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ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM

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NAOMI KLEIN
This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate
Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

The award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an "issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.

CLAYTON THOMAS-MULLER
The Rise of the Canadian Native Rights-Based Movement to Protect Our Commons
Introduction by Nina Simons

Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer for Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, and a Co-Director of Polaris Institute’s Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, portrays Canada's rising Native-led rights-based movement, supported by labor, civil society, students and grassroots groups. This powerful movement is challenging the neo-liberal free market agenda that has turned Canada into a petro-state. It may be our last best effort to save our lands and the health of our people from the extractive industries and the banks that finance them.

PATRICIA GUALINGA
MESSAGE FROM THE AMAZON
The courageous Kichwa leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the front lines of protecting the lungs of the planet where women’s leadership is rising.

TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS
A Love That Is Wild:
Why Wilderness Matters in the 21st Century
Introduction by Nina Simons

What might a different kind of power look and feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably, even beyond our own species? Conservationist, activist, and one of the nation’s most beloved and acclaimed authors, Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer" who speaks eloquently for an ethical stance toward life, showing how environmental issues are social issues that become matters of justice. A scholar at the University of Utah and Dartmouth, she has been equally at home camping in the wilderness and being arrested for civil disobedience.

WALLACE “J.” NICHOLS
I Wish You Water
Introduction by Joshua Fouts, Executive Director, Bioneers

The cognitive and emotional benefits of healthy oceans and waterways have been celebrated through art, song, romance and poetry throughout human history. Marine biologist, activist, community organizer, and author Wallace J. Nichols will dive deeper and explore our blue minds through the dual lenses of evolutionary biology and cognitive science, reminding us that we are water.

XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ—Youth Leadership
Our Generation Was Born To Change The World
Fourteen-year-old indigenous environmental activist and rapper Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Youth Director of Earth Guardians, has organized rallies, actions, demonstrations and events, and spoken globally. His generation is rising up to defend our future.

CHLOE MAXMIN- Youth Leadership
Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement

An activist since age 12, Chloe co-founded Divest Harvard to pressure her college to disinvest from fossil fuel holdings, gaining international recognition for her effective activism.

ARIELLE KLAGSBRUN—Youth Leadership
Why People Need to Get Arrested: The Climate Crisis Requires Bold Action
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A leader of the “Take Back Saint Louis” campaign to remove tax incentives to corporations profiting from climate change explores how to defeat the fossil fuel extraction industry.

PANELS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS

Movement Building I:  Convergence
Can the global convergence of disparate movements gain the traction necessary to overcome the concentration of wealth and power driving the destruction of civilization and nature? How? Hosted by Carleen Pickard, Executive Director, Global Exchange. With: Naomi Klein, author, filmmaker, activist; Clayton Thomas-Müller, indigenous rights leader and movement builder; Joel Solomon, President, Renewal Partners and Chairman, Renewal Funds, founding member of Social Venture Network and Tides Foundation of Canada.

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters
A movement of rural communities in El Salvador called La Coordinadora has led the way in community-based disaster preparedness, building a grassroots democracy movement, and influencing national policy. It’s featured in the new film and book The Message by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. Hosted by Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director/President, New Energy Economy. With: Estela Hernández, El Salvadoran Congresswoman; Karolo Aparicio, Executive Director, EcoViva, La Coordinadora’s U.S. sister organization; Avi Lewis, filmmaker, director of This Changes Everything.

Your Brain On Water
Hosted by marine biologist Wallace "J." Nichols, research associate, California Academy of Sciences; co-founder, OceanRevolution.org; author of Blue Mind. New ways of understanding our relationship with the world's oceans and the ability of healthy waters to provide health, happiness and creativity will be considered by a panel of athletes, scientists, artists, and adventurers. With: Kevin Weiner, Post-doctoral fellow, Stanford University and Director of public communication, Institute for Applied Neuroscience; Nik Sawe, Doctoral Candidate, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University; and Andi Wong, Teaching Artist, Rooftop Alternative K-8 School.

Fossil Fuel Divestment
Students across the U.S. are mobilizing against climate disruption, demanding their institutions divest from fossil fuels and invest in sustainability. Learn resources, strategies and opportunities for young activists to engage with the fossil fuel divestment campaign. With: Chloe Maxmin and Arielle Klagsbrun, Brower Youth Award-winning leading climate activists.

