Theme: Panel Sessions

Thursday, November 11th

A coproduction of WECAN and Bioneers Everywoman’s Leadership program

As the IPCC reports, climate destabilization is happening far faster than even the most pessimistic scientists had anticipated. The chaotic results are now visible to everyone around the globe. The situation is urgent, and failure to take immediate large-scale action would be catastrophic, but extractive industries and corrupt governments are barreling ahead with business as usual, wreaking havoc on our planet’s water, air, lands and living creatures, including people. Women, BIPOC and youth leaders are taking many of the strongest stands and implementing innovative tactics in this, the most important, crucial, existential struggle in history. Join three visionary climate justice leaders as they share their strategic insights. With: Eriel Deranger, Indigenous Climate Action; Leila Salazar-Lopez, Amazon Watch; Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). Hosted by Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Eriel Tchekwie Deranger
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Indigenous Climate Action
Leila Salazar-López
Executive Director
Amazon Watch
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers

To achieve the profound socio-economic, environmental and political changes we so desperately need, many of our societal systems will require intensive re-visioning. Key professions such as medicine, architecture/design, and the law (among many others) will need to embrace far more socially engaged worldviews and on-the-ground practices. In this dynamic dialogue, two leading figures who have been cutting-edge, exemplary models of how passion for social justice can inform professional life will share their thoughts on what it will take to radically transform professional paradigms. With: Rupa Marya, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, one of the nation’s leading figures working at the intersection of medicine and social justice, and co-author of the brand new: Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice; and Deanna Van Buren, M.Arch, groundbreaking activist architect, a major thought leader in advocating a complete rethinking of the criminal justice and incarceration system, and Executive Director of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces. Hosted by: Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, founder of Our Bodhi Project.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Sonali Sangeeta Balajee
Founder
Our Bodhi Project
Rupa Marya
Faculty Director
Do No Harm Coalition
Deanna Van Buren
Executive Director
Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

Trauma has perhaps never been more widely prevalent than it is now, nor more varied in its causes: personal stress, familial history, racial discrimination, poverty, oppression, climate disaster, etc. These times are really stretching our capacity to endure, so they require ever more effective healing and self-care modalities that include the taking of our personal inventory and adjusting our beliefs and lifestyles. Join two master Somatics practitioners and teachers as they share insights and explain their methods. With: Dr. Ruby Gibson (Lakota, Ojibwe, Mediterranean), author, educator and healer, co-founder and Executive Director of Freedom Lodge; and Staci K. Haines, educator, advocate, healer, co-founder of Generative Somatics and author of The Politics of Trauma.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Staci K. Haines
Co-Founder
Generative Somatics
Ruby Gibson
Executive Director
Freedom Lodge

They say “laughter is the best medicine,” but the most powerful medicine of all might just be American Indian comedy. Native peoples on this continent developed rich and complex humor traditions in response to centuries of oppression and the intergenerational trauma of ongoing settler colonization. Jokes were and are used to reflect on life’s ironies, impart wisdom, build relationships, and help heal from pain. Comedy can be one of the most effective tools in the arsenal of Indigenous strategies of deep cultural resilience, and as we emerge from this global pandemic and continue to struggle with dire threats to our people and the planet, we need the healing medicine of laughter more than ever. Share some laughter and learning with two leading comedic stars: Oakland-based (Yerington Paiute/Washoe) stand-up comedian, writer, actor and producer Jackie Keliiaa; and Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota/Dine), artist, poet, activist (with the Indigenous Environmental Network), Dakota culture/language teacher, and co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group, The 1491s. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program and renowned artist/photographer.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Cara Romero
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers
Dallas Goldtooth
Keep It in the Ground Campaign Organizer
Indigenous Environmental Network
Jackie Keliiaa
Comedian, Writer and Producer

Permaculture, based on the ethos of “earth care, people care and fair share,” has provided millions of people the principles and tools to live and work in right relationship to the earth and to produce and harvest abundance without degrading the environment. At a time when the world is desperate for a new approach to living on the planet, can permaculture scale-up to create the global ecological and social changes that are needed for human survival? With Permaculture co-founder David HolmgrenMaddy Harland, co-founder and editor of permaculture magazine and author/ regenerative farmer Mark Shepard. Hosted by Permaculturalist Penny Livingston.  

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


David Holmgren
Leading Ecological Thinker, Teacher, Writer and Speaker
Maddy Harland
Co-Founder
Permaculture Magazine
Mark Shepard
CEO, Author and Regenerative Farmer
Restoration Agriculture Development Inc
Penny Livingston
Prominent Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Speaker

Friday, November 12th

Clayton Thomas-Muller and Julian Brave NoiseCat are nationally and internationally acclaimed Indigenous leaders in the fights against climate change and the accelerating, human-induced destruction of our ecosystems. When they aren’t on the front lines organizing movements to protect the planet, Clayton and Julian work as accomplished writers penning penetrating analyses of the connections between settler colonial capitalism, broken social and political systems, trauma, and environmental disaster. They also happen to have a deep friendship. Join us for an intimate conversation with these two exemplary leaders, as they share the story behind the story about how their lives intersect with their activism and discuss their new projects and their hopes for the future.  Moderated by Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yupik), Co-Director of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program.

