Join us all summer long for presentations from experts in the fields of conservation, reproductive health care, and reproductive rights! Please note that dates and speakers are still pending—we will update this page when more details become available. We hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be interesting and informative conversations over the coming months!

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Event Line-Up

 

June:

 

“Climate, Environment, and the Rights of Women and Girls”

Karen Gaia Pitts, Project Coordinator for Transition Earth and founder of the Maasai Harmonial Development and Sustainability project, will discuss how the program focuses on the use of community-based solutions to enhance conservation practices, build resilient communities, and improve the health and well-being of local villagers. In addition, Joshua Mirondo, Transition Earth volunteer and Communications Team member at Reproductive Health Uganda, will share his on-the-ground experiences as a reproductive health trainer and peer educator.

Date: Wednesday, June 23rd
Time: 2pm ET/11am PT


 

Karen Gaia Pitts, Maasai Harmonial Development & Sustainability

Karen Gaia Pitts is a native Californian who has been involved with population matters since 1996. The following year she started the website World Overpopulation Awareness, at overpopulation.org, which has since been discontinued. From 2000 to 2004 she served on the volunteer committee steering the Sierra Club Population Program. For the past 10 years, Karen has been the chair of the Population Committee for Sierra Club California. In 2016, Karen learned about a Maasai community in Tanzania that was interested in family planning and girls’ education.

Joshua Mirondo, Reproductive Health Uganda & Transition Earth

Joshua Mirondo is a freelance blogger, digital marketer, and photographer. He is a graduate of Uganda Christian University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration and management. He also volunteers with Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU), where he is part of the communications team; Joshua has been a community-based reproductive health trainer and peer educator with RHU since 2015. He has a passion for using digital media for advocacy and has worked on projects that seek to empower women, girls, and young people to know their sexual reproductive health and rights in a country full of patriarchy and cultural norms that hinder access to these services.

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Presentation with Transition Earth


July:

“Advancing Climate and Poverty Solutions through Equitable Change”

Project Drawdown’s new initiative, Drawdown Lift aims to simultaneously address climate change and alleviate extreme poverty through the advancement of interdisciplinary solutions-based approaches for low and middle-income countries. During her presentation, Kristen will delve into the important role of equity in health and education as climate solutions, as well as poverty alleviation.

Date: Thursday, July 8th
Time: 2pm ET/11am PT


 

Kristen Patterson, Project Drawdown

Kristen P. Patterson joined Project Drawdown in January 2021 as the Director of Drawdown Lift, which advances climate solutions that improve human well-being, enhance equity, and alleviate poverty in emerging economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Kristen’s service as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Niger deeply influenced her career, which has focused on the nexus of community development, public health, and environmental conservation. Prior to joining Project Drawdown, Kristen led PRB’s People, Health, Planet program, which focused on holistic programs that simultaneously address human health needs and planetary health. Previously, Kristen worked for The Nature Conservancy’s Africa Program, where she helped launch an integrated health and conservation project, Tuungane, in western Tanzania that continues today. She also has worked in Madagascar as a USAID Population-Environment Fellow, and conducted research on farmer-herder conflict resolution in Niger. Kristen has an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development and a Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA from Colby College.

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