Theme: Youth Leadership

Friday, October 18th

The brilliant young writer, journalist and activist Julian Noisecat offers his insights into how, around the world, Indigenous peoples are rising in a global renaissance that holds untapped promise for a world in peril.

October 18th | Noon to 12:10 pm | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


Julian Brave Noisecat
Director of Green Strategy
Data for Progress

Come participate in an engaging discussion with young climate leaders who will be discussing their various theories of change, organizing practices and personal stories of how they got catalyzed to act! Facilitated by youth from Bay Area Sunrise.

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Youth Unity Center

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Come practice your storytelling skills in this creative media laboratory. We’ll discuss ethical journalism dilemmas, enact on-the-ground direct action scenarios, and engage each other in telling our unique stories on and off camera.

October 18th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Youth Unity Center

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Panelists


Tianna Arredondo
Co-Founder
Frontline’s to Power
Robin Bean Crane
Oakland-based Artist and Organizer

Saturday, October 19th

October 19th | 11:10 am to 11:40 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


Destiny Arts
Youth Performance Company

A first generation Pakistani immigrant, Mishka Banuri moved to Utah when she was 12 years old and fell in love with that state’s wondrous mountains, aspen trees and red rocks, but she saw many of those sacred lands despoiled by the greed of extractive industries. This awakened her to the global systems of resource exploitation ravaging ecosystems and poor communities around the world and has made her an extraordinarily passionate and effective youth climate justice activist in Utah.

October 19th | 11:40 am to 11:55 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


Mishka Banuri
Co-Founder
Utah Youth Environmental Solutions

The climate justice movement is changing the conversation with many creative new strategies, including Fridays for the Future, the Green New Deal, and constant pressure for our institutions and municipalities to divest from fossil fuels. In July 2019, faculty across the UC system voted in favor of divesting from 200 publicly traded fossil fuel companies. While waiting for the UC Regents’ decision, activists of all ages continue to mobilize for divestment and climate justice. With: Bill McKibben, Right Livelihood Award laureate and co-founder of 350.org; Clair Brown, UC Berkeley Professor of Economics; Laurel Levin, student organizer with #FossilFreeUC; Kristy Drutman, host of Brown Girl Green. Hosted by: Chris Benner, Institute for Social Transformation at UC Santa Cruz; David Shaw, Right Livelihood College at UC Santa Cruz.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | World Cafe

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Panelists


Bill McKibben
Founder
350.org
Clair Brown
Professor of Economics
UC Berkeley
Laurel Levin

Fossil Free UCSC
Kristy Drutman
U.S. Digital Campaigner
350.org
Chris Benner
Chair
Everett Program
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture

Some of the most thrilling innovations and ideas are happening at the intersection of Indigenous worldviews and digital technologies. In this groundbreaking panel, we celebrate Native Americans in tech. Join us to learn first-hand how: Native youth are using digital tools to tell their stories; Native tech professionals are working to transform the industry from the inside; and community leaders are using tech solutions to address social and environmental issues in Indigenous communities and beyond. With: Ericka Persons of AICRC Oakland; Jayden Lim, Pauline Beltran and Colleen Beltran of CIMCC; others TBA.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Indigenous Forum

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Panelists


When your dream city is threatened, whom will your super(s)hero work with? How do they organize people? For our activism to be effective, we must be grounded in love for what we are creating, not only in hatred of what currently exists. Join us in this workshop to dream and work together. We’ll share real-world stories and connect over movements for change in our own communities. Led by Neeka Salmasi and West Oakland Legacy Project Youth.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Youth Unity Center

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Panelists


Neeka Salmasi

Attitudinal Healing Connection

When your dream city is threatened, who might your super(s)heroes be, and how would they work together? In this art-based workshop, youth will design superheroic figures who could respond to the most pressing issues in their communities and co-create a better world together. Participants will share real-world stories to connect over art and to look for solutions that draw from the resources and talents embedded in their own communities. Led by Neeka Salmasi and Youth from Attitudinal Healing Connection.

October 19th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Youth Unity Center

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Panelists


Neeka Salmasi

Attitudinal Healing Connection

Join an engaging conversation on intergenerational solidarity and the reciprocal learning that occurs when people at different life stages work together. The discussion will revolve around youth-led movements, adult ally-ship and the magic of sharing wisdom across generations. With: Carolyn Norr of Youth vs. Apocalypse (350.org’s Bay Area youth-led climate justice initiative); others TBA.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Sausalito Room

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Panelists


Carolyn Norr
Activist
Youth vs. Apocalypse

Come witness and share in radical, inspiring performances by young poets and creatives at this spoken-word open-mic hosted by Jada Imani of Tatu Vision and Youth Speaks.

October 19th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Youth Unity Center

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Panelists


Jada Imani
Founder
Tatu Vision Movement

Sunday, October 20th

With Isha Clarke. To build a successful global climate movement, we must prioritize the voices of those most impacted by environmental injustice. We must recognize that our current climate crisis is rooted in racism, white supremacy, and greed. We must also resist efforts to tokenize the term “intersectionality” rather than actually implementing it in our movements and daily lives. What would a movement and a society functioning on a genuine understanding of intersectionality look like?

October 20th | 11:40 am to 11:50 am | Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (VMA)

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Keynote


Isha Clarke
Climate Justice Organizer
Youth Vs. Apocalypse

In this dynamic workshop youth will use a World Cafe collective inquiry process to do a deep dive into emergent practices and questions within climate and social justice movements. Participants will engage in intimate conversations with their peers to cross-pollinate and unearth their collective wisdom. No experience in these movements is necessary to participate. Led by Santa Cruz Permaculture.

October 20th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm | Youth Unity Center

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This will be a space for youth who have participated in the Climate Justice, Art Activism and Youth Media tracks to come together and share reflections from their weekend.  What are you taking with you? How do you envision integrating what you have experienced at Bioneers into your life? How can Bioneers expand and improve its youth programming to support you further on your path? All youth are welcome to attend and engage in the conversation! Facilitated by Maya Carlson, Bioneers Youth Leadership Program Coordinator.

October 20th | 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Youth Unity Center

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Panelists


Maya Carlson
Bioneers Youth Leadership Program Coordinator
Bioneers