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Women Lead the Way

We’re living in a precarious era, one defined in the last half decade by a polycrisis of three Cs: COVID, climate, and conflict. And much of the worst elements of these crises have been exacerbated by poor leadership.


As the global climate gets increasingly worse, it’s worth noting that international climate conferences are dominated by men, like the UN COP conferences, where the heads of state of almost 200 countries are signatories to consequential treaties — and the number of them that are women are in the single digits.


And, as noted by Margot Wallström, Sweden’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, 130 international peace agreements were signed between 1990 and 2014, and women were signatories to just 13.


Meanwhile, the most compelling leadership in the handling of all of these crises has come from women: New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern won much praise throughout the world for her handling of the COVID emergency in her country. And women leadership in the climate space has been led by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.


In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, the next episode of the Samuel Lawrence Foundation’s “First Fridays” video podcast highlights a panel of women leaders who have answers on how to move forward in a new way, with an emphasis on empowering, sensible solutions.

We’ll hear from panelists who have a focus on educating the next generation of women and finding sustainable solutions for our economy, society, environment, and planet.


This is a conversation you won't want to miss!

Janna Salokangas
Mission Impact Academy

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Akashinga Rangers

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Girls Education Collaborative

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Brooklyn Story Lab

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Samuel Lawrence Foundation

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The "First Fridays" Series is our monthly educational spotlight on people, ideas, and projects making a positive difference in the world.

At SLF, we are dedicated to fostering a sustainable future and bridging the information gap in communities worldwide.


Through our First Friday Series, we bring together renowned experts in the field of environmental sciences and education. These leading voices share their groundbreaking research and insights, unveiling the transformative potential of utilizing our planet's resources to combat climate change, preserve our environment, and promote global equity.


Discover the latest advancements, innovative solutions, and actionable strategies that can shape a brighter future for generations to come. Each webinar offers a unique opportunity to expand your knowledge, engage with thought leaders, and be part of a global movement striving for positive change.


Don't miss out on this exceptional platform for learning, inspiration, and collaboration. Mark your calendars for the first Friday of each month and join us in our mission to create a sustainable world where knowledge knows no boundaries. Together, let's build a future where our environment thrives, our climate is protected, and information empowers all.

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The San Onofre Briefing: The Latest on SoCal's Shut Down Nuclear Power Plant

February 2nd, 2024

What’s the status of the nuclear waste currently stored on site at San Onofre (SONGS)? What does it mean for a nuclear plant to be decommissioned? Is radiation still a concern for the surrounding community? Is San Onofre safe?

As advocates for a safe and sustainable future for Southern California, SLF is thrilled to invite you to our upcoming First Fridays webinar, "The San Onofre Briefing: The Latest on SoCal's Shut Down Nuclear Power Plant." This event will take place tomorrow, February 2, at 11:30 am PST.

Join us for a comprehensive exploration of the recent developments surrounding the decommissioning of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Our expert panel – including a retired Admiral of the U.S. Navy and the Former Chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission – will delve into the current status, environmental impact, and public health implications of the shut down nuclear site.

This is a conversation you won't want to miss!

Live from Dubai

December 1st, 2023

This live, open discussion provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from participants at the forefront of the UN’s annual climate conference, COP28, hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Dubai.

The Live from Dubai webinar features distinguished guests actively working on impactful solutions: Deirdre White, CEO of the international development nonprofit Pyxera Global; Kneyone Murray, young entrepreneur and CEO of Kneyzeus Energy in Trinidad and Tobago; Noa Gafni, Professor at Columbia University’s Climate School; Francois Rogers, Executive Director of the nonprofit Blue Planet Alliance, partner of the Samuel Lawrence Foundation.

38,000 attendees will have the opportunity to hear insights from these experts and discover the promise of hope they bring to the climate challenges we face.

Save the Pacific From Radioactive Wastewater

October 6th, 2023

The recent dumping of 250,000 gallons of radioactive wastewater from Fukushima has garnered global outcry about the effects of adding radioactivity to our ecosystem.

Learn about the consequences of radioactive exposures, studied by University of South Carolina Professor of Biological Sciences, Timothy Mousseau, PhD, and discover more about the effects of exposures to radionuclides such as tritium and many others.  

“There’s a very clear link between the health of our oceans and the health of people,” says University of Hawaii Marine Biology Professor, Robert Richmond, PhD. “Human health and environmental health are tied together.”