Resilient Landscapes, Climate-Smart Conservation: The Art and Science of Restoring the World We Want
Learn how insights from avian, aquatic and terrestrial science can help us recreate resilient land and seascapes. Hosted by Mary Ellen Hannibal, award-winning author of The Spine of the Continent: The Race to Save America’s Last, Best Wilderness. With: Ellie Cohen, President/CEO, Point Blue Conservation Science, focused on nature-based, climate-smart conservation solutions; Robin Grossinger, historical ecologist who directs the “Resilient Landscapes” project at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, guiding adaptive landscape-level restoration strategies in California.

Public Power To Counteract Climate Challenges and Corporate Control
Bold strategies by publicly owned utilities in communities such as Austin, Santa Fe and Marin County are challenging private energy monopolies and transitioning off fossil-fuel dependence. Hosted by Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director/President, New Energy Economy. With: Karl Rábago, former VP of Distributed Energy Services for the City of Austin’s community-owned electric utility; Dawn Weisz, Executive Officer, Marin Clean Energy, which launched California’s first Community Choice Aggregation program.

Citizen Science: DIY Knowledge To and From the People
Activists, scientists and grassroots groups are leveraging new technology and collaborative networks to accurately monitor the quality of the environment, expose governmental and corporate abuses, and enable large-scale ecological research to understand the web of life in the age of climate disruption. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Bioneers Director of Strategic Network Initiatives. With: Severine v T Fleming, Farm Hack; Shannon Dosemagen, founder/President, New Orleans-based Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science; Brian Haggerty, co-designer, USA National Phenology Network, a multisectoral climate change research program using citizen scientists to monitor seasonal behavior of U.S. flora and fauna.

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.

People’s Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature’s Rights
What if ecosystems could sue for violating the rights of nature in places like Alberta's tar sands or Fukushima? What if communities could write new laws that place their rights and local ecosystems above corporate interests? Come find out about the first international Rights of Nature Tribunal and local California Community Bills of Rights, and how you can participate. Hosted by Shannon Biggs, Community Rights director, Global Exchange. With: Vandana Shiva, founder/Director, Navdanya; Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More/Gathering Tribes; Robin Milam, Administrative Director, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network; Prajna Marcus, Bay Area Rights of Nature; Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Center. 

SOCIAL JUSTICE: RACE, CLASS, HUMAN RIGHTS, FAIRNESS

KEYNOTES

John A. Powell
Beloved Community: Interbeing, Race, Class and Person ‘Hood
Introduction by Connie Cagampang Heller, Linked Fate Fund for Justice

As humanity faces global environmental and social collapse, our fear of the “Other” can be magnified by unstable contracting economies, radically shifting demographics, and new social norms. Can humanity overcome these divisions and come together to protect our common home? john a. powell, a nationally respected voice on race and ethnicity, leads UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion, serves on the UC Berkeley School of Law faculty, and is author of Racing to Justice.

MANUEL PASTOR
Transactions, Transformations, Translations: Movement-Building for the Next America
Introduction by Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor of Environmental Health, UC Berkeley

Facing rapidly changing demographics, growing inequality and increased political polarization in the U.S., movement builders are grappling with creating new cross-generational ties and a new understanding of the relationship between equity and economic growth. How do we build movements based on vision and values, not interests and transactions? Manuel Pastor is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at USC, and founding Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at UC, Santa Cruz. He directs the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

CECIL WILLIAMS & JANICE MIRIKITANI
Who Will Take Care of My People?
Introduction by Owsley Brown, Chair, Festival of Faiths
For 45 years, Reverend Cecil Williams, founder and Minister of Liberation of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, and its founding President Janice Mirikitani have created 87 groundbreaking programs to provide human services to some of the Bay Area's most disenfranchised communities. These renowned faith-based pathfinders share their visions and strategies to address the pollution, economic injustice, neglect and apathy that confront poor communities.