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Julian Brave NoiseCat
Director of Green New Deal Strategy
Data for Progress
Clayton Thomas-Muller
'Stop It At The Source' Campaigner
350.org
Alexis Bunten
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers

As ecological destruction, climate destabilization, the global pandemic, and all forms of historical and current injustice are converging to initiate a near-death experience for our species, join a group of wise women to discuss why the combination of honoring, respecting and learning from nature, being motivated by a deep quest for justice, and cultivating the leadership of women can provide a potent, three-pronged strategic path for getting us to a world we want. With: Osprey Orielle Lake, founder/Executive Director, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, author of Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature; Amisha Ghadiali, a UK-based intuitive therapist, meditation and yoga teacher, host and founder of the podcast and community, The Future Is Beautiful, and author of Intuition; Naelyn Pike, renowned young Chiricahua Apache activist. Hosted by: Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers.

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Amisha Ghadiali
Podcast Host
The Future Is Beautiful
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Naelyn Pike
Activist and Fighter for Indigenous Rights
Apache Stronghold
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers

Many boys and men of color have to grapple with very potent intergenerational traumas deeply linked to the racism, oppression and systemic inequities their communities have had to endure for so long. The Covid Pandemic has unfortunately exacerbated many of these underlying dynamics, resulting in increased levels of domestic and community violence in many neighborhoods. This session, facilitated by internationally-recognized author, community leader and healing practitioner Jerry Tello, will offer an intergenerational conversation among young men, elders, and middle-aged men of color. They will explore the deep traumas they and their communities suffer from, and how to develop strategies of responsibility and accountability that face the truth, but also create conditions for deep healing and prevent these wounds from undermining our families, communities and selves. With: Jason Seals, professor of African American Studies at Merritt College, with a long career in youth development; David Bouttavong, a Fresno, CA-based first generation queer Lao American activist with extensive experience working on issues affecting young men and boys of color. 

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Jerry Tello
Co-Founder
Healing Generations Institute and the National Compadres Network
Jason Seals
Professor of African American Studies and Chair of Ethnic Studies
Merritt College
David Bouttavong
Outreach Specialist
Poverello House

Presented in Partnership with Sierra magazine

The drumbeats demanding that the fossil fuel giants be held accountable for sparking the climate crisis are getting louder. Here in the U.S., more cities, states, and counties keep filing lawsuits seeking compensation from the oil giants for climate-related damages and to fund adaptation projects. Last spring, a Dutch court found multinational Shell Oil guilty of violating human rights and ordered the company to slash its emissions, and many other international lawsuits against fossil fuel corporations are pending. Join author and investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz, Greenpeace International attorney Michelle Jonker-Argueta, and Carroll Muffett of the Center for International Environmental Laws to learn about the latest twists and turns in the global effort to hold the oil companies accountable for their deception and delay. Moderated by Jason Mark, editor in chief of Sierra magazine. 

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Antonia Juhasz
Author, Investigative Journalist, Analyst
Carroll Muffett
President
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
Michelle Jonker-Argueta
Attorney
Greenpeace International
Jason Mark
Editor in Chief
Sierra Magazine

Saturday, November 13th


For all the ink and pixels spilled over the past year on political infighting about what qualifies as “infrastructure,” one of the most notable omissions has been any real mention of the natural world. The biosphere we all inhabit is, fundamentally, the infrastructure for life itself. As we know all too well, humanity has, for the most part, neglected, destroyed and actively pillaged many of the natural systems that support our continued existence by cooking the climate, unleashing a looming micro-plastic apocalypse, triggering a tragic global decline in all biodiversity benchmarks and more. What will it take to turn our attention towards the rebuilding of our natural infrastructure, for the benefit of all life and human society? How can built infrastructure elegantly and respectfully engage with and support nature? The answers are not easy, and our understanding of these systems is only just scratching the surface of the evolutionary timescales that nature functions on. However, we know enough to get started – and, unsurprisingly, it often begins with letting nature lead. Join experts and leaders as we dive into what a more enlightened, effective, biophilic and biomimetic infrastructure conversation needs to look like.

With: award-winning environmental journalist and author of Eager: The Surprising Secret Lives of Beavers and Why They Matter, Ben Goldfarb; Pyrogeographer and Assistant Professor in the Management of Complex Systems Department at UC-Merced, Dr. Crystal Kolden; and Ariel Whitson, Director of Education and Community at TreePeople.  Moderated by Teo Grossman, Bioneers’ Senior Director of Programs & Research.

