Obi Kaufmann LIVE with the California Natural Resources Agency

Wednesday May 20 2020   12:30 PM
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About the California Natural Resources Agency Speaker Series

The Secretary Speaker Series is an opportunity to bring in outside voices to discuss emerging issues under the natural resources umbrella. This open forum allows Agency staff to learn more about a variety of topics and helps inform our work stewarding California’s resources.

These events are live-streamed on YouTube and recorded for later viewing.

May 20, 12:30 p.m.: In Conversation with Obi Kaufmann – Environmentalist, author, and illustrator

Artist-adventurer Obi Kaufmann will join Secretary Crowfoot for a conversation discussing his vision for building a climate resilient society and how we can usher in a new age of preservation, benefiting California for generations to come. This event will be streamed on the Natural Resources Agency YouTube page and will be available to watch after the event.

Watch the video LIVE here:

Obi KaufmannGrowing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends to scramble around Mount Diablo and map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at his desk in Oakland, posting @coyotethunder #trailpaintings on social media. His website is