Opening and final closing of plenaries by R. CARLOS NAKAI
- The world’s premier performer of the Native American flute, of Navajo-Ute heritage, will open and close the conference with spontaneous music fitted to the energy.
Restoration Nation Theater | 12:25pm, Sun
with Rachel Barge
Restoration Nation Theater | 10:55am, Sun
The piercing internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet of social change peforms her original spoken-word tour-de-force.
Restoration Nation Theater | 9:50am, Sun
The esteemed Oakland-based multicultural youth dance and performance troupe always gets standing ovations. It’s the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Arts Company!
Restoration Nation Theater | 11:35am, Sun
by Paul Hawken.
Paul Hawken is a visionary social entrepreneur, the award-winning author of multiple landmark books includingBlessed Unrest, The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism (co-author), and the Co-Founder of OneSun, a radically innovative solar energy technology company.
Restoration Nation Theater | 11:45am, Sun
by Ethan Nadelmann.
Introduction by Jodie Evans, Co-Founder CODEPINK: Women for Peace
The world’s leading proponent of sane drug policies will ask us to imagine a world in which criminal laws and institutions play little role in drug control policy. What do we risk? What do we gain? What do we fear? And what can we do? Ethan Nadelmann is the Founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the failed “War on Drugs” and its extreme racial injustices, social harms and costs.
Restoration Nation Theater | 11:05am, Sun
One of the nation’s most effective and dynamic young labor leaders will present the vision of Caring Across Generations, a new national coalition of 200 advocacy organizations working together for a dignified quality of life for all Americans. Its purpose is to transform some of our most fundamental social and economic challenges — jobs, long-term care and immigration — into opportunities for innovation and solutions that benefit everyone. Selected in 2012 as one of Time’s 100 most influential global leaders, Ai-jen Poo is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, working to give domestic workers basic workers’ rights, and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations.
Restoration Nation Theater | 10:00am, Sun
This award-winning author, biologist and specialist on environmental health will explore the threats to climate and public health from extreme energy extraction including hydraulic fracturing (fracking). From strip-mining of frack sand in Wisconsin which releases carcinogenic silica dust into the air — to the deep-well injection of fracking waste in Ohio which has been linked to earthquakes — these new methods of blasting hydrocarbons from the earth are shock-and-awe operations. Of particular interest in this talk are the living organisms that inhabit Earth’s deep geological strata. Far from being inert, our nation’s bedrock is an underground “coral reef” of microbes, another invisible ecosystem that’s linked in ways not yet fully understood to life here on the sunlit surface of our planet. Sandra Steingraber is a Ph.D. biologist, author and 2011 recipient of the Heinz Award for her research and writing on environmental health. She donated the $100,000 cash prize to the fight against hydraulic fracturing, convening the grassroots coalition New Yorkers Against Fracking. In 2010, her book Living Downstream on the environmental links to cancer was released as a documentary film. Her most recent book is Raising Elijah: Protecting Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.
Restoration Nation Theater | 9:20am, Sun