdown Conference

The 2021 NCSE (now GCSE) Drawdown conference was nothing short of awesome! At the end of the fourth day of the conference, we saw The Seastars and AY Young perform. Admittedly I was a bit worn out before I saw them perform (everyone can agree that conferences, while enthralling, can be exhausting) -- but wow! By the end of their performances, I was so pumped to keep at it! NCSEDrawdown2021 did a fabulous job of making me feel connected and purposeful. Together, we can combat climate change!

In addition to the informative and connecting presentations, I met some truly amazing people, all of whom are working so hard on combating climate change in their own ways! I might interview some of these people for the pod. Have any requests?!

Honestly, this list could be way longer, but in an effort to keep things short, for today I chose to highlight 3 people who came to mind.

3 inspiring people I met during the conference:

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Christina X Brown presented a Flash Talk titled Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Importance of Building Program Externalization. Christina's depth and breadth of knowledge is seriously impressive! I was thrilled to learn more about how architecture can be used to combat climate change and improve our lives from a holistic perspective. 

Here's the description of her talk, in her own words: Buildings are increasingly designed as sealed boxes, requiring more conditioning. This creates spaces where people are disconnected from others, and live within boxes both physically and socially. How can externalization reimagine the architectural boundary to be more connective and dynamic?

You can learn more about her on her website.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.

Samuel Levac-Levey is in the process of producing a climate change activism game called Solutions. It's not released yet, but you can provide your email to be notified when it is! The game is based on Project Drawdown, which is a framework for climate solutions. Here's a description of the game, from its website: It’s a race against time to fight climate change. You and your friends must work together to reduce global emissions before it’s too late! As you strategically deploy various climate solutions, you will be tested on your knowledge and your ability to prioritize. You will need to think critically about each solution and discuss with your teammates in order to avoid catastrophe.

Valerie Luzadis, Ph.D. founded Heart Forward Science, an initiative that aims to hold intuition in harmony with intellect in order to produce the best science allowing for the "development of knowledge that will better advance equitable, sustainable outcomes. This is what we call Heart Forward Science." Valerie is a Professor of Social-Ecological Systems and Ecological Economics at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) and Chair of the Board of Directors of National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). She thinks holistically about science and her personal life, demonstrated by her dedication to inclusion and genuine connection.

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