“If you’re sitting at a table surrounded by people who are just like you, there’s no way that you’re going to understand the complexity and entirety of the situation.”
Collado urged people to think about climate change and sustainability, along with the topic of social justice, and to integrate all these intersections of identity.
“How we build those partnerships need to shift so that we’re not looking at individuals as if we’re studying them or [they are] doing us a favor,” said Collado. “But rather we are introducing ourselves to say ‘we are your partner.’”
The Planet Forward Summit continued with a panel of students and a faculty member from Arizona State that used President Collado’s remarks as a backdrop for continued conversations around environmental storytelling. Since 2004, Arizona State University has become a global leader in sustainability efforts — creating the Global Institute of Sustainability, launching the first School of Sustainability in the U.S., and deploying the largest solar energy portfolio of any university in the U.S.
“I found it very interesting how the follow up panel sessions used President Collado’s remarks and guidance to further dive into subjects and topics,” said Greg Lischke, director of energy management and sustainability at Ithaca College. “It was interesting to me how her ‘healthy disruption’ comments really resonated with the Arizona State team.”
Additionally, the Planet Forward Summit featured a conversation with One Tree Planted founder and Chief Environmental Evangelist Matt Hill on global reforestation efforts and generating an environmental movement with impact. One Tree Planted is a 501c3 non-profit with a focus on global reforestation. As an environmental charity, One Tree Planted is dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world.
The Summit ended with a group of students from the Planet Forward Consortium talking about the storytelling process.