Friday, October 18th
We are living through the most dangerous challenge to free government in the U.S. anyone of us alive has encountered. Like a house with crumbling foundations, American democracy is suffering from decades of deferred maintenance. The challenge of repairing and updating our institutions would be difficult enough, but we obviously do not live in “normal times.” The pace of change is faster, threats bigger, risks global, and the time to forestall the worst is very short. David Orr, one of the nation’s most lucid and influential thought leaders, draws from his forthcoming book, Democracy Unchained: Politics as if All People Matter, to consider what we must do to return to the better angels of our collective nature and turn the ship around. What happens next is up to us.
October 18th | 9:40 am to 10:00 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Come participate in an engaging discussion with young climate leaders who will be discussing their various theories of change, organizing practices and personal stories of how they got catalyzed to act! Facilitated by youth from Bay Area Sunrise.
October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Youth Unity Center
The Green New Deal is an idea whose time has finally come. But what will it really take to build the enduring structures, institutions and global cooperation that actually reconcile the core contradictions between markets and the public good, between dignified work and robots, between the laws of nature and principles of social and justice and economic democracy? A radical free-range jam among thought leaders and doers. Hosted by Greg Watson, Shumacher Institute for New Economics. With: Paul Hawken, Project Drawdown; Vien Truong, former ED of Green For All; David Orr, State of American Democracy Project.
October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
The greatest opportunity for a future in which human health and ecosystems flourish may rest on our plates. We will need to nourish 9 billion people by 2050: what humans eat and how it’s produced will be one key determinant of the future of life on Earth. The food systems currently in place are totally unsustainable (as recent fires in the Amazon so clearly highlight), but this grand challenge is also one of the greatest opportunities in human history to take an evolutionary leap in reshaping our relationship to food. Researcher, entrepreneur, and activist Christiana Musk, founder of Flourish.ink, a platform for catalyzing conversations on the future of food, and former Executive Director of Food Choice Taskforce, will draw from the wisdom of the audience and her own insights to explore with us how we can transcend the battleground of competing food worldviews to accelerate solutions for a flourishing future.
October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Women's Tent
Saturday, October 19th
Introduction by Lisa Hoyos, Director of Climate Parents at the Sierra Club
For years, “environmentalists” have been typecast as white, tree-hugging vegetarians who care more for whales than southside Chicago or rural Mississippi. But the fact is that not only are poor and vulnerable populations, especially communities of color, environmentally aware, they are the most at risk from the impacts of climate change. Heather McTeer Toney will address how we must embrace climate action as the social justice issue of our time, and tear down old stereotypes so that we can build sustainable and resilient alliances to fight effectively together and affirm our common humanity. Heather is currently National Field Director of Mom’s Clean Air Force. Previously she served as the first African American, first female, and youngest-ever mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, and as a prominent leader in the Obama-era EPA.
October 19th | 9:20 am to 9:45 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder.
What lessons can we draw from three decades of struggles to address the existential threat of climate disruption? What do our failures reveal about the flaws of our political system and the economic nihilism of the fossil fuel industry? What strategies are most likely to lead to greater success to save our species from itself? Bill McKibben is perhaps our nation’s most influential environmental activist as well as one of our most brilliant thinkers and authors. The co-founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, Bill wrote The End of Nature (1989), the first general audience book that warned the country about climate change.
October 19th | 9:45 am to 10:15 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
A First Generation Immigrant’s Perspective on Youth Climate Justice
A first generation Pakistani immigrant, Mishka Banuri moved to Utah when she was 12 years old and fell in love with that state’s wondrous mountains, aspen trees and red rocks, but she saw many of those sacred lands despoiled by the greed of extractive industries. This awakened her to the global systems of resource exploitation ravaging ecosystems and poor communities around the world and has made her an extraordinarily passionate and effective youth climate justice activist in Utah.
October 19th | 11:40 am to 11:55 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and founder
The visionary goal of Project Drawdown, founded by Paul Hawken, is to actually reverse global warming by drawing carbon out of the atmosphere back down to pre-industrial levels. All the practices and technologies documented in Paul’s best-selling Drawdown book are already commonly available, economically viable, and scientifically valid. The true power of Drawdown is its holistic nature. Doing what’s right for the climate means doing the right thing across the board and will also create abundant, meaningful jobs and a vibrant green economy. For over 30 years, Paul has been at the forefront of transformative solutions for people and planet, including his highly influential books The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism and Blessed Unrest.
