Theme: Local Action
Thursday, April 6th
4:45 pm: A Historic Opportunity for Urban Forestry: Climate Action as Regenerative Community Development
The rapid increase of extreme heat events in cities is one of the stark indicators of global warming, and the effects of these events vividly expose the grotesque injustice caused by dramatic differences in neighborhood environments. In most major cities, historically “redlined” low-income communities and communities of color typically have less than half the amount of urban forest cover that wealthier communities possess. Lack of urban canopy contributes to an array of inequities including radically disparate outcomes in public health, economic opportunity, education and life expectancy. Today a coalition of NGOs, cities, scientists and community-centered initiatives has converged to create a moment of historic change, leading to massive public investment in urban forestry at 10X the scale ever before seen. Designed as equity-centered community development focusing on jobs and local enterprise creation, this new vision of urban forests will build climatic AND community resilience. Hear from four leaders in this dynamic emergent field: Julia Hillengas, co-founder and Executive Director of Philadelphia’s PowerCorpsPHL; Samira Malone, 27, first-ever Director of the Cleveland Tree Coalition; Amos White, founder and Chief Planting Officer of 100K Trees for Humanity; and moderator Brett KenCairn, Boulder, CO’s Senior Climate and Sustainability Coordinator.
April 6th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Campanile Room, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4:45 pm: Democratizing our Economy and Building the “Next System”
Presented in collaboration with the Democracy Collaborative
Imagine a world in which workers in construction, nursing and home care, farming, social work, teaching, etc., and all the rest of us—we, the people—are the ones who make the key decisions about how to allocate resources in our communities, not wealthy CEOs, massive corporations, or corrupt politicians. This session will delve into what a truly democratic, decentralized/localized economy would look like and closely examine examples of such initiatives already operating around the world that point to a “next system” radically different in fundamental ways from the failed systems of the past and present and capable of delivering superior social, economic and ecological outcomes. With: Laura Flanders, host/Executive Producer of The Laura Flanders Show, author of Blue Grit: Making Impossible, Improbable, Inspirational Political Change in America; Hilary Abell, Co-founder and Chief Policy & Impact Officer at Project Equity; Akaya Windwood, Lead Advisor at Third Act.
April 6th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Magnes Museum
Food can be grown and gleaned in some very unexpected places: People are harvesting wild foods in urban and rural locales, transforming commercial building rooftops into living ecosystems, and making the desert bloom with regenerative and traditional Indigenous practices. Come learn about cutting-edge diverse, innovative, local and rejuvenating food security strategies. With: urban farmer Benjamin Fahrer; Navajo (Diné) farmer James Skeet; Mia Andler, founder and Executive Director of Vilda. Moderated by Arty Mangan, Bioneers’ Director of Restorative Food Systems.
April 6th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Friday, April 7th
This panel of community leaders from Aotearoa/New Zealand will share their on-the-ground insights, from initiatives that demonstrate paradigm shifts for “rights of nature” legal protections for land and people, cultural capability and education, and convening multi-stakeholder land stewardship. Underpinning all these stories, the unique natural, cultural and legal history of Aotearoa and the Māori worldview reminds us of the value of humility, courage and connection. With: Jan Hania, Principal of Strategy Development, Biome Trust; Lara Hania, educator, storyteller; Erin Matariki Carr, Project Lead, RIVER. Moderated by Chelsea Robinson, Open Lunar Foundation.
April 7th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Golden Bear Room, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4:45 pm: Practicing Regenerative Finance: How Community Loan Funds, Shared Governance and Reinvestment Support Local Solutions to the Climate Crisis
Presented in collaboration with the Climate Justice Alliance
Community loan funds are creating new possibilities for funding local solutions to the climate crisis, while also addressing a long history of institutional disinvestment in traditionally disenfranchised communities. Four grassroots organizers on the frontlines will speak to the ways that reinvestment campaigns are calling on philanthropy to invest in these local funds, redefine traditional conceptions of risk and return, and center stewarding wealth in ways that generate healing rather than harm. With: Gopal Dayaneni, co-founder, Movement Generation: Justice and Ecology Project; Loren White Jr., Community Development Coordinator at the Indigenous Environmental Network; Lupe Romero Elicea, Co-Director for the Climate Justice Our Power Loan Fund; Briana Sidney, Cooperation Richmond.
April 7th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Golden Bear Room, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Saturday, April 8th
Richmond, California, which has long been one of the municipalities most impacted by environmental injustice and toxic industries in the entire state, has in recent years emerged as an inspiring example of effective community mobilization, as a number of local groups there working in different domains have demonstrated that people can organize to radically improve their lives and challenge oppressive power structures. Hosted by longtime Richmond community leader and now City Councilwoman Doria Robinson, Executive Director of Urban Tilth and other Richmond community organizations, as well as a member of the California State Food and Agriculture Commission. With: Adam Boisvert, Deputy Director, Urban Tilth; Connie Cho, Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment (CBE); Najari Smith, founding Director of the Rich City Project.
April 8th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Join author Madeline Ostrander; environmental scientist Rachel Morello-Frosch; Richmond, CA City Council Member Doria Robinson; and youth organizer and Sierra Club Emerging Voices award-winner Alfredo Angulo for a discussion about lessons from frontline and environmental justice communities—and how their voices are vital to understanding how to face the climate crisis and develop solutions. We’ll explore how such communities are advocating for stronger climate policies, building collective strength to fight against industrial pollution and launching groundbreaking grassroots initiatives in this time of climate emergency.
April 8th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Crystal Ballroom, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
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