We are still on a high from the 2018 Planet Forward Summit!
This year, we had our most successful Summit yet with more than 400 attendees and students from 40 schools around the world! Thousands more watched online. We had special guests from Discovery, Inc., National Geographic, The New York Times, Lindblad Expeditions, The Washington Post, The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Land O’Lakes, Inc., World Food Program USA — and more.
We heard from Theodore Roosevelt IV; Susan Eisenhower; Nick Akins, the chairman, president and CEO of American Electric Power; and Denise Fairchild, president and CEO of the Emerald Cities Collaborative.
Our focus throughout: how to understand and convey the stories of our planet and the ideas and innovation needed to move it forward.
Our big finale: We announced the 2018 Planet Forward Storyfest award winners — seven student storytellers from five schools. They submitted videos, blogs, photos essays and more capturing incredible ideas and initiatives. They’ll go on an eight-day voyage with Lindblad Expeditions between Sitka and Juneau to capture the stories of climate change while exploring Alaska's coastal wilderness.
The 2018 Planet Forward Summit, our fourth annual Storyfest competition, and our second year hosting Planet Forward Correspondents has exceeded all of our expectations.
In the coming days we will post the Summit in segments online, along with some of each panel's highlights. Relive the inspiring presentations — everyone from the incredible visual journalists at Eyes on Earth to the students who have been there — and been inspired to become storytellers, from professional journalists and storytellers to exceptional leaders in sustainability.
Were you inspired? Are you ready to join us? We need these stories now, more than ever.
Students: If you want to be a correspondent email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume.
Schools: Interested in joining the Planet Forward Consortium? Reach out to email@example.com and we'll get the conversation started on how we can work with you!
Huge thanks to our partners and funders: Land O'Lakes, Inc., Lindblad Expeditions, Alaska Airlines, Discovery, Inc., Monsanto, Skanska, World Food Program USA, sweetgreen, UN-FAO, National Geographic, Patagonia, the GW School of Media & Public Affairs, the GW Office of the President, and Mrs. Green's World.
Save the date for next year’s Planet Forward summit: April 4-5, 2019!