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Environmental Education
Rae Wynn-Grant – Wild Life: How Personal Journeys are Essential to Sustainable Leadership in Environmental Science

Rae Wynn-Grant, one of the most captivating science communicators of our time and a leading advocate for women and people of color in the sciences, shares some of her experiences finding her way in a profession with very few scientists who looked like her as she embarked on a quest to study the ever-shifting relationship between humans, animals, and place.

Keynotes That Wowed Us at Bioneers 2024 

In this week’s newsletter, we share four powerful keynote presentations from the Bioneers Conference.

Restoring Ecosystems
Merlin Sheldrake – How Fungi Make our Worlds

Most fungi live out of sight, yet they make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that support and sustain nearly all living systems. Biologist and bestselling author Merlin Sheldrake drives home the critical importance of fungi and presents cutting-edge research into the flow dynamics of carbon and nutrients within mycorrhizal fungal networks.

Claudia Peña – Abolition as Amends to Mother

The mass incarceration system has wreaked havoc on our society, leading to the destruction of the social fabric of countless communities and contributing to the ravaging of the global environment. Our only path forward is to make amends with the land, water and air, one harmful industry at a time, including abolition of the prison industrial complex as we know it.

Colette Pichon Battle – Expanding Our Movements for Climate Justice

Colette Pichon Battle argues that we must expand our understanding of what a genuine Climate Justice movement needs to encompass if we are to succeed, and why such struggles as gender and migrant justice are inextricably connected to human rights for clean air, clean water, sovereign land, and community control of justly-sourced sustainable energy.

Sammy Gensaw, III – The Restorative Revolution and a River of Reciprocity

Sammy Gensaw III, a dynamic young Yurok leader, shares some of his experiences working for ecological and cultural revival along the Klamath River, central to his people’s identity and livelihood. He discusses how the epic struggle to remove destructive dams required drawing deeply from ancestral wisdom, modern science, and cutting-edge activism.

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Nature, Culture and Spirit
Deep Listening: Whale Culture, Interspecies Communication, and Knowing Your Place

Dr. Shane Gero, a visionary marine biologist, is angling to crack the code of sperm whale communication. His mind-bending research is transforming what we thought we knew about these ancient leviathans. What can whale culture teach us, and can deep listening help us learn to coexist respectfully in kinship with these guardians of the deep?

Restoring Ecosystems
Kim Stanley Robinson – What I’ve Learned since The Ministry for the Future Came Out in 2020

Kim Stanley Robinson's visionary 2020 novel, Ministry for the Future, projects how a possible climate-disrupted future might unfold and how the world might respond. It’s also full of brilliant science and wildly imaginative ways humanity steps up. In this talk, Stan offers us his overview of where we currently stand in relation to the climate crisis.

Ecological Design
How Human Composting May Help Us Reimagine Death

In this conversation, Architect Katrina Spade shares how she came to invent human composting and its current trajectory.

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