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Ben Goldfarb
Journalist and Author
Ariel Whitson
Director of Education and Community
TreePeople
Crystal Kolden
Assistant Professor of Fire Science
Management of Complex Systems Department at UC-Merced
Teo Grossman
Senior Director of Programs and Research
Bioneers

Indigenous Peoples already do “green jobs”—they integrate cultural values into business activities and protect 80% of the world’s biodiversity. In order to transform our economies through Indigenous-led solutions, we need to uplift movements and stories inspired by Indigenous resistance. To do this, we must change the culture of philanthropy and impact investing, which still largely circulates in privileged circles. In this panel, we will explore how to transition from colonial-capitalism using Indigenous-led strategies that offer us pathways towards an equitable and regenerative future. With: Sikowis (Plains Cree/Saulteaux), founder, Great Plains Action Society, speaker/writer/artist; Nick Estes, Ph.D. (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe), historian, author, Professor at the University of New Mexico, co-founder, The Red Nation. Hosted by Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yupik), Co-Director of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program.

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Alexis Bunten
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers
Nick Estes
Assistant Professor of American Studies
University of New Mexico
Sikowis
Founder
Great Plains Action Society

We humans tend to look mostly around, sometimes up, and occasionally down, but even then, only at the surface of things. It turns out, however, that all of life on Earth actually depends on the extraordinarily dynamic life hidden beneath our feet, in the incredibly complex interrelationships of plants, bacteria, fungi, insects and minerals that make our continued existence above ground possible. In this session three of the world’s leading specialists on different aspects of those underground ecosystems will share their cutting-edge research. With: Suzanne Simard, Ph.D., Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, one of the planet’s leading experts on the synergies and complexities of forests, and a highly influential, world-renowned pathfinder on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence, and author of the current best-selling Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest; Anne Biklé and David R. Montgomery, a wife and husband team of scientific researchers whose groundbreaking work on the microbial life of soil has revealed its crucial importance to human wellbeing and survival. Dave, a professor of Geomorphology, is the author of the seminal Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, and Anne, a biologist and science communicator, co-authored The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. Their latest collaboration, What Your Food Ate, to be published spring 2022, tells the sobering and inspiring story of how agriculture can help restore health to the land—and ourselves. Moderated by Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Director Arty Mangan

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Suzanne Simard
Professor of Forest Ecology
University of British Columbia
Anne Biklé
Biologist, Avid Gardener and Author
David R. Montgomery
Professor of Geomorphology
University of Washington
Arty Mangan
Restorative Food Systems Director
Bioneers

Co-Sponsored by the New Leaders Initiative/Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards, named after the late, legendary environmental giant, David Brower, are one of the most prestigious prizes for youth activists, and we at Bioneers are delighted to be able to highlight the work of this year’s cohort of winners, an exceptional array of young mobilizers, organizers and paradigm-shifting leaders, who will discuss their activist trajectories, the challenges they face, and their aspirations for the future. Hosted/moderated by: Mackenzie Feldman, founder/Executive Director, Herbicide Free Campus. With: Sonja Michaluk, 18-year old NJ-based young scientist and citizen science activist, founder of the Conservation Communities Initiative, which encourages people to monitor and protect their local aquatic habitats; Peter Pham, 22, San Jose, CA-based environmental and transit justice activist with Turnout4Transit; David Baldwin, 18, Fort Lauderdale-based invasive plant researcher and activist with Everglades Restoration Ambassadors; Artemisio Romero y Carver, an 18-year old, Santa-Fe, NM-based artist, poet and organizer, co-founder of Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA) (who was also Santa Fe’s 2020 Youth Poet Laureate!).

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Mackenzie Feldman
Founder and Executive Director
Herbicide-Free Campus
David Baldwin
Invasive Plant Researcher and Activist
Everglades Restoration Ambassadors
Sonja Michaluk
Founder
Conservation Communities Initiative
Peter Pham
Transit Justice Activist
Turnout4Transit
Artemisio Romero y Carver
Co-Founder
Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA)

Solidarity Economics is an economic frame that recognizes that people are not just individuals, but also members of broader social groups and communities, that people are motivated not just by self-interest, but also by caring for others and a desire for belonging, and that we can and should build our economy not on an embrace of individuality and competition, but rather on a sense of commons and our shared destiny.  In this session, Natalie Hernandez, Associate Director of Climate Planning and Resilience at Climate Resolve, and Nailah Pope Harden, Executive Director of ClimatePlan,  join Manuel Pastor, one of the nation’s most influential thinkers on poverty and social movements, and Chris Benner, a leading innovator in urban political ecology, to discuss how these concepts might apply in the realm of solidarity with people and the planet, and how we can make this real in terms of policy and power in this moment. 

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Manuel Pastor
Director
Equity Research Institute, USC
Natalie Hernandez
Associate Director of Climate Planning & Resilience
Climate Resolve
Chris Benner
Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology
UC Santa Cruz
Nailah Pope Harden
Executive Director
ClimatePlan