Descriptions of the panels are at the bottom of the page.



Presenters: President Mary Robinson, Ireland; President Ricardo Lagos, Chile; Christina Hollenback (chair, NEXUS Working Group toward Equal Justice), Michael Terrell, Head of Energy Market Development, Google; Lisa Jackson, VP of Environment and Policy, Apple Inc. and fmr. EPA Administrator (invited); Hindou Omarou Ibrahim, Coordinator, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad; Mark Correnti, Managing Director Investments, Shine Campaign; Cardinal Turkson (invited);  Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization, Hip Hop Caucus (invited); Dr. Rev. Gerald Durley, Interfaith Power and Light


Technology Deployment for a Low Carbon Economy: Creating a Just and Dignified Sustainable Future

Are green technologies “good” simply because they’re green even if they reinforce existing economic or social inequalities?  Do these new green technologies run the risk of creating a new class of the super-rich whilst asking others to sacrifice their own development goals for the sake of the planet?




Presenters: Arhuaco elder Calixto Suarez & Dakota/Lakota elder, Grandfather Woableza


Voices of our Elders from the North and South: Indigenous Perspectives on How to Walk in Harmony with the Earth

Arhuaco elder Calixto Suarez joins us from the Sierra Nevada mountains of Santa Marta, Colombia to share his vital teachings about how to walk more harmoniously upon the Earth. Calixto will be joined by Dakota/Lakota elder, Grandfather Woableza to share his perspective on the current state of Mother Earth, and how we can move forward together toward restoration and healing. Calixto and Woableza will also be joined by Earth Custodian Adam Yellowbird DeArmon to share about the importance of restoring and protecting our local Sacred Sites. 




Presenters: TBD


Just Transition: Reclaiming Our Future

Just Transition is a new term, but to most of our Indigenous peoples, it is understood, first by our heart, and secondly by our mind. Just Transition is a framework and a set of principles to ensure that while we are stopping the "bad", we are also building the "new". In Indigenous thought, Just Transition is a healing process of understanding historical trauma, internalized oppression, and de-colonization so that we build a just world. It is lifting up Original Instructions, honoring and implementing Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge to solve our greatest social and environmental challenges like Climate Change.




Presenters: Finian Makepeace, Louie Schwartzberg, Katharine Wilkinson, Neal Speakman, Rachel Parent, Leila Salazar-Lopez, Tom Goldtooth


Is sustainability ahead of its time? Humanity becoming regenerative.

They say, "there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come". As the people of the world prepare to tackle our biggest challenges ever (climate change, drought, desertification, flooding, water shortages, food shortages), there is a new view emerging that just might allow us to take on these issues and overcome them. Albert Einstein said, "we can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them". He was right. Becoming more sustainable is not a different kind of thinking. Doing less harm to a world that we've already severely degraded is not going to cut it. But, we can think and act regeneratively. From rebuilding soil to restoring water cycles, to drawing down carbon rather than just reducing how much we emit, regeneration is a hopeful idea with real tangible results.

Featuring a diverse group of experts, this panel will focus on how we can and why we must become regenerative.



Over the last 15 years, Climbing PoeTree has inspired thousands through their award-winning multimedia performances, soul-stirring spoken, conscious hip-hop, world music, visionary artistry, sustainable touring, and community organizing. Co-creators Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman have independently organized more than 30 national and international tours, taking their work from South Africa to Cuba, Scotland to Mexico, England to India, and throughout the U.S. including 11,000 miles toured on a bus converted to run on recycled vegetable oil.

Climbing PoeTree has stirred crowds at diverse venues from the United Nations to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harvard University to Rikers Island Prison. They have been featured alongside powerhouses such as Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Little Dragon, Talib Kweli, Maxwell, Madonna, Rising Appalachia, Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Cornel West, Naomi Klein, and Angela Davis, who remarked,

“Each time I have the pleasure of attending a performance by Climbing PoeTree, I feel enriched, renewed, and inspired. Alixa and Naima insist that poetry can change the world—and it is true that the urgency, power, and beauty of their words impel us to keep striving for the radical futures toward which they gesture.





Presenters: TBD


Sky Protectors: Fighting False Climate Solutions

The climate is changing faster today than it ever has before in human memory. Hurricanes are bigger, stronger, and more frequent, the sea level is rising, wildfires are devastating communities across the country, and agriculture is increasingly affected by changing rainfall patterns. Yet, instead of focusing on how to protect humanity from the threats of climate change, governments and corporations are advocating for solutions that do not cut emissions at the source but rather allow fossil fuel companies to continue to extract, pollute, and harm Indigenous communities  Come learn why mechanisms such as REDD+, Carbon Pricing, and Cap and Trade will not solve our climate crisis.


The Wisdom Council is a gathering of elders and mentors from diverse traditions and lineages coming together to share their knowledge and guidance with the Symposium. The focus of this particular Council is Indigenous Response to Climate Change. This Council will be facilitated by Chris Deckker, founder of Earthdance and OneDome.





PresentersSamai Gualinga, Communications Coordinator from Sarayaku (TBC) Indigenous leader from Indonesia (TBC); Cyril Kormos, Vice-President for Policy at the WILD Foundation and IUCN WCPA Vice-Chair for World Heritage


Primary Forests: Key to Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation

Primary forests, particularly intact tropical forests, serve a critical role in regulating global weather patterns and sequestering carbon dioxide. Tropical rainforests also house about half of the world’s biodiversity and are home to hundreds of indigenous peoples and traditional communities. These peoples have been stewards of their lands for millennia, but their forest territories face increasing pressure from industrial development and agribusiness. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10% of global warming pollution, portending grave consequences for our climate and for the rights and cultures of those who call them home.


This panel will feature indigenous leaders from Ecuador and Indonesia who will speak to their communities’ conservation efforts, scientists who will provide the latest research on forest degradation, and analysts who will explore policy mechanisms through which to advance forest protection and land rights.





PresentersRyan Allard; Crystal Chissell; Katharine Wilkinson


Drawdown: A Blueprint of Possibility

“Drawdown” is that point in time when atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases begin to decline on a year-to-year basis. Project Drawdown is a nonprofit and global coalition united by a singular goal: to reach drawdown and reverse global warming. We analyze the potential of solutions already in hand, amplify humanity’s ongoing efforts and collective wisdom, and advance the understanding, imagination, and conviction needed to make possibility a reality.


This session will explore Drawdown's blueprint of possibility to reverse global warming, diverse efforts taking root worldwide, and key questions and opportunities that arise from this work.



Flipping the Script on Climate Change

The climate crisis we face today is horribly real, yet even those who recognize its severity adopt rhetoric, strategy, and  policies that intensify the deep cultural stories that contribute to the crisis. This talk explores climate change as an initiation into a new and ancient way of seeing the world and ourselves, inviting a transition that goes all the way to the bottom.




Presenter: Amanda Joy Ravenhill, David McConville, Gregory Landua


A Systems Thinking Workshop w/ Buckminster Fuller Institute

We will explore the principles of living systems that can inspire a future that works for 100% of humanity. First, we will 'ReOrient' by exploring visualizations of our Spaceship Earth and it flows' (where is energy being produced and used, where emissions are being exhaled (emitted) and inhaled (sequestered), where are people migrating, what are trends and resources we should be tracking). Second, we will 'ReGenius' to awaken the innate systems thinking skills that people have through hands-on model building. Third and finally, we will 'ReGenerate', by doing storytelling around the on-the-ground projects that exemplify systems thinking in the world. It will be a full and fruitful 60-90 minutes.