Panel discussions will be led by a moderator asking panelists topic specific questions. Panelists will be experts in the subject matter. Audience questions will be taken through written questions. Each panel is planned to last 45 minutes.
1. Preserving Montana’s Natural Beauty: Conservation and Climate: Explore how a changing climate threatens the state’s natural resources, which are crucial for tourism and outdoor recreation activities like downhill skiing, fishing, hunting, and hiking.
2. Sustainable Agriculture: Securing Our Food Supply: Discussion on potential innovations in agricultural practices making them more sustainable to ensure food security and realize more economic benefits.
3. Economic Benefits of Renewable Energy in Montana: Discussion on how investing in renewable sources like wind and solar can create jobs and contribute to the local economy.
4. Local Success Stories: Businesses Leading the Way in Sustainability: Highlight local businesses that have successfully implemented sustainable practices without sacrificing profitability.
5. Building Resilient Communities: Preparing for Extreme Weather Events: Discussion on how local communities can prepare for and adapt to extreme weather events exacerbated by the changing climate. The discussion will focus on practical solutions, potential impacts on health and how to address those impacts.
6. Youth Roundtable: The Next Generation Speaks: Local youth will discuss their concerns and hopes for the future, encouraging an intergenerational dialogue.