The Green Guide To Netroots Nation

ThinkProgress is covering and participating in Netroots Nation 2011, taking place Thursday to Sunday in Minneapolis, MN. Below is a selection of events, films, and parties that involve the intersection of climate change, environmental justice, and building the clean energy economy. Follow @TP_Green and @climatebrad for regular updates.



10:30 am: Environmental Strategy Session. L100D
Moderated caucus on climate, environment, and energy activism.

3 pm: Beyond Environmental Justice: Making Conservation Inclusive and Representative. L100H
A frank conversation dispelling myths about minority participation and interest in the conservation movement.
Roger Rivera (National Hispanic Environmental Council), Katie DeCarlo (Ella Baker Center), Marce Gutierrez (The Azul Project), Lili Molina (Energy Action Coalition), Refugio “Reg” Mata (Heal the Bay and Project Economic Refugee)

9 pm: The BlueGreen Alliance co-hosts a party at Hell’s Kitchen
Join us for free appetizers, a hosted bar, and the musical stylings of Gigamesh.


1:15 pm: “The Last Mountain” (full-length screening and discussion). M100 J
Screening and discussion of this powerful mountaintop removal documentary.
Mary Anne Hitt (Sierra Club), Bob Kincaid (Coal River Mountain Watch), Clara Bingham (Last Mountain producer), Jenn Breckenridge (Rainforest Action Network)

3 pm: Dirty Energy: The Fight Against Coal, Oil, Natural Gas and Nuclear Power. L100 FG
How can the Netroots better spread the message about the negative effects of dirty energy?
Josh Nelson (CREDO), Michele Boyd (Physicians for Social Responsibility), Tim DeChristopher, Mary Ann Hitt (Sierra Club), Bruce Baizel (Earthworks)

3 pm: Meet and Greet with Van Jones. M101C
Join Van Jones and MoveOn for snacks, beverages, and the lowdown on the upcoming Rebuild the Dream campaign.

4:30 pm: Science Policy in Unexpected Places. M100 H
How can scientists and policymakers better engage the public on climate change and other crucial scientific topics?
Josh Roseneau (National Center for Science Education), Dr. John Abraham (Climate Science Rapid Response Team), Darlene Cavalier (Science, Dr. Heidi Cullen (Climate Central), Shawn Otto (

6 pm: The Alliance for American Manufacturing hosts a “Made in America” party right outside the front doors of the Convention Center
Delicious food, smooth drinks, party music and American-made fashion. Get tickets at the AAM booth in the Community & Exhibit Hall.

7 pm: The Sierra Club co-hosts a party at the News Room
The first 150 guests will receive a free drink ticket.

10:30 pm: continues the party at the News Room
Open bar, RSVP required.


10:30 am: Hip Hop Rev preview. M100 J
The filmmaker will present a clip from the documentary about Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., and his efforts to involve urban communities in climate activism and green economy solutions.

10:30 am: Green Organizing in Red States: The Fight Against Big Oil’s Next Pipeline
Ranchers in Nebraska, landowners in Texas, Native Americans and other unexpected allies have mobilized to take the lead in organizing resistance to the Keystone XL pipeline project.
Kate Sheppard (Mother Jones), Marty Cobenais (Indigenous Environmental Network), David Daniel (Stop Tarsands Oil Pipelines), Jane Fleming Kleeb (Bold Nebraska), Nick Berning (Friends of the Earth)

12 pm: Van Jones: The American Dream Movement. General Session Hall A
The movement for ‘hope and change’ has a rare, second chance. How do we unite—as workers, business leaders, veterans, young people, seniors, social justice advo- cates, environmentalists and community organizers?

1:30 pm: Progressives vs Polluters: Standing up for the EPA. L100 FG
How do progressives fight back against the Koch suckers in Congress who are trying to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and kill the clean-energy economic recovery?
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Miles Grant (National Wildlife Federation), David Roberts (Grist), Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins (Green For All)

3 pm: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: How Corporate Front Groups are Corrupting our Democracy. L100 FG
How the climate and labor movement and progressive allies can fight back against this corporate polluter juggernaut.
Jamie Henn (, Brad Johnson (ThinkProgress Green), Per Olstad (Change to Win Investment Group), Phil Radford (Greenpeace), Richard Eidlin (American Sustainable Business Council)


10:15 am: Netroots Nation Day of Service
At the oldest public wildlife gardens in the nation, the Eloise Butler Wildlife Gardens, participants will get lunch, receive a tour, and spend time getting dirty removing invasive species threatening the local ecosystem. RSVP.

The American Federation of Teachers has put together a comprehensive party and special event guide.

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