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Embodying Resilience for
Compassionate Action 
May 30
(RSVP here)

Join us for this informative, enjoyable workshop that will give you

practical tools you can use immediately.  

  • Discover your go-to survival pattern under low-grade stress

  • Learn practices to build resilience and move toward flourishing

  • Learn the body shapes of survival and practice shapes of thriving

  • Build capacity to contribute to supporting movements for clean air, water, food and a flourishing habitat for future generations

Under stress our survival habits steer us toward fight, flight or freeze reactions. With practice, we can build the capacity not only to bounce back to normal, but move toward flourishing. As we expand our circles of compassion, we include all of our human family and the web of life in our practice of resilience.


Led by Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D.

Project Drawdown
with Chad Frischman, VP and Research Director
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
North Berkeley (full address with RSVP)
6:45pm Potluck
7:30pm-9:30pm Presentation and Interactive Salon
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Can we stop global warming in the next 30 years?


According to renowned environmentalist and author Paul Hawken and the team at Project Drawdown, the answer is yes. We can keep the temperature of the Earth from rising past the critical mark of two degrees Celsius and actually draw down carbon out of the atmosphere to reverse global warming by 2050. 

Project Drawdown has identified 100 substantive solutions that, implemented collectively, could realistically keep us from catastrophe, and at the same time create the world we all want to live in.


Led by Chad Frischmann, the team of over 70 researchers carefully measured the 80 solutions that are already up and running around the world and modeled how they might be scaled up over the next 30 years. The team also evaluated the potential of 20 "coming attraction" solutions that are not yet in use but could soon be utilized, such as autonomous vehicles, hyperloop, and the artificial leaf. The researchers then ranked all 100 solutions to show which ones make the biggest impact and should be prioritized by investors, city planners, business leaders, educators, and NGOs. The solutions, modeling results, and rankings are presented in the beautifully designed book, Drawdown.

Chad Frischmann—Vice President and Research Director

Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models used in Drawdown and all related publications. He has an interdisciplinary background in public policy, sustainable development, and environmental conservation. Previously, Chad was the Senior Programme Officer at The Europaeum; taught at the University of Oxford and the UC-Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from grassroots non-profits to UN agencies such as UNESCO and the IFAD. He holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in Art History from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University. 

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How are we including persons with disabilities and other vulnerable communities in our climate activism and adaptation planning?

Scientists and experts worldwide are recognizing that climate change is becoming an unstoppable force: regardless of our efforts to cut emissions, the earth will continue to warm – and likely faster than most people expect. As we move forward, then, we must to go beyond cutting out fossil fuels to also prepare for, and adapt to, the coming reality. Climate adaptation will mean everything from improving disaster readiness and response, to more wisely managing water resources, all the way to helping communities move away from flooding shorelines and expanding deserts. It is also a matter of climate justice that we focus on those communities most vulnerable to climate change – including vulnerability from existing social structures – and with the least ability to adapt on their own. Historically marginalized and oppressed groups should absolutely be supported in our transition to this transforming world. In this Climate Compassion Salon, we will explore the importance of adapting to climate change – and how we can do so in a way that supports climate justice worldwide.

The 2nd half of this Salon will look at the experience of people with disabilities (PWDs) during these coming changes, and how PWDs can be included in global climate justice efforts. People with disabilities are arguably the most vulnerable group to the effects of climate change, and have the least capacity to adapt – yet they are virtually ignored in discussion and planning about preparation. For example, PWDs’ health issues make it harder to survive heat waves, inaccessible evacuation and shelter affect PWDs’ safety during storms, any harm to government services compromises quality of life and survival, and PWDs might be left behind entirely as people migrate to escape the effects of climate change. We will explore these experiences and how our communities can work with people with disabilities, inside our own groups and beyond, to ensure that climate justice reaches PWDs and protects their well-being.

Alex Ghenis is a Policy & Research Specialist at the World Institute on Disability (WID) in Berkeley, CA, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding the horizons of people with disabilities worldwide. He focuses on the two major issues of 1) economic empowerment for people with disabilities, and 2) how to ensure PWDs’ well-being as climate change moves forward.