Accelerating the Renewable Era: Energy Solutions for a Regenerative Planet

August 4th, 2023

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation is pleased to welcome Blue Planet Alliance Founder Henk Rogers and Stanford University's Professor Mark Z. Jacobson to our monthly First Friday webinar Aug. 4.

Moderating the discussion is Lance Gould, founder and CEO of Brooklyn Story Lab.

According to a UN report, we have less than seven years to change our destructive habits before we cause permanent harm to the planet. Our speakers will show that a sustainable future with renewable energy is entirely within reach.

Can Nuclear Energy Help Meet US Climate Goals?

June 2nd, 2023

You’re invited to the Samuel Lawrence Foundation’s June 2nd First Friday Series Zoom briefing designed for members of Congress, their staffs, relevant federal agencies, and the media. It features leading indecent experts who have critically analyzed nuclear power’s potential role in fighting climate change.

Nuclear Winter: The Environmental Consequences of a Nuclear Exchange

April 7th, 2023

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation, in partnership with Environmental Working Group, proudly presents renowned atmospheric scientist, Professor Brian Toon, in this informative Zoom webinar titled "Nuclear Winter: The Environmental Consequences of a Nuclear Exchange."

The webinar was broadcasted live on April 7th at 11:30 am PST / 2:30 pm EST, and features Professor Toon, providing a scientific assessment of the environmental risks and global impact of a nuclear exchange. The event was be moderated by Dr. Paul Dorfman, Chair of Nuclear Consulting Group and Research Fellow at SPRU University of Sussex, UK.

Game Changers - Solutions for 2024

January 5th, 2024

We’re in a new year, which means we’re one year closer to 2030. That’s the deadline suggested by scientists and other experts as the date by which we need to make substantive changes to our way of life, or face potentially irreversible negative consequences.

Experts have been clamoring for solutions for this massive challenge. In this “First Fridays” episode, we’ll hear from people at all three of these organizations, with their fingers on the pulse of exactly the kinds of ideas that will pull us out of the mess we’re in. We’ll also meet two other solutionists, including the founder of an anti-racist lifestyle brand called America’s Hot Sauce. That’s the kind of warming we can live with!

How Hawaii Did It - Roadmap to a Renewable Future

November 3rd, 2023

Failing to take action will render our planet uninhabitable. But HOW do we do it? Is there a model we can use to show others how it's done? Yes there is!

Hawaii started deliberating over whether and how to transition to 100% renewable energy in 2009, and in 2015, passed the first U.S law mandating that the state make a 100% renewable-energy transition.

It's time to take notes. Hear from Hawaii State Senator Chris Lee, how he worked together with key stakeholders to mandate that Hawaii transition to 100% renewable energy by 2045.

The Climate Conversation

September 1st, 2023

With “climate change” being a hot-button phrase that brings backlash and even death threats, how can reporters and meteorologists do their job — ensure that the public is engaged and informed?

Join us on September 1st where renowned meteorologist Chris Gloninger,  Lauren Casey, and John Morales come together to describe the challenges the media faces when reporting on climate change, and envision how the media can bridge the gap between scientists and the public to drive climate literacy and shape an informed climate future.

Fighting Climate Change with a Fork

July 7th, 2023

Our fork is the greatest weapon against climate change. So says Nora LaTorre, CEO of Eat REAL. Nora is a food systems expert and sustainability leader who's on a mission to make our next generation healthier.

We are delighted to welcome her as our First Friday guest on July 7. Joining her is Sonia Hunt, an author and health and wellness expert.

The Hanford Dilemma: The Untold Story of America's Most Toxic Place

May 5th, 2023

Watch our webinar featuring two leading experts in their fields: author and journalist Joshua Frank and world-renowned communications expert Dr. Peter Andersen. The webinar, titled "The Hanford Dilemma: The Untold Story of America’s Most Toxic Place,"took take place on May 5th at 11:30 am PST / 2:30 pm EST.

No Miracles Needed

March 3rd, 2023

On March 3rd, the Samuel Lawrence Foundation's First Friday series hosted a thought-provoking webinar featuring two of the most influential environmental leaders of our time. In this free and open-to-the-public event, Stanford University Professor Mark Z. Jacobson discusses his groundbreaking book "No Miracles Needed: How Today's Technology Can Save Our Climate and Clean Our Air".

Moderated by Ken Cook, President and Cofounder of Environmental Working Group (EWG), the webinar explores the most pressing climate issues facing our planet today.

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