A World of Solutions

Short film by acclaimed film artist Louie Schwartzberg.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Tim Merry

Tim Merry, the Slam Poet Harvester weaves the morning’s highlights into bardic verse.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Jeffrey Bronfman | The Botanical Dimension of Our Human Evolutionary Next Steps

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

The use of plants as food, medicine and construction material for human habitat is apparent to all, but the essential role certain plants play in human spiritual evolution is not well understood. Jeffrey Bronfman, an environmentalist, educator and founding member of Bioneers, has encountered the use of plants within numerous spiritual, ceremonial and religious contexts throughout the Western Hemisphere. He explores the vital role certain plants have in the development of human awareness at this critical moment in the state of the biosphere and our evolution as human beings.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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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”?

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Destiny Arts Youth Preformance Company

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Chloe Maxmin | Youth Leadership Lessons from the Grassroots Climate Movement

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

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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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 illustrates how we can create a new generation of biomimetic and green molecular building blocks to help us reach the “world we want.” A founder of Green Chemistry, he has published over 200 patents, papers and books. He’s founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and co-founder of Beyond Benign, a nonprofit for sustainability and green chemistry education.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Climbing Poetree: Alixa Garcia & Naima Penniman

Climbing Poetree, the award-winning, boundary-breaking spoken word duo rocks the house.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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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. It's 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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Naomi Klein | This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel

Naomi Klein, 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.

Location: Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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