Alex’s climate change work began in 2014 with his “New Earth Disability” blog, which has pursued research and analysis on how PWDs will be affected by the global transformations of warming and resource shortages. Over the past two years he has collected several dozen resources and written widely on general climate adaptation strategies, heat waves and climate-related migration. WID’s ongoing Climate & Disability Initiatives include developing an information center for all things related to climate change and disability, ongoing research about those connections, and efforts to engage other stakeholders in disability-related climate justice. Alex is also raising awareness through other organizations, including a focus on people with disabilities in the International Organization on Migration’s environmental migration policy paper series

In addition to his climate change research & policy efforts, Alex has worked extensively on WID’s asset-building initiatives including as a significant author of the EQUITY book: “EQUITY: Asset-Building Strategies for People with Disabilities,” which is available for free at Alex passionately believes that personal economic resilience is a vital component of climate resilience - and views economic justice as a major piece of climate justice that must be pursued with that very goal in mind.

How can we create cultures of aliveness?

How do we live an ethics of supporting aliveness in a context of flourishing for all life?

Join us for this special pop-up salon and afterparty with Andreas Weber, who is visiting the United States from Berlin. Let's engage the poetics of Enlivenment in mind and body!

"The challenge of the 'Anthropocene' and the end of dualistic enlightenment-style thinking is to install a new 'bios' into our concept of reality, putting aliveness, the world as a living process of mutual transforming relationships, subjectivity, and expression, at its center: an 'Enlivenment' view."

"Enlivenment: Mutuality-in-Beauty:

Nature is the arena of poetic space. The whole of nature is inter-imagination and interpenetration. Aliveness is not health, aliveness is ongoing inter-imagination.These poetic dimensions are not important because the world really is a cozy romantic and poetic place, but because we are parts and authors of an ongoing process of interdependent realization and transformation, in which we inter-imagine ourselves-as-others. We can truly think – and live– a reality of relations and entanglements only as a poetics."


Join us as we explore this and more with Andreas Weber, co-author of The Enlivenment Manifesto and author of The Biology of Wonder (Read Chapter 1)

In addition to conversation, we'll explore aliveness through poetry, music, movement, and contact.

It's a Saturday night - so please stay for the afterparty!

Dr. Andreas Weber is a Berlin-based book and magazine writer, translator, and independent scholar.


He has degrees in Marine Biology and Cultural Studies. Andreas' work focuses on a re-evaluation of our understanding of the living.


He proposes to understand organsims as subjects and hence the biosphere as a meaning-creating and poetic reality. He has put forth his ideas in several books and has contributed to major German newspapapers and magazines. He teaches at Leuphana University Lüneburg and at Berlin University of the Fine Arts.


His latest book is The Biology of Wonder. Aliveness, Feeling, and the Metamorphosis of Science.

In this recent political moment many of us have experienced disappointment, exhaustion, fear, outrage and even strong disagreements with people we thought held the same basic values. 


Let’s come together and explore a “generative” (instead of reactive) political discourse with each other and discover what is possible between us. We can generate ways to create a social context for the wellbeing of all, including integrating our various experiences and perspectives. 

Can we shift culture from fear and separation to courage, compassion, and creativity?  


I (Elizabeth) will be facilitating this workshop that will draw from my experience with Presencing and Theory U, interpersonal neurobiology, Leadership Embodiment (based on Aikido), and improv. We’ll have the opportunity to express, connect, learn and have some fun too!


Everyone who is interested in exploring compassionate, generative dialogue is welcome.

Click this image for the article One Earth: Two Social Fields by Otto Scharmer on how we can move from ego-system to eco-system awareness. 

Image by Kelvy Bird, copyright Otto Scharmer, Presencing Institute. 

Elizabeth Ferguson, Ph.D.

Elizabeth is a facilitator and educator in the practices of resilience and wellbeing. Combining the wisdom of psychology, contemplative science, internal arts and neuroscience, she offers an approach to climate activism that weaves self-compassion, social justice, and community building. 

What is the work of white folks in working for racial justice? The focus of this event will be on white supremacy and the work for white folks. Everyone is welcome.


How can we better understand white supremacy and how are we participating in systems of racial injustice (even if we don’t feel racist)?


Many of us are moved to action when we see police killings of black and brown people, when we see the rise of a viciously racist presidential candidate, when we witness environmental racism and gentrification.


