February is almost here, we’ve all had time for post-holiday recovery, and we’re not buried in snow, so no excuses — get out and get engaged!
Here are some upcoming events to get you started.
Earth. Data. Action.
Wednesday, February 4
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Happy hour and panel discussion hosted by Internews, Google Earth Outreach, and BAIL.
Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Internews Earth Journalism Network and hear how technology, data, and networks are enabling voices around the world to protect and preserve our lands and oceans. The panel will explore interactive maps for reporting on climate shifts, take a sneak peek at a new toolkit for environmental data journalism, and share some of their groundbreaking work with environmental sensors.
- James Fahn, Founder, Earth Journalism Network
- Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach
- Gustavo Faleiros, Founder, InfoAmazonia
- Willie Shubert, Program Officer, Earth Journalism Network
FREE (RSVP required)
What are you doing this month? We wanted to highlight a few of the events happening in October to help you get out there and discuss, debate, engage!
Please see our Events Calendar for a full listing of upcoming events across the Bay Area.
If you’re hosting events or know of any that we’ve missed, please submit them to our calendar (there’s a form just to the right of the calendar itself). You can also contact us if you have questions or difficulty submitting.
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