Marquette Civic Dialogues is hosting an event with Benji Backer, founder and president of the American Conservation Coalition, on the role of young people in the climate crisis on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room.
All interested students are welcome to attend. Register online.
Before he founded ACC at the University of Washington, Backer began his career in conservative politics well before he could vote, volunteering for campaigns in his home state of Wisconsin. He has represented a right-of-center environmental viewpoint nationally, including testifying among youth climate activists like Greta Thunberg in Congress.
Backer has been named to Fortune 40 Under 40, Forbes 30 Under 30, GreenBiz 30 Under 30 and Grist 50. A frequent contributor to multiple national media outlets, Backer is a board member of numerous organizations, including BridgeUSA and the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum. He also serves on the American Academy of Arts & Sciences’ Climate Change Commission.