Let’s explore some of the most skillful ways to engage in solidarity and successful action, with a special focus on deconstructing white supremacy and ways white folks can take action while centering the leadership of people of color and indigenous people.


Join us in a compassionate learning environment to explore these topics with Kurt Kuhwald and Paul Kivel representing Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). We’ll have a combination of presentation, a short video, interactive exercises, and practical ways to get involved.

Paul Kivel has been a social justice educator, activist, and writer for over 40 years. His work gives people the understanding to become involved in social justice work and the tools to become more effective allies in community struggles to end oppression and injustice and to transform organizations and institutions. Kivel is a co-Founder of SURJ—Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of organizations and individuals committed to educating and mobilizing white people to work in people of color-led, multi-racial alliance for racial justice. Kivel is the author of numerous books and curricula including Men’s Work, Helping Teens Stop Violence, Build Community, and Stand for Justice, Boys Will Be Men, Uprooting Racism, and most recently, Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony.



Rev. Kurt Kuhwald: I currently work as a Unitarian Universalist Community Minister.  I focus on low wage worker, climate justice/just transition, racial justice and Conscious Eldering issues. I also am on the Coordinating Committee of East Bay SURJ, and am one of the contacts for Faith Rooted/Focused SURJ work. I served on the national anti-racism training team within Unitarian Universalism for 15 years (Jubilee World), as well as for 8 years on their national Journey Toward Wholeness anti-oppression transformation committee that was responsible for guiding and monitoring the Association's transformational work. I taught in the graduate Theological Union at Starr Kings School for the Ministry for 1/2 a dozen years focusing on climate justice/just transition courses, as well as courses on transforming racism. I'm going to be a grandfather in October, and am enjoying helping my family explore issues of gender fluidity as the birth day nears.



Monti Aguirre
Anna Cederstav

In the midst of the climate crisis, it’s inspiring to hear about the achievements and successes of people working to secure human rights and environmental justice for those on the frontlines.


Join us for an evening with the leaders of two organizations doing just that in Latin America: Anna Cederstav and Monti Aguirre.


Based out of the environmental law firm Earthjustice in San Francisco, Anna co-leads the Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), which uses the law to protect the environment and communities throughout Latin America. Monti works with International Rivers, protecting rivers and the rights of communities who depend on them.


We’ll learn how these two environmental justice advocates helped transition communities away from exploitative mining, halt destructive dam projects and much more. We’ll watch clips from an extraordinary film Monti co-produced: Amazonia: Voices from the Rainforest that includes interviews with indigenous people from grassroots groups defending their lives and their land in the Amazon.


Both organizations are exemplars of collaboration between the US and Latin America, with leadership centered in Latin America.


Bring your questions, open heart and mind, and journey with us to explore effective action for human rights and the rights of nature.

Monti Aguirre works to secure the rights of communities in Patagonia, the Andes, and the Amazon as Latin America Program Coordinator for International Rivers. An anthropologist and environmental educator, she has been a tireless supporter of people displaced and massacred for opposing the Chixoy Dam in Guatemala, who, after a decade-long struggle, recently won millions in reparations. She is currently working with indigenous peoples in Ecuador and Peru, and grassroots groups in Colombia, whose communities and rivers are threatened by mega-dams and seeking permanent legal protection for their rivers. She is also co-producer of Amazonia: Voices From the Rainforest. Prior to joining International Rivers, Ms. Aguirre worked with the Environmental Action Coalition and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in NYC.


Anna Cederstav is one of the two AIDA’s Co-Executive Directors. Having worked for AIDA since 1997, she is responsible for program and organizational development. Anna has significant expertise in the environmental impacts of mining and other extractive activities, as well as marine resource management. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. from Yale University. Anna is based in San Francisco, California, where she also manages the Latin America work of the Earthjustice International Program.

Pennie Opal Plant

Pennie Opal Plant is of Yaqui, Mexican, Choctaw, Cherokee and European heritage, and has been an activist for over 30 years working on anti-nuclear, environmental, and indigenous rights issues. She is a founding member of Idle No More SF Bay, Movement Rights, and the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance, and one of the authors and signers of the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty Compact of 2015. She has worked ceaselessly to address climate change, fossil fuel extraction, and environmental injustice in and around her community.


