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WELL at United Nations COP23:  I attended the United Nations COP23 in Bonn, Germany last week and learned a great deal about the challenges facing our planet. I’ve had a chance to reflect on those learnings and have come away feeling positive and hopeful about our earth’s future, despite President Trump’s stance on climate change. That hope was sparked by the people I interacted with at the conference, people from all corners of the globe as well as from my home state of California. Read more.

Brooklyn & Boyle, December 18, 2017:  Report from U.N. Climate Change Conference, “I am fortunate to be attending the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), or “COP23,” here. Since my arrival to this historic old-world, yet still very modern European city, I’ve learned a great deal.” Read more.

Impulso de Oaxaca, December 14, 2017:  “La semana pasada, yo participé en la Conferencia de la ONU sobre el cambio climático COP23 en Bonn, Alemania. Esta conferencia internacional reunió a gente de todas las regiones del mundo, entre ellos muchos delegados de nuestro gran estado de California. Regresé de esa experiencia con esperanza por el futuro de nuestro planeta.” Read more.

white-house-summit-speechWhite House Water Summit, March 22, 2016:  The White House hosted a Water Summit to help raise awareness of water issues and potential solutions across the United States in an effort to accelerate ideas and actions to help build a sustainable and secure water future through innovative science and technology.  WELL Board Member, Victor Griego, was one of the featured speakers, discussing WELL’s efforts to educate Latino local elected officials about water policy.  To watch Mr. Griego’s speech, click here. To read the press release on this event, click here

Fox News Latino, March 19, 2015:  It may not be DC, but Villaraigosa is surely on the road to somewhere “We need leaders that are willing to think big, that are willing to be as big as the crisis ahead,” Villaraigosa said at the Water Education for Latino Leaders conference, where he also met separately with local leaders. 

The Desert Sun, March 6, 2015:  Villaraigosa: California water bond ‘wasn’t big enough’ Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for Californians to “think bigger” about the state’s serious water challenges, saying the need to invest in water supplies will extend far beyond the $7.5 billion bond that voters passed four months ago.

The Reedley Exponent, April 9, 2014: Councilmembers attend water conference Mayor Pro Tem Victor Lopez, City of Orange Cove: “All the speakers were highly educated and were very familiar with the water issue. There is a lot (of) concern throughout the state. A lot of people said they were ill-informed about the drought in California.” 

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Santa Paula Times, May 10, 2013:  Water solutions are all around us Adan Ortega, Jr., water expert and keynote speaker: “In essence, our real choice is whether to wait for crisis to spur change or begin building a robust water system that can in fact be strengthened by any crisis that hits.”