June 29, 2021—
“Climate Crisis: Global and Local Perspectives”

United Nations Association of Coachella Valley
Moving forward in 2021 - Virtual Speakers Series invite the public to attend:

"Climate Crisis: Global and Local Perspectives"

Moderated by Jeff Hocker, Communications Chair, UNA-USA Coachella Valley

Jeff Hocker

UNA Coachella Valley Communications Chair


(Palm Springs, CA) The United Nations Association of the Coachella Valley continues its series of speaker events addressing issues that transcend boundaries and effect all people. Next up is Tanja Srebotnjak who will present a global climate crisis overview, discuss how the Biden Administration has re-joined the UN Paris Agreement and give insights with Patrick Evans on the impact on Californians during its struggles with drought, wildfires and more. Join the UNA CV in coordination with the Ponoma Valley UNA Chapter for Moving Forward in 2021, on June 29 at 4:00 PM (PT) for “Climate Crisis: Global and Local Perspectives” followed by Q&A session.

Tanja Srebotnjak is currently the Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. She completed her PhD in environmental statistics and policy at the Yale School of the Environment in 2007 and has since been working on environmental, sustainability and human health issues in a variety of settings and contexts.

Most recently she was the inaugural director of the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design at Harvey Mudd College and the Environmental Citizenship program at the Nueva School in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work at Nueva involved core curriculum design in environmental citizenship and obtaining the school’s first-ever recognition as a 2021 Green Ribbon School by the federal Department of Education.
At Williams College she is immersed in developing and implementing transformative climate action and sustainability strategies, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the sustainability field, and creating meaningful opportunities for students to learn about sustainability and become effective change makers.

Tanja Srebotnjak

Director of Environmental Initiatives Williams College


Patrick Evans

Meteorologist KESQ News
Channel 3


Our second panelist, Patrick Evans with a degree in Environmental Science and studies with the Virginia State Climatology Office, is the morning and noon meteorologist at KESQ News Channel 3, and Host of “Eye on the Desert.” He also hosts afternoon drive on CV 104.3 FM from 2:00-7:00 pm. In August 2002, Patrick moved to the Palm Springs area to help launch the new Coachella Valley CBS affiliate, where he served as the Chief Meteorologist for nearly 17 years. Following the merger with KESQ News Channel 3, you now see Patrick at 5:00 & 6:00 AM, 12 PM and at 12:45 PM hosting “Eye on the Desert” recently earning an Emmy® Award for his work and he is recipient 366 on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

A longtime devotee of Frank Sinatra, Patrick can be spotted crooning with local musicians. Each afternoon at 4 pm, Patrick features “Frank at 4” on CV 104.3, a daily dose of the Chairman of the Board, along with a little history about the man and his music.

Patrick’s other passion is food especially Fulvio’s Foods, an Italian Sausage company, in honor of his late father, Fulvio Antonio Lachetta served in dozens of restaurants throughout the Valley.
Patrick and his wife Andrea, along with their children Karina and Vesta, love to travel and take care of their rescue dachshunds and rescue cats.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Beginning at 4:00 PM
(a Virtual Event)

Following the presentation, stay tuned for a 30-minute Q&A

About UNA Coachella Valley
The United Nations

Association Coachella Valley is one of 200 local chapters of UNA-USA. Our mission is to bring awareness and advocacy to issues that are both global in nature and regional issues that impact local communities throughout the United States. Local UNA’s bring attention to issues such as; Environmental Justice, HIV/AIDS, Social Justice, Food Security, and protecting and expanding rights of our Indigenous people, just to name a few.

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