Join us for an inspiring and action-oriented salon. Indigenous people are on the front lines of fossil fuel extraction and on climate action. Too often solutions replicate colonialist practices instead of centering on indigenous rights and Mother Earth.


We’ll begin with ceremony to acknowledge the indigenous land we occupy and honor our ancestors and future generations. Then Pennie will share about the various movements in which she is involved and how we too can get involved, including:


  • Refinery Healing Walks and invitation to walk in May, June or July

  • Indigenous Women of the Americas - Defending Mother Earth Treaty Compact 2015 which includes new moon ceremonies and direct actions on each solstice and equinox

  • Keep it In the Ground: Keeping fossil fuels in the ground and a just transition

  • Rights of Mother Earth

  • COP21: Demands of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Next Steps

  • Just solutions and practices for restoring a harmonious relationship with Mother Earth

Amanda Joy Ravenhill

Is it possible to reverse climate disruption? Join us for an inspiring conversation on this crucial question with Amanda Ravenhill, Executive Director of Project Drawdown.


Project Drawdown is an all-out effort to answer this question in the positive. It has brought together a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions, in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.


If you’ve been feeling disheartened about climate disruption, this is the salon to regain your enthusiasm and feel encouraged again by what is possible.


Amanda will share with us not only some of the constellation of solutions Project Drawdown is researching, but how we can all be engaged in turning the corner on climate disruption, and achieving drawdown, the point at which greenhouse gas levels begin to decline.



Amanda Joy Ravenhill is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Project Drawdown, where she brings her passion and expertise in environmental and social justice to the organization’s solution-based approach to addressing climate change. Prior to Project Drawdown, Amanda was a Professor of Sustainable Business at Presidio Graduate School, where she taught sustainability, systems thinking, and environmental and social justice to MBA and MPA candidates. Previously, she co-founded The Hero Hatchery, a nationally recognized fellowship for climate activists, served as the Head of Business Partnerships at, served as the Executive Director of Ananay, a fair trade organization in Bolivia, and held an Americorp Fellowship. Amanda is an established expert and speaker in the fields of Systems Thinking, Climate Change, Regenerative Design, and Biochar. She received an M.B.A. in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, and received a B.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.

Khalid Kadir

Albert Einstein once famously said “we cannot create solutions using the same kind of thinking that created them.” Join us for a conversation with UC Berkeley Lecturer Khalid Kadir who is offering new ways to think about complex global issues. No matter how technically brilliant a solution may seem, he explains, if it does not address the underlying political and social issues, it may create more of the same kinds of problems.


Join us in an interdisciplinary conversation including the following questions:


  • How can we address climate disruption from a social justice perspective?

  • How can we integrate technical and social/political approaches to complex problems?


Khalid will share some of his research and approaches in solving structural inequalities in clean drinking water access, among other topics. We’ll also watch a captivating short film written by Khalid, “Can Experts Solve Global Poverty” that is a brilliant exploration of the kind of thinking necessary to solve our truly complex problems.


Let’s talk about climate solutions together – bring your best ideas and your questions, and Khalid will guide us in some best-practices in how to approach a solution that respects the dignity of people bearing the brunt of climate disruption, as well as the “expertise” of those who are trying to help.



Khalid Kadir is a Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching courses in Political Economy, the Global Poverty & Practice program, and the College of Engineering. He received his PhD, also from UC Berkeley, in 2010 in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The focus of his graduate research was pathogen removal in natural water and wastewater treatment systems. In addition to the technical focus of his work, Khalid studied the complex role that engineering expertise plays in the politics of international development and poverty alleviation. His current research focuses on engineering pedagogy, the political economy of household water treatment, and technical aspects water and sanitation in emergency contexts. In addition to his teaching and research, Khalid has remained engaged with engineering practice. In 2005 and 2006, he served as the Projects Director for the UC Berkeley chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World. During this time he oversaw five projects focused on providing technical solutions to social and environmental problems. In 2007 Khalid was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work on water and wastewater treatment in Morocco. More recently, Khalid has worked on a number consulting projects related to water, sanitation, and poverty, both internationally and domestically. He also serves on the board for International Water Partners and the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water.




