CSU Earth Month 2021

Encouraged by the positive response to our Climate Justice = Social Justice events last semester, Sustainability Officers across the CSU are once again collaborating to organize a systemwide virtual event in honor of Earth Day 2021! These events are meant to expose CSU students and campus community members to young leaders of the inclusive sustainability and climate justice movement and inspire them to take action.

​Following the 1-hour panel discussion, which will be moderated by CSU student leader Armando Sepulveda II, participants will have the opportunity to join one of several “action tank” breakout discussions to dive deeper into topics, interact with the panelists, and learn about the various ways that they can join the movement.​​


Thursday, April 22nd, 12-1:30 pm

CSU Earth Day 2021: Taking Action for People and the Planet

Panel discussion and Q & A with Kevin J. Patel, Sage Lenier, Kristy Drutman, and Myroslava Fisun. Panel will be followed by “action tank” breakout sessions.

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Kevin J. Patel, Executive Director of OneUpAction

Kevin J. Patel has fought as an intersectional climate justice activist from Los Angeles, CA for the past eight years. Growing up with severe heart issues due to Los Angeles’ poor air quality, Kevin is one of the millions of people across the world who are already victims of the climate crisis. In 2019, he founded OneUpAction International — an organization that supports and empowers marginalized youth by providing them with the resources they need to be changemakers. Through his work with One Up Action, Patel collaborated with the community to create the first of its kind Youth Climate Commission in LA County to amplify youth voices on the climate crisis. Patel is a UN Togetherband Ambassador for Goal 14 and currently serves as a 2020 National Geographic Young Explorer. Patel also serves on the Youthtopia_world: Circle of Youth council, the ClimatePower2020 council, and the Intersectional environmentalist council. Patel is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Loyola Marymount University.

@imkevinjpatel | @oneupaction

Leah Thomas

Sage Lenier, Educator

Sage Lenier is a 22-year-old educator who has been teaching and organizing in the environmental sphere for four years. She began as an undergraduate at Berkeley teaching to her peers and her course, Solutions for a Sustainable & Just Future, has now been taught to over 800 people. She is currently teaching with Zero Waste USA and working on turning her curriculum into a book.


Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Kristy Drutman, Climate Activist, Speaker and Environment Media Host

Kristy Drutman is a Filipina environmentalist and digital strategist based on Ohlone Land (aka the Bay Area) who wants to educate the world one post at a time about environmental justice through her podcast and media series, Brown Girl Green. She interviews environmental leaders and advocates about diversity and inclusion as well as creative solutions to the climate crisis. Kristy believes that culturally-nuanced storytelling is critical in building collective power and resilience within our communities, and aims to create content that empowers people to find their own voice in the fight for an environmentally just future.

@browngirl_green | www.browngirlgreen.org

Bre Holbert

Myroslava Fisun, Sunrise Movement Bay Area Hub Coordinator

Myroslava Fisun is a climate activist from Albany, California. She has been a member of the Sunrise Movement since September of 2020, where she serves on both the Policy Working Group and the Welcoming Team. She has developed and given trainings on environmental policy, coordinated research on corporate accountability, and has worked on the promotion of SB 260 (the Climate Corporate Accountability Act). She also works with the Youth Climate Action Team, where she helped design a new middle school curriculum on endangered species and climate change. On the weekends, she volunteers as a youth docent at Aquarium of the Bay where she introduces visitors to local ecosystems and ocean health. She currently attends Albany High School where she is active in YDSA (Young Democratic Socialists of America). She is passionate about collaborating with other young people on climate action and educating people on the importance of taking climate action.

Bre Holbert

Armando Sepulveda II, California State Student Association (CSSA) Sustainability Officer

Armando Sepulveda II is a student at San Diego State University majoring in political science with a minor in rhetoric and writing studies. He serves as the Vice President of External Relations for SDSU Associated Students and represents his campus at CSSA, where he serves as the Sustainability Officer.

Breakout Sessions
Following the 60-minute panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to join one of the 30-minute "Action Tank" breakout discussions, hosted by our speakers and other CSU sustainability leaders. Session topics and hosts are listed below. 

1. Intersectional Environmentalist with an Emphasis on Environmental RacismFacilitated by Kevin Patel, Founder and Executive Director, OneUpAction

2. Environmental Storytelling: Creative Brainstorming SessionFacilitated by Kristy Drutman, Climate Activist and Digital Media Strategist, Brown Girl Green

3. Solutions-Focused Community Work for a Sustainable FutureFacilitated by Sage Lenier, Educator, Zero Waste USA

4. The Role of Youth in the Climate Movement: Why and How Every Young Person Should Engage in the Fight for Climate JusticeFacilitated by Myroslava Fisun, Hub Coordinator, Bay Area Sunrise Movement

5. Pushing Sustainability through University Policy and Student GovernmentFacilitated by Armando Sepulveda II, CSU Student and Sustainability Officer for Cal State Student Association

6. CSU Divestment 101Facilitated by Lisa Swartz, Cal Poly SLO student leader of the Divest the CSU organization and Legislative Affairs Manager at CA League of Conservation Voters

7. People Power: Changing What's Possible for Climate Policy in CaliforniaFacilitated by Melissa Romero, CSULB alum and Legislative Affairs Manager at CA League of Conservation Voters

8. Using Art to Avoid Burnout as a Climate Justice ActivistFacilitated by Katie Koscielak, Sustainability Officer at Humboldt State