Friday, October 18th
How do we tune in to the Earth for guidance on how to partner with nature to live sustainably on our beloved planet? Come explore the medicine under our feet as we practice some simple, everyday ways of tuning in and listening to what the Earth has to teach us.
October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Meet at the Bioneers Info Booth Near the Central Lawn
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 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)
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)
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)
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
Sunday, October 20th
Introduction by Eriel Deranger, Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action
Unprecedented fires, deliberately set to expand industrial agriculture and other extractive development, are burning across the Amazon, a dangerous escalation of the global climate emergency. Scientists warn that the Amazon is reaching “the tipping point” of ecological collapse, but Indigenous movements across the region are resisting and calling for international solidarity to help them defend their rights and territories. For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples have protected their sacred ancestral territories. Leila Salazar Lopez, Executive Director of Amazon Watch, urges us to stand with them to protect and restore the bio-cultural intregrity of the Amazon, because our collective future depends on it.
October 20th | 9:25 am to 9:50 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
We are facing ever more dire threats to the diversity of life in the biosphere. We are in the midst of the 6th great extinction of life forms in Earth’s history (the only one caused by human beings). Young people in such movements as Extinction Rebellion are rising up to demand action, and some of the most courageous engaged scientists of our era, many of them women, are working on the frontlines to analyze and explain what is happening on the ground and what needs to be done to reverse our species’ catastrophic trajectory. With: Anne Laudisoit, PH.D, eco-epidemiologist and wildlife biologist, with extensive experience in Africa, Senior Scientist with the EcoHealth Alliance; Madhavi Colton, Program Director of the Coral Reef Alliance; Carly Vynne, Ph.D, Strategic Partner at RESOLVE, advisor to the Global Deal for Nature.
October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Sausalito Room
Women all over the U.S. are taking action, shaping policy agendas, raising their voices in solidarity, and amplifying one resonant message: Grassroots women’s leadership can help reshape and restore balance in our communities. The Women’s Earth Alliance Environmental Leadership Accelerator Design Team will guide us on an experiential leadership journey, sharing inspiring practices from a wide range of diverse perspectives to help us hone and refine our own visions for engaged activism. Facilitators: Corrina Gould, Pandora Thomas, Niria Alicia, Kendall Dunnigan, Amira Diamond, Melinda Kramer, Sarita Pockell, Arielle Moinester.
October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Interactive & Experiential Tent
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