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From the Tea Party to Environmental Sustainability: How Divisive Politics Launched a New Movement

April 1 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

21-year old Benji Backer, founder and President of the American Conservation Coalition (ACC), will discuss how to make a political impact at a young age. He will reflect on his personal path from being active in a very conservative movement to finding ways to reach across the aisle after creating the ACC. He will make the case for the significance of conservation and environmental sustainability and how he tries to achieve environmental goals with the ACC.

Benji is a conservative activist from Appleton, Wisconsin and a junior at the University of Washington. He serves on the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum’s Leadership Council and is a fellow at the Chapman Center in Seattle. He previously served as the co-chair for Young Americans for Mitt Romney in Wisconsin and was named one of RedAlert’s top “30 Under 30” conservatives in 2015.

He has contributed to publications such as CNBC, Townhall, Daily Caller, RedState, and TheBlaze. Backer has also spoken at events across the country, including CPAC in 2014 and 2016. Through ACC, Backer is excited to help unite Americans on pro-environmental reforms and change the narrative when it comes to the environment.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People, Ducks Unlimited and the College Republicans.


April 1
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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