The National Women’s Political Caucus National & NWPC South Bay hosted a Salon Series Symposium on November 6, 2021, featuring Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Dr. Heidi Hutner (Ecofeminist Scholar, Journalist – MS Magazine & NY Times), Karla Nemeth (Director CA Dept of Water Resources), Laurel Firestone (State Water Resources Control Board) and more.

This symposium focused on the disproportionate effects of climate change, and how women have impacted the world with strategies for ecological democracy and water resiliency. The climate change battle becomes an intersection of environmental impact, inequality, and disproportionate challenges faced by low income women, families and farming communities. We must work towards equity, safety, and access for all. Our goal was not only to educate women from across the United States on climate change, but also to educate women on how they can assemble and organize long-term political strategies, create policy, and combat climate change. It’s not just stating the problem, but it is inspiring women to come together and engage in long-term effective solutions.

Featured Speakers : 

Congresswoman Grace Flores Napolitano, U.S. Representative California 32nd District

Dr. Heidi Hutner, Ecofeminist Scholar, Broadway and Film Producer, Journalist for Ms. Magazine and New York Times

Panelists : 

Karla Nemeth, Director, California Department of Water Resources 

Laurel Firestone, State Water Resources Control Board

Andrea Leon-Grossmann, Director of Climate Action, AZUL 

Gloria Gray, Chairwoman Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors

Shelley Luce, President and CEO Heal the Bay

Honorable Jan Perry, Los Angeles City Councilwoman (Retired)