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Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and the American Conservation Coalition on Tuesday, April 20, from 2:30-3:30 pm EDT for a conversation on the role of nature-based solutions in meeting the climate challenge. Chris Barnard, policy director of the American Conservation Coalition, will provide opening remarks, followed by a moderated panel discussion with Casey Cox, a sixth-generation Georgia farmer, Danielle Atkins, forester and Owner of Land & Ladies, Eve Boyce, Project Manager at the Open Space Institute, and Jessie Ritter, Director of Water Resources and Coastal Policy at the National Wildlife Federation. The discussion will be moderated by Kelsey Forren, Assistant Director at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center. 

From forests to farmlands to coastal areas, there is a range of opportunities for natural solutions that could prove instrumental to addressing the climate challenge. The panel of experts will discuss the unique opportunities for and challenges to significant emission abatement in their respective areas of expertise. The panelists will offer valuable insights into the viability of nature-based solutions and what leveraging natural infrastructure looks like at the scale necessary.

This event is part of the Atlantic Council “Raising Ambitions” events series, which focuses on the higher climate ambitions that the Biden-Harris administration hopes to realize at home and abroad. It will evaluate key technologies critical to helping reach these goals, emphasize sectoral approaches to decarbonization, and highlight that countries are increasing their commitments to climate action. The aim is to build momentum in advance of the United States’ Leaders’ Climate Summit in April and encourage increased ambition from public and private sector actors.


Opening remarks by

Chris Barnard
Policy Director
American Conservation Coalition

A conversation with

Danielle Atkins
Forester and Owner
Land & Ladies

Eve Boyce
Land Project Manager
Open Space Institute

Jessie Ritter
Director, Water Resources and Coastal Policy
National Wildlife Federation

Casey Cox
Longleaf Ridge Farms

Moderated by

Kelsey Forren
Assistant Director, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

The Global Energy Center develops and promotes pragmatic and nonpartisan policy solutions designed to advance global energy security, enhance economic opportunity, and accelerate pathways to net-zero emissions.