Theme: Local Action

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

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Keynote


Trathen Heckman
Founder and Director
Daily Acts Organization

The climate change ship has left the harbor, and what confronts us is the urgent need to accomplish multiple goals simultaneously: reducing and then eliminating greenhouse gas pollution; rapidly scaling up drawdown efforts by returning carbon to the soil; and building the resilience and adaptive capacity in our societal systems to face the multi-pronged crises coming our way. And we must do it all with an equity lens at the center. It’s a tall order, but it’s non-optional. Luckily, there are people and projects all over the country and the world providing effective pathways forward for integrated climate action, using “whole problem” approaches. By leveraging collaboration across multiple sectors, these visionary leaders are outlining revolutionary blueprints for the next wave of essential work we need to do. Hosted by Trathen Heckman, founder and Director of Daily Acts; others TBA.

December 12th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

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Panelists


Trathen Heckman
Founder and Director
Daily Acts Organization

As leaders driven by the urgency of the need to constantly do more to address the dire challenges our communities face, how do we avoid burnout? How do we learn to actually embody our purpose and values and personally model the cultural shifts needed for wider societal transformation? In this workshop we will discover tools designed to strengthen our “personal ecology” and our leadership compass. It includes a framework that can be applied at the scales of self, organizations, and coalitions in ways that unleash the power of community. In this interactive session, we will draw from highly effective practices developed by the grassroots non-profit Daily Acts (dailyacts.org) to increase our collective leadership resilience during times of unrest and crisis by holding reverence in our hearts, reclaiming our power, and nurturing our relations. Facilitated by Nichole Warwick, Kerry Fugett and Trathen Heckman

December 12th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Trathen Heckman
Founder and Director
Daily Acts Organization
Nichole Warwick
Environmental Health Programs Manager
Daily Acts

Sunday, December 13th

Mari Margil and Thomas Linzey of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights, leading figures in the global movement to recognize the legal rights of ecosystems and nature, will share exciting recent developments in that effort. They will highlight breakthroughs in tribal nations, communities, and countries around the world. They will explain how advancing the rights of nature in legal codes and constitutions can lead to a radical transformation in humankind’s relationship with the natural world.

December 13th | 11:09 am to 11:24 am

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Keynote


Mari Margil
Executive Director
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
Thomas Linzey
Senior Legal Counsel
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights

People of Color have been marginalized in regards to the production and consumption of, and access to, healthy foods and as a result have far higher rates of food insecurity and of negative health impacts that result from poor nutrition. Three community leaders discuss how they are working to break through the impacts of colonization to develop a community-owned food system that is equitable, profitable and built on respectful relationships. With farmer, author Leah Penniman; Mohawk seed keeper and farmer, Rowen White; and Rev. Herber Brown, founder of the Black Church Food Security Network.

December 13th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

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Panelists


Heber Brown
Founding Director
Orita’s Cross Freedom School
Leah Penniman
Co-Executive Director
Soul Fire Farm