#SEJ2024 Opening Plenary: Election 2024 — How Will Climate Change Matter?

Event Date: 
April 5, 2024
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Election 2024: How Will Climate Change Matter?
Friday, April 5 | 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
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The 2024 election is likely to dominate coverage across local, regional and national newsrooms. And it’s not just about the Oval Office. Congressional, state legislatures, city council and utility and school board seats are up for grabs. At the same time, “climate” has crept up as a policy issue voters care about. In recent polls, Democrats consistently rank it as one of their top issues and although Republicans tend to rank it lower, it is high on the list for younger Republicans. But both parties want to see more from their leaders on this front. How does climate change affect voter turnout? Where can this be the salient issue that makes or breaks a race? And what are the implications for climate after the acceptance speeches are given?

Emcee: Meg McGuire, Founder, Delaware Currents and #SEJ2024 Conference Chair

Moderator: Ximena Bustillo, Political Reporter, National Public Radio

Brittany Bell Surratt, Senior Director, Storytelling and Communications, Hip Hop Caucus
Karly Matthews, Vice President of Communications, American Conservation Coalition
Nathaniel Stinnett, Founder and Executive Director, Environmental Voter Project
Wendy Wendlandt, President, Environment America and Senior Vice President, The Public Interest Network


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