Knoxville is serving as the virtual host city for a 10-state climate change conference Saturday, providing citizens a chance to quiz policymakers, including Tennessee Republican Congressman Tim Burchett.
The 2020 Citizens’ Climate Southeast/Appalachia Conference kicks off Saturday morning via Zoom. The free event, entitled “From Climate Crisis to Climate Opportunity,” had been scheduled as a two-day conference to be held at the University of Tennessee but now – because of the COVID-19 pandemic – will be held virtually.
It is being hosted by two nonprofit groups – Citizens’ Climate Education and Citizens’ Climate Lobby – that push for bipartisan solutions to the problem of climate change.
The conference will launch at 9 a.m. with a panel discussion moderated by Knox News veteran investigative journalist Jamie Satterfield, whose work exposing the dangers of coal ash waste has garnered some of journalism’s top awards.
Burchett, a former state senator and Knox County mayor who was elected last year to serve in the 2nd Congressional District, is joining the panel discussion, along with Tennessee state Sen. Richard Briggs, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Commissioner Evelyn Gill.
“Participants will hear from our elected officials, gain knowledge of the latest climate change information, and be inspired by actions to take to avert climate change,” said Jan Berry, Tennessee State Co-coordinator for Citizens’ Climate.
The hour-long panel discussion will be followed by 27 break-out sessions from which participants can choose. More than 600 people have already registered to attend, and registration will remain open through Saturday afternoon.
To register for the free event (tickets are required), go to eventbrite.com and search for 2020 Citizens’ Climate Southeast/Appalachia Conference.