Article: Engineering Social Justice (Prof. Kadir featured in Spring 2014 issue of Berkeley Engineer)


Video: Can Experts Solve Poverty? (Written and narrated by Khalid Kadir)


Join us for a conversation with Osprey Orielle Lake, freshly back from Paris and COP21, where she was out in the streets, advocating in the formal COP21 Blue Zone, holding a Rights of Nature Tribunal and bringing Indigenous and grassroots women from the frontlines to Paris to share their stories and solutions. Whether with a fist raised for justice, rocking a press conference, or creating a platform for voices rarely heard in climate negotiations (women, Indigenous peoples, nature) Osprey is powerful climate leader, bringing a rights-based approach to climate action and justice.


We'll hear from Osprey on why rights-based approaches are fundamental to the shift in worldview and behavior necessary to create a healthy, just future for generations to come, and why the voices of women, Indigenous peoples and nature are critical.


In addition to reporting back from Paris and what happened (or didn’t happen) at COP21, Osprey will engage us in an inquiry about how we can participate in climate action to protect future generations.



Osprey Orielle Lake is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, International (WECAN). She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, activists, and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future. Osprey is Co-chair of International Advocacy for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the visionary behind the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, which brought together 100 women leaders from around the world to draft and implement a Women’s Climate Action Agenda.


During COP21 Osprey hosted several events inside and outside the COP21 venue that gave voice to women, Indigenous peoples, and nature. She served as a Judge and was on the Steering Committee for The Interntional Rights of Nature Tribunal, convened over two days in Paris, which is a unique, citizen-created initiative that gives people from all around the world the opportunity to testify publicly on the destruction of the Earth and its communities, while advancing an alternative legal framework for living in harmony with the Earth. Additionally, she organized events inside the COP and the Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change event in Paris, providing a forum for women from around the world to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes, and present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world. 

Osprey Orielle Lake
Fritjof Capra
Jeremy Lent
November 19, 2015, Berkeley

Sharing his expertise in the systems view of life, Fritjof will discuss how even climate change – far-reaching as it is – is only one aspect of an array of interrelated problems in our world system. The main focus of Capra’s environmental education and activism has been to help build and nurture sustainable communities. He believes that to do so, we can learn valuable lessons from the study of ecosystems, which are sustainable communities of plants, animals, and microorganisms. He will help us understand how one imbalance affects others, and how to tailor our own activism to maximize our impact on solving global problems.


Fritjof Capra, a prominent physicist and systems theorist, is the internationally acclaimed author of The Tao of Physics, The Systems View of Life, and The Science of Leonardo. His writings advocate replacing the conventional mechanistic view of nature with a systems view that recognizes the intrinsic interconnectedness of all things. He is a founding director of Berkeley’s Center For Ecoliteracy which supports ecological and systems thinking in education, and he serves on the Council of Earth Charter International which promotes an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. He serves on the faculty of Schumacher College and lectures widely to lay and professional audiences in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Jeremy Lent, founder of the integrative practice of Liology, will talk about the connection between climate activism and the awakening of human consciousness to our deep connection with the natural world. Liology is a practice of integration, offering a worldview that could allow our civilization to prosper harmoniously on the earth. Using the liology framework, Jeremy will help us connect the dots between our own actions and what is happening on the scale of global climate change. His blog, Patterns of Meaning, addresses the underlying pattners beneath climate crises and solutions. 

Claire Greensfelder
Thursday, November 5, 2015, Berkeley

Claire is a brilliant strategist and activist who is on the forefront of organizing for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - COP 21 - in Paris, December 2015.  She is a Policy & Organizational Consultant working in the areas of Ecology, Justice, Peace, and Nonviolence and in support of Civil, Youth, Indigenous, and Women's Rights.  


She is a co-founder of the Women's Global Call for Climate Justice campaign aimed at generating and showcasing grassroots women's actions, policy demands, and solutions towards COP 21. Claire is currently serving as Senior Advisor and Climate Campaign Consultant to the Women's Environment and Development Organization and Women in Europe for a Common Future, and as Director of the Safe Energy Project of INOCHI, a Japanese/US Citizens Organization co-founded by acclaimed artists/activists Mayumi Oda, Kaz Tanahashi, and friends in 1993. She is the principle author of INOCHI's  Safe Energy Handbook - 20th Anniversary Edition (to be released in December 2015).  