PANELS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe
How do we move from disconnected, fearful individuals to connected, collective agents of change? What are the relationships among concentrated corporate power, lack of government oversight, and fractured social movements? How can each of us step up to build justice and cool the globe? Hosted by Connie Cagampang Heller, co-founder, Linked Fate Fund for Justice. With: John A. Powell, Director, UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Lindsey Allen, Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network; Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Christina Livingston, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

Spirituality and Faith Communities: Engaging for Resilience and Action
Many communities of spirituality and faith have adopted formal resolutions proclaiming protecting the Earth and promoting environmental justice as cornerstone moral responsibilities. How can faith congregations build vibrant networks and partnerships to build resilience locally and regionally? Moderated by Shilpa Jain, Executive Director, YES!  Connecting, Inspiring & Collaborating with change makers. With: Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President, The Regeneration Project, Interfaith Power and Light; Owsley Brown, Chairman, Festival of Faiths; Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith; Krithika Harish, Associate Director of Global Programs and Network Development, United Religions Initiative.

Restorative Justice, Healing Justice
A new form of justice seeks to heal and cares more about broken lives than broken laws. It’s capable of pushing back the "New Jim Crow" of mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline. Hosted by J. Miakoda Taylor, founder, Fierce Allies. With: Fania Davis, founder/Executive Director, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth; Ericka Huggins, professor of Sociology and African-American Studies at Laney and Merritt Colleges.

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters
A movement of rural communities in El Salvador called La Coordinadora has led the way in community-based disaster preparedness, building a grassroots democracy movement, and influencing national policy. It’s featured in the new film and book The Message by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. Hosted by Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director/President, New Energy Economy. With: Estela Hernández, El Salvadoran Congresswoman; Karolo Aparicio, Executive Director, EcoViva, La Coordinadora’s U.S. sister organization; Avi Lewis, filmmaker, director of This Changes Everything.

GENDER

KEYNOTES

EVE ENSLER
Eve's Revolution
Introduction by Nina Simons
Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, activist, award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, illuminates her most recent campaign, One Billion Rising for Justice. It’s a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community in public places worldwide to end violence against women, break the silence and release their stories through art, dance, marches, ritual, song and words.

PANELS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS

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.

Woman and Nature: The Shadow and The Promise
Explore with a multicultural circle of women the upsides and downsides of the deep, ancient association of women and “the feminine” with nature, and how a re-integration of the feminine principle into our culture may best serve us today. Hosted by Starhawk, renowned author, educator, activist, Permaculturist. With: Rachel Bagby, singer, author, farmer, facilitator; Pat McCabe (Woman Stands Shining), Diné (Navajo) artist/activist; Sasha Houston Brown (Dakota/Santee Sioux Tribe, Nebraska), Director of Education at Little Earth of United Tribes; Brandi Mack, who uses permaculture and holistic health approaches in her work with African American girls suffering from trauma; Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder/Executive Director, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network.

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.

Indigenous Forum. Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection I: The South
(Double session) This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.

Indigenous Forum.  Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection II: The North
Hosted by Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota) of the Indigenous Environmental Network. With indigenous women from the North: Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) of Idle No More, on current threats from Pipelines from the Canadian Tar Sands; Faith Gemmill (Gwich'in), of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands), on the history of oil and gas development in Alaska and expansion plans for offshore drilling; and witnesses Clayton Thomas-Müller (Mathais Colomb Cree Nation) and Eriel Deranger (Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nation) with Idle No More.

RESILIENT COMMUNITIES

KEYNOTES

KRISTEN SHEERAN
Scaling Solutions for Social Change
Introduction by Alisa Gravitz, Green America
In this age of unprecedented global challenges—and innovations—the world can’t wait for solutions to emerge piecemeal over time. We need to get better, faster and more innovative in scaling up existing solutions. Economist Kristen Sheeran illuminates groundbreaking collaborative efforts to create new approaches to social innovation, harnessing cutting-edge digital technologies for the rapid sharing, processing and managing of knowledge. She’s VP of Knowledge Systems at Ecotrust, the Pacific Northwest's groundbreaking think tank and green economy incubator.

PANELS, WORKSHOPS AND OTHER EVENTS

Eco-Regional Design: Place Is the Space
How do we align political governance with ecological realities rooted in watersheds, foodsheds, culturesheds and regional economies? Hosted by: Kirsten Schwind, Bay Localize. With: Kristen Sheeran, Ecotrust, co-founder/Director, Economics for Equity and Environment Network; David Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College; Louise Bedsworth, Deputy Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research; Greg Watson, Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture.

