Leveraging Outdoor Recreation for Environmental Stewardship


February 25, 2022 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Online Event

This event explores how to leverage the American public’s growing enthusiasm for outdoor recreation on behalf of environmental stewardship and climate action. More and more people are heading outside for leisure.  How can that trend be harnessed to build needed public and political will for action on climate change and other forms of care for our planet? Can we achieve equity in outdoor access to enhance a sense of shared responsibility for the land? How do we shift the demographics of the conservation constituency so that they better reflect the country's and build a stronger environmental movement?


Chris Perkins, Senior Director at the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and a 2021 graduate of the Yale School of Management and Yale School of the Environment, will provide an analysis of how the $689 billion outdoor recreation industry has captured the attention of policymakers on both sides of the aisle, and how the dynamics of 2022 and beyond make now a critical moment for more outdoor recreation investments.
José G. González is the Founder and Director Emeritus of Latino Outdoors. He is a professional educator with training in the fields of education and conservation while engaging in different artistic endeavors with art and messaging—often exploring the intersection of the environment and culture. He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment. He will address how cultural values in the Latino community can strengthen a sense of stewardship for the earth and help overcome systemic oppression, leading toward environmental equity as more and more Americans go outside to play.
The conversation will be moderated by Kenneth Gillingham, a Professor of Economics at Yale University, with a primary appointment in the School of the Environment and secondary appointments in the Department of Economics and School of Management. In 2015-2016 he served as the Senior Economist for Energy and the Environment at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to his career in academia, Ken was a wilderness ranger in Wyoming.


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