The Power of Community Building in Combatting Climate Change | Sea Change

July 7, 2022

A look at how the Sierra Club is facing climate change.

Human beings crave community and the feeling of belonging but we live in a world that can feel increasingly isolating, this can leave people feeling frustrated and powerless. During this episode of the Sea Change Podcast, Jenna and her guest Anna Ziai explore the power that community building and well-informed, just policy can have in empowering people and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Anna is a graduate of University of Chicago Law School and is an environmental lawyer at the Sierra Club, where she uses federal legislation to address the climate crisis and its effects on people, animals, and habitats.

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Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.