Eco-Governance
What does governance look like when it aligns with the ground truths of nature? How does culture change? What models exist? Hosted by Kirsten Schwind, co-founder/Director of Bay Localize. With: Jessie Lerner, Executive Director, Sustain Dane in Madison, Wisconsin, a state with eco-municipalities based on Sweden’s model; Trathen Heckman, Board President, Transition U.S., founder of Daily Acts.

A New Vision for Marin County: Our Successes, Challenges and Opportunities
Co-sponsored by MarinLink, the Environmental Forum of Marin, and the
County of Marin.  Fifty years ago, Marin County residents led the nation in creating a bold
vision, resulting in 80% of the land being protected. Today we¹re ready for
the next new vision to meet the challenges of a radically changed world. Join leading Marin visionary change-makers for a dynamic discussion of
Marin's extraordinary, cutting-edge accomplishments in environmental and
agricultural sustainability, and how to meet current challenges and exciting
future opportunities. For the first time Bioneers joins with with Marin County leadership to present a panel discussion moderated by Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey. Panelists include Congressman Jared Huffman; Dana King, American Broadcast Journalist and Candidate for Oakland City Council; Jamison Watts, Executive Director, MALT; and Nona Dennis, Founder of the Marin Environmental Forum.

Movement Building I:  Convergence
Can the global convergence of disparate movements gain the traction necessary to overcome the concentration of wealth and power driving the destruction of civilization and nature? How? Hosted by Carleen Pickard, Executive Director, Global Exchange. With: Naomi Klein, author, filmmaker, activist; Clayton Thomas-Müller, indigenous rights leader and movement builder; Joel Solomon, President, Renewal Partners and Chairman, Renewal Funds, founding member of Social Venture Network and Tides Foundation of Canada.

Movement Building II—All Together Now: Stand Up, Build Justice, Cool the Globe
How do we move from disconnected, fearful individuals to connected, collective agents of change? What are the relationships among concentrated corporate power, lack of government oversight, and fractured social movements? How can each of us step up to build justice and cool the globe? Hosted by Connie Cagampang Heller, co-founder, Linked Fate Fund for Justice. With: John A. Powell, Director, UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Lindsey Allen, Acting Executive Director, Rainforest Action Network; Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity; Christina Livingston, Executive Director, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

Building Power from the Rubble: How Frontline Communities in El Salvador Are Creating Resilience to Climate Disasters
A movement of rural communities in El Salvador called La Coordinadora has led the way in community-based disaster preparedness, building a grassroots democracy movement, and influencing national policy. It’s featured in the new film and book The Message by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis. Hosted by Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director/President, New Energy Economy. With: Estela Hernández, El Salvadoran Congresswoman; Karolo Aparicio, Executive Director, EcoViva, La Coordinadora’s U.S. sister organization; Avi Lewis, filmmaker, director of This Changes Everything.

Council. Cultivating 21st Century Earth Stewardship in a Power-Imbalanced World: Global Citizens, First Peoples & Spaceship Earth
We are pushing Earth’s life support systems to the edge, enacting of a paradigm of “ infinite growth” and taking. Common sense and indigenous wisdom traditions affirm that a life lived with balance leads to a more harmonious coexistence. Coupled with a need for reconciliation across gender, race and other social divides, 21st Century Earth and community stewardship require partnerships beyond boundaries. Join with fellow Bioneers to engage an ethos for stewardship fit for the 21st Century. Rooted in the wisdom traditions and best practices of First Peoples, and the planetary perspective of Global Citizens, we will explore models and practices of living reciprocity as if our lives depended on it—because they do. With Ilarion Merculieff, Aleut traditional messenger and Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. (Interactive, experiential)

Map Your Future
How is your community vulnerable to climate disruption? Learn how to assess local vulnerabilities and assets and develop a career building community resilience. Learn how to use a Community Climate Assessment Tool, work with planners, and take concrete steps to build resilience in your community. Led by Bay Localize: Colin Miller, Program Manager; Corrine L. Van Hook, Communications/Outreach Manager.

Wiser Together Café: Creating Tomorrow Together, Gathering Collective Wisdom to Turn Vision into Action
The Café provides hospitable space for group dialogues, integration of and reflection on what emerges at the conference, and building personal and professional partnerships. With: David Shaw, Common Ground Center, UCSC; Dana Pearlman, The Lotus, Global Leadership Lab.

 

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