October 19th | 11:45 am to 12:20 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
The climate justice movement is changing the conversation with many creative new strategies, including Fridays for the Future, the Green New Deal, and constant pressure for our institutions and municipalities to divest from fossil fuels. In July 2019, faculty across the UC system voted in favor of divesting from 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies. While waiting for the UC Regents’ decision, activists of all ages continue to mobilize for divestment and climate justice. With: Bill McKibben, Right Livelihood Award laureate and co-founder of 350.org; Clair Brown, UC Berkeley Professor of Economics; Laurel Levin, student organizer with #FossilFreeUC; Kristy Drutman, host of Brown Girl Green. Hosted by: Chris Benner, Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz; David Shaw, Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | World Cafe
As the massive impacts of climate-change bear down on us, we need to develop and rapidly deploy a wide range of strategies to make our coastal, rural and urban communities as physically, economically, ecologically and psychologically resilient as possible. Leading practitioners explore a diverse array of approaches to building resilience. With: Brett KenCairn, Senior Climate and Sustainability Coordinator, City of Boulder, CO; Eriel Deranger (Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation), Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action; Felicia Marcus, JD, former Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. Moderated by Mark Prain, Executive Director, Edmund Hillary Institute of New Zealand.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Manzanita Room
Paul Hawken and guests will lead a collaborative workshop in which we will explore the dynamics of reversing global warming as laid out by the groundbreaking initiative Paul founded, Project Drawdown. We will also discuss the social pathways for implementing these solutions and the math behind the plan. Participants are free to bring their own plans, ideas and experience.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
The world faces a confluence of crises—climate disruption, resource depletion, loss of biodiversity, food insecurity, seed industry consolidation, dying oceans. Fixing the global food system would make one of the most significant contributions to mitigating many of those calamities. A truly stellar, eclectic group of food systems thought leaders/activists/innovators will share creative responses to transforming the food system so that it genuinely serves people and the planet. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program. With: Gary Nabhan, author, researcher, professor, farmer, genius, one of our era’s greatest agricultural ecologists and ethnobotanists; Karen Washington, co-owner of NYC’s Rise and Root Farm, one of the nation’s legendary pioneers of urban farming; Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Director of Greenhorns, founding Board President of the Agrarian Trust, one of the nation’s leading advocates and activists for young farmers; Naomi Starkman, founder and the editor-in-chief of Civil Eats.
October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Sausalito Room
Biodiversity continues to plummet and species extinctions are accelerating, but we know that nature can be astonishingly resilient, given the opportunity. We just have to protect ecosystems enough for them to be able to regenerate. Fortunately, there are a number of impressive efforts afoot across the globe to conserve and protect vast swaths of the planet, connecting and restoring landscapes at large scales. Some frontline activists working in this field share their insights and strategies. With: Carly Vynne, Ph.D, Strategic Partner at RESOLVE, advisor to the Global Deal for Nature; Rod Fujita, PhD, Director of Research and Development, Oceans Program, Environmental Defense Fund. Hosted by Atossa Soltani, founder and Board President of Amazon Watch.
October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Manzanita Room
Nothing less than a fundamental transformation of our civilization and our worldviews will truly address the climate cataclysm: the reinvention of everything. This spontaneous free-range jam will spin the dial to surface the diverse forces that can unite humanity to change the story and world. Hosted by Greg Watson, Schumacher Center for a New Economy. With: Bill McKibben, 350.org; john a. powell, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society; Kim Stanley Robinson, one of the world’s leading visionary science fiction authors; Osprey Orielle Lake, founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network.
October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
Sunday, October 20th
Introduction by David Cobb, Cooperation Humboldt
Given the existential threats of climate change, economic inequality and ever escalating political instability, we need concrete, integrated solutions to our shared problems. An inspiring model of what such an integrated approach could look like is Jackson, Mississippi’s Cooperation Jackson, an emerging network of worker cooperatives and solidarity economy institutions working to institute a Just Transition Plan to develop a regenerative economy and participatory democracy in that city. brandon king, Founding Member of Cooperation Jackson, shares his experiences helping conceive and build these extraordinarily promising strategies and social structures that reveal that we can put our shoulders to the wheel and build a truly just and sustainable future.
October 20th | 9:50 am to 10:15 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
With Isha Clarke. To build a successful global climate movement, we must prioritize the voices of those most impacted by environmental injustice. We must recognize that our current climate crisis is rooted in racism, white supremacy, and greed. We must also resist efforts to tokenize the term “intersectionality” rather than actually implementing it in our movements and daily lives. What would a movement and a society functioning on a genuine understanding of intersectionality look like?
October 20th | 11:20 am to 11:30 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)
The Amazon rainforest and its peoples are facing the worst attacks in decades under Brazil’s new far-right government, which is promoting massive deforestation for mining and agribusiness. Indigenous movements in Brazil are resisting, calling for international solidarity to defend their rights and territories. Join us in a lunchtime presentation and call to action to protect rainforests, rights and the climate. With: Leila Salazar-López (Chicana) Executive Director of Amazon Watch; Atossa Soltani, Global Strategist with the Sacred Headwaters Initiative; Maria Xiomára Dorsey (Colombia), Brasil Solidarity Network and Idle No More SF; Brus Rubio (Muruy/Huitoto, Bora) Indigenous painter from the Peruvian Amazon.
October 20th | 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm | Indigenous Forum
The global transition to clean energy has to occur—the only questions are whether we can get there in time to avoid the most catastrophic scenarios and how equitable the new economy will be. It’s essential that those at risk of being left behind can be brought along so they too can prosper in a new clean and green economy. Some key players in this field lay out a practical vision for how the right job training and workforce development programs can achieve that goal. Hosted by: Vien Truong, one of the country’s leading experts on building an equitable green economy. With: Sarah White, Deputy Director of Equity, Climate and Jobs at the California Workforce Development Board; Larry Williams Jr., Labor and Coal Coordinator for the Sierra Club Labor Program; Demond Drummer, Executive Director of New Consensus.
October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Sausalito Room
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