In over four decades of activism, she has worked with dozens of NGOs and electoral campaigns including Greenpeace, the American Friends Service Committee, the International Forum on Globalization, Conversations with the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change, the Martin Luther King, Jr Freedom Center, the Women's Trust, Friends of the Earth International, the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, Jane Addams Center/Hull House, the Sierra Club, the Rainbow Coalition, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and many others.

Rebecca Burgess

How do our clothing choices impact the carbon cycle?What do dyes, fabrics, and clothing production have to do with climate change? Learn about full-cycle sustainable clothing production and how this supports living wages, flourishing soil, and a healthy climate.


Rebecca Burgess is the Executive Director of Fibershed. She is the author of the best-selling book Harvesting Color, a bioregional look into the natural dye traditions of North America. She has built an extensive network of farmers and artisans within our region’s Northern California Fibershed to pilot the regenerative fiber systems model at the community scale.

Affordable Housing and Putting a Price on Carbon

Rachel held on to her home as single mom by temporarily turning the master bedroom into a lovely small apartment. That experience, along with her studies of housing patterns, led her to develop an innovative model for flexible, affordable infill housing and to successfully advocate for its adoption in California. She has been in residential design for over twenty years, has LEED accreditation, and is a general contractor.  Rachel is passionate about sustainability and has advocated for environmental issues at the local, state and federal level.  She founded the Marin Chapter of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and founded a nonprofit, Lilypad Homes that supports and facilitates the development of second units as a viable form of infill housing that reduces carbon emissions by allowing people to live in the communities where they work.  Rachel believes the home plays a critical role in personal and global well-being.

Rachel F. Ginis 

Atossa has built a powerful coalition of indigenous leaders and environmental groups that are on the frontlines working to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Learn about this unstoppable movement and how you can get involved. 


Atossa Soltani is the founder and executive director of Amazon Watch, the non-profit organization dedicated to defending the rainforests and the rights of indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin

Osprey Orielle Lake
Osprey Orielle Lake

Osprey Orielle Lake is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network, International (WECAN). She works nationally and internationally with grassroots and Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, activists, and scientists to promote climate justice, resilient communities, and a just transition to a clean energy future. Osprey is Co-chair of International Advocacy for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the visionary behind the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, which brought together 100 women leaders from around the world to draft and implement a Women’s Climate Action Agenda.

Atossa Soltani

Discover how land based solutions are offering new hope in drawing down atmospheric carbon and learn about the local people and policies who are shifting the paradigm to tackle the greatest global challenge of our time. Join climate policy and communications expert Calla Rose for an inspiring solution to our climate crisis. 


Calla Rose Ostrander is Director of Climate Initiatives at Rathmann Family Foundation and works with the Marin Carbon Project on their behalf. She was previously the Climate Change Projects Manager for the City and County of San Francisco for six years. 


Heather Blackie and Willy Reid are agricultural Jedis. They consult in a wide range of regenerative agriculture practices, from biodynamic farming, composting, rotational grazing and fencing, and helping foundations skillfully invest in sustainable agriculture. They are the farmers and owners of Quiet Valley Farm in Nicasio, CA. 

Join us for a special sneak preview of clips from his upcoming movie, "The Flow," about the timeless wisdom of Tao as it applies to changing our cultural narratives and practices in regard to climate change.  


Louis Fox is a storyteller, strategist, and filmmaker dedicated to looking at the world as it truly is, while also envisioning it as it could be. As a filmmaker, he has directed and cowritten over a hundred short live action and animated films. His projects The Meatrix, Grocery Store Wars, and the on-going Story of Stuff series, have been viewed by more than 60 million people and have garnered top honors at dozens of international film and media festivals.

Bing Gong and Eleanore Despina: Internal Martial Arts and Effective Activism

Bing Gong, host of Post-Carbon Radio, will speak with his partner, Eleanore Despina, about their experience at the Copenhagen COP. They will share their tips for effective activism. Bing will also lead us in some flow with Tai Chi andQi Gong, which he has practiced for over four decades. 

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