Saturday, December 5th
The vast biodiversity of our planet is the underlying fabric supporting all life on Earth, but the prognosis is grim: biodiversity rates are continuing to plummet as extinctions of species accelerate. Fortunately, the evidence suggests that there are in fact viable pathways for successful action at a global scale, but only if we mobilize and act decisively and rapidly. In this session, we will learn how we can protect and restore 50% of global landscapes while staying below 1.5°C temperature rise in the next few decades. Projects such as the newly launched Global Safety Net provide a roadmap: a bioregional approach combining world-class science, a clear focus on Indigenous rights and stewardship, support for grassroots action, and a vision for transformative philanthropy. Hosted by Justin Winters, Co-Founder and Executive Director of One Earth, with: Carly Vynne Baker, Strategic Partner at RESOLVE; Oscar Soria, Campaign Director at AVAAZ; and additional panelist, TBD.
December 5th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Saturday, December 12th
In a world on fire with multiple, epochal crises, how do we nurture hope, build power and contribute meaningfully? How do we catalyze and sustain the personal and collective transformations this immense planetary challenge calls for? Though the problems seem larger than life, our greatest power may in fact lie in our closest communities, in small daily acts of courage and conviction, in small groups of unstoppable world-changers, and small gardens that revitalize communities and reconnect us to nature’s operating instructions.
December 12th | 11:19 am to 11:34 am
Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist, policy expert, and Brooklyn, NY-based community-building activist, is one of the nation’s most innovative thought leaders in ocean and coastal conservation. She is founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, a consultancy dedicated to conservation solutions grounded in social justice; of Urban Ocean Lab, a think-tank for the future of coastal cities; and recent co-creator of the Blue New Deal, a roadmap for including the ocean in climate policy. She is also a passionate advocate for women’s leadership and is the co-editor of a groundbreaking new anthology of wisdom from a range of women climate leaders: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.
December 12th | 11:35 am to 11:50 am
Sunday, December 13th
Despite decades of conservation initiatives and millions of dollars spent, the Amazon forest is, tragically, being destroyed faster than before. Not only are some of the governments in the region actively promoting deforestation, but the twin factors of climate change and Covid-19 are combining to destroy Indigenous cultures at an ever-quickening pace. Renowned ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin is President of the Amazon Conservation Team, an organization that has partnered with over 55 South American tribes to help map and defend their lands and improve management of over 80 million acres of ancestral rainforest. He will share the latest news on the status of the fires and the battle against Covid-19 in Amazonia, as well as present new strategies and approaches to halting the processes threatening these crucially important ecosystems and the well-being and cultural survival of their inhabitants.
December 13th | 11:48 am to 12:03 pm
Come join the conversation about groundbreaking new developments in the effort to recognize the legal rights of nature, including in Indigenous communities now drafting and adopting such laws. We will discuss why communities and countries around the globe are considering this bold step and why treating nature as a living entity with legal rights can revolutionize life on Earth in a system in which courts can be used to enforce rights of rivers, mountains, and forests. Come listen to stories from communities on the front lines, as they mobilize to build a new environmental law system that actually protects the planet. With: Mari Margil and Thomas Linzey of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights; others TBA.
December 13th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
Although humanity is radically and rapidly degrading the biosphere, condemning countless plant and animal species to extinction, simultaneously there has been an enormous renewal of interest in certain plants as physical and psycho-spiritual healing agents, such as ayahuasca and cannabis, along with a great deal of remarkable new research into plants’ perceptual and cognitive abilities. This panel of botanical luminaries will share their perspectives on: the growing global fascination with certain plant species and what their embrace tells us about the current zeitgeist; what we can do to help support the land protection and human rights struggles of Indigenous peoples in biodiversity hot spots globally who are the custodians of the world’s greatest plant knowledge; and related topics. With host Mark Plotkin, renowned ethnobotanist, and award winning eco-activist, co-founder of the Amazon Conservation Team and bestselling author of such texts as: Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice and Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature’s Healing Secrets; Karyemaitre Aliffe, MD, physician-scientist, leading expert on the healing properties of cannabis, who has taught at Harvard and Stanford and has 35+ years’ experience in natural products research, including explorations in many remote regions globally; +TBA.
December 13th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
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