Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth/Healing Ourselves Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves

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PAUL STAMETS
How Mushrooms Can Help Us Survive “Extinction 6x”

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel
In this 6th Age of Extinctions, the biosphere’s life-support systems that have allowed humans to ascend are collapsing. Visionary mycological researcher/inventor Paul Stamets illuminates how fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer uniquely powerful, practical solutions we can implement now to boost the biosphere’s immune system and equip us with benign breakthrough mycotechnologies to accelerate the transition to a restored world.

JOHN WARNER
Green Chemistry: Biomimicry and Molecular Psychology

Introduction by Paul Hawken, Author and Social Entrepreneur
It’s time to create the green molecular building blocks that make green technology truly clean, from raw materials and production to social justice. World-renowned green chemist John Warner discusses how we can create a new generation of biomimetic and green molecular building blocks that will help us reach the “world we want.” One of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, he has published over 200 patents, papers and books. He is founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and of Beyond Benign, a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education.

ROBIN KIMMERER
Mishkos Kenomagwen:
The Teachings of Grass
Introduction by Melissa Nelson, The Cultural Conservancy

Indigenous peoples worldwide honor plants, not only as our sustainers, but as our oldest teachers who share teachings of generosity, creativity, sustainability and joy. By their living examples, plants spur our imaginations of how we might live. By braiding indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with modern tools of botanical science, Robin Kimmerer, professor of Environmental Science and Forestry of Potawatomi ancestry, explores the question: “If plants are our teachers, what are their lessons, and how might we become better students?”

PANELS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS

Solutions from the Underground: Mushrooms as Planetary Healers
Visionary mycologist Paul Stamets, Founder of Fungi Perfecti and author of books including Mycelium Running, explores the leading edges of his research and current applications using fungi for restoring the biosphere and human health.

Toward a Nontoxic Industry and Economy
What would a nontoxic industrial economy look like, and how do we get there? From green chemistry and biomimicry to mobilizing women and challenging corporate power, innovators are connecting the clean technology space with social movements. With: John Warner, co-founder of Green Chemistry; Erin Switalski, Executive Director, Women’s Voices for the Earth; Jeanne Rizzo, President/CEO, Breast Cancer Fund, founder Cancer-Free Economy project.

Intelligence in Nature: The Vegetable Mind
Contemporary science is validating traditional knowledge about the vast pervasive intelligence in nature, and in plants in particular. What is intelligence? How do we learn nature’s languages? Hosted by Melissa K. Nelson, President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Robin Kimmerer, Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment at SUNY-ESF; Monica Gagliano, renowned Australian marine biologist and evolutionary ecologist whose research Michael Pollan reported in the New Yorker.

Food Literacy as a Catalyst for Social Change
Breakthrough food literacy initiatives are transforming communities, bringing people together in meaningful conversations. Learn how to design an effective food literacy program for your community, organization or school. With: Kirk Bergstrom, Executive Director, Nourish Initiative; Alyson Wylie, Health Education Specialist, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion, California State University, Chico; Jered Lawson, co-founder and Co-Director, Pie Ranch.

Brave-Hearted Women: Protectors of Native Women’s Health
Indigenous women examine health threats to women, families and communities, and provide breakthrough case studies and models for protecting and supporting Native women’s health in urban and rural contexts. Hosted by Melissa Nelson (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe), President, The Cultural Conservancy. With: Erin Konsmo, (Metis/Cree), Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; Esther Lucero, MPP (Navajo), California Consortium of Urban Indian Health Centers; April McGill (Pomo/Yuki), Native American Health Center, San Francisco; and Katsi Cook (Akwesasne Mohawk), traditional midwife and health advocate.

City of Joy: Turning Pain to Planting and Power
How can farming and gardening help empower and heal one of the world’s most challenged populations? City of Joy Founder Eve Ensler and permaculturist Brock Dolman of Occidental Arts and Ecology Center are developing a farm cooperative in City of Joy, the world-renowned haven for women rape survivors in the Congo.

Gender, Sexual Health and Culture Change
How might new and ancient understandings about gender from diverse cultural and generational perspectives inform our cultural reinvention? How is sexual health key to the vitality and resilience of our societies and all people? Hosted by Lana Holmes, co-founder, Timeless Earth Wisdom, Inc. With: Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Dine (Navajo) artist/activist; Jhos Singer, a transgender Maggid (Jewish preacher) serving Jewish community centers in San Francisco and Half Moon Bay; Erin Konsmo, Media Arts Justice and Projects Coordinator, Native Youth Sexual Health Network; and Sonj Basha, an Oakland-based activist working to ensure the inclusion of gender non-conforming and transgender identities in institutions of higher education.

Regeneration: Women of Color Healing through Nature, Art, Ritual, and Community
Very diverse women of color and indigenous women in Bay Area urban communities are drawing from their connection to Earth in highly creative ways to move toward personal and community healing and empowerment. Hosted by J. Phoenix Smith, Director, Back to Earth Outdoors, Orisha priestess. With: Catherine Herrera, Ohlone artist, filmmaker; Mira Manickam, environmental educator, multimedia artist, author; Brandi Mack, youth worker, gardener.

Labeling GMOs: Lessons Learned and Next Steps
GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington State lost narrowly because a powerful alliance of Big Ag and Big Food spent millions to confuse the public. Find out how you can join the national campaign for your “Right to Know.” Hosted by Arty Mangan, Bioneers Food and Farming Director. With: John Roulac, founder/CEO, Nutiva; Stacy Malkan, a leader of the California and Washington GMO labeling campaigns; Gopal Dayaneni, Movement Generation Planning Committee Member.

HerbWalks
With herbalists Kami McBride and Autumn Summers (Interactive, experiential)

 

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