Of course, as soon as we put the 2014 Bioneers Summit Conference program to bed, two irresistible new programs appeared, and we managed to accommodate them.
California: Global Game-Changer for Climate Leadership?
The first new program is a very special one-day intensive on October 16th on how the state of California under the leadership of Governor Jerry Brown is emerging as the potential game-changer for global climate leadership. As the world’s 8th largest economy, the Golden State is well on its way to showing how to build a climate-friendly, green jobs-creating economy.
Governor Brown is also leading visionary pacts domestically with potent multi-state alliances with other governors––and internationally with China, Germany, Mexico, Quebec and British Columbia. It’s citizen diplomacy of the highest order at the sub-national level. One focus of the event will be on these sub-national initiatives and how to build resilience from the ground up and circumvent Beltway gridlock and greedlock.
Along with keynotes and panels, there will be a structured networking lunch to roll up your sleeves, make strategic connections in your sphere, and get work done.
We are honored to collaborate with long-time Bioneers ally and former California State Senator Tom Hayden, who has been reporting extensively for several years on this powerful phenomenon, and with Dan Jacobson of Environment California.
We’re in fast-forward confirming speakers, including visionary policy and government representatives. Confirmed so far are Tom Hayden, Paul Hawken, Andy Lipkis, David Orr, Tom Van Dyck, and Dan Jacobson. Visit our conference website for the latest details.
People's Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights
The other compelling addition is an interactive panel, “People's Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights: Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature's Rights," which will take place during the 4:30pm session on Sunday, October 19. Read more about Earth Tribunals »
Organized by Shannon Biggs of Global Exchange and others, the session will illuminate an emerging strategy for expanding rights for nature and limiting corporate rights through a series of globalocal tribunals.
Among the illustrious presenters will be our very old friend Vandana Shiva, Pennie Opal Plant of Canada’s powerful Idle No More aboriginal rights-based movement to stop Canada’s Tar Sands and fossil fuel development, and Osprey Orielle Lake, the amazing founder of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus. This session will be participatory and invite people to engage in future Tribunals.