On Thursday, October 6 at 3pm ET, we are joining the Cambridge Science Festival’s climate hub to share insights on ecosystem restoration, urban rewilding, and Miyawaki Forests. Come by for Wholehearted Regeneration: Boosting Communal and Climate Resilience One Pocket Forest at a Time with Maya Dutta, Bio4Climate’s Assistant Director of Regenerative Projects.
She will discuss the Miyawaki method of reforestation and the ways that forestscaping and integrating nature in urban environments can bolster ecological resilience as well as spreading hope and empowerment to local communities. Read more and register here!
Course fee: $240; if you’re on a tight budget, a sliding scale is available at checkout.
In Biodiversity 7: Rewilding Half the Earth to Create a Future We Want, Jim Laurie will lead students in examining restorative possibilities such as protecting half the earth, creating mini-forests using the Miyawaki method, and increasing wetlands.
Beginning Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the course meets for two hours at 12pm and 7pm ET every Wednesday, to accommodate multiple time zones. Read more and register here!
Youth leaders across the globe are advocating for people and the planet in various ways including on-the-ground ecosystem restoration, artivism, and promotion of regenerative agriculture.
On September 17, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate hosted three youth leaders from Colombia, the United States, and Brazil to amplify their stories of regeneration and environmental advocacy. Stay tuned for the event recording to hear what inspired these leaders to join the climate movement and how they’re making a difference for their communities and the Earth.
It’s time to scale way back, redesign how we’re living and roll up our sleeves to restore our ecosystems, soil, biodiversity and connections with our neighbors.
Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is partnering with the Post Carbon Institute and many local community groups to bring you a series of events on transitioning our communities to manage our ecological crises. In our inaugural event in September, we joined local community hosts — the Montgomery County Racial Equity (MORE) Network and Impact Silver Spring, to share expertise, resources, and actionable solutions to build resilience for these rapidly changing times. We continue this work in November in Kansas City, MO and in four installments around the U.S. and Canada after that.
As we learn and take action on how to live within the Earth’s limits, it’s vital that we co-invent and redesign our new lifestyles together with all members of our communities, especially looking to those with expertise on how to be resilient. Let’s include everyone in the conversation, the plans, and the funding. We must move forward by coming together, learning from one another, and supporting each other as we strengthen our resilience and face the challenges ahead.
Here are the many ways you can participate right now:
On Wednesday, August 17 at 6pm ET, agronomist Tony Rinaudo joined environmental journalist Judy Schwartz in conversation to share about a reforestation method called Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR). More than an effective, low cost, rapid and scalable method of land and environmental restoration, FMNR is restoring livelihoods and food security across tens of thousands of communities and in the process, restoring hope.
The Amazon Rainforest is known as the “lungs of the earth” because it draws in carbon dioxide and breathes out oxygen. But it is also the biological heart of the planet’s hydroclimate system, the planet’s rain making machine. We have lost almost 20% of the forest and are close to reaching a tipping point where it will turn to grassland. What will that mean for us, and how can we prevent the dieback? Register here to catch this essential discussion on the restoration that can repair this critical system of planetary regulation.
Course fee: $200; if you’re on a tight budget, a sliding scale is available at checkout.
In Heat Planet: Restore Ecosystems – Restore Climate, Christopher Haines will lead students on an exploration of the sources of heat and climate disruption, and the ways that local action can significantly improve local climates. The course will empower us to take on the cooling and re-greening actions necessary to rebalance local, regional, and eventually global climate.
Beginning Wednesday, May 4, 2022, the course meets for two hours at 9am and 7pm ET every Wednesday, to accommodate multiple time zones. Read more and register here!
On Monday, March 28 at 6pm ET, our Life Saves the Planet speaker series continues with a panel on Introducing the EcoRestoration Alliance. Jon Schull, John D. Liu, Ilse Koehler-Rollefson and Valer Clark will describe the groundbreaking new alliance that aims to advance the global case for regeneration through cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary partnership.
This April, Fred Jennings will begin two new courses in ecological economics – Social Solutions: Making Systems More Resilient and Horizonal Thinking: Toward a New Economics. Students will explore the economic paradigms that make social and ecological problems so intractable and the alternatives that could sustain a future of ecological integrity and abundance.
On Monday, March 28 at 12pm ET, join us for a preview session on the courses’ content by registering here!
In Horizonal Thinking: Toward a New Economics, Fred Jennings will focus on planning horizons and explain his approach to an ecological economics based on favoring collaboration over competition. Students will examine why and how our society has evolved toward the destruction of our ecological life-support systems, and how we might change our economic culture to protect ourselves against this destruction.
In Social Solutions: Making Systems More Resilient, Fred Jennings will focus on developing a working group of people who are ready to engage in ecological economics and to address social problems creatively and intelligently. Students will develop their practical analytical skills by examining our failing democratic processes and our fisheries management systems.
On Saturday March 19 at 10 am ET we held the latest installment in our Nature’s Solutions as National Policy conference series, Code Red Water: Two Global Perspectives. Atossa Soltani and Michal Kravcik discussed how improved water management can support functioning water cycles to meet the needs of living systems and cool the planet.
Join us for this online course on the connections between human, animal, and planet health. The course will consist of 8 classes and be held live on Zoom, beginning March 2, 2022 and ending on April 27, 2022 (with no class on March 30th). Read more and register here.
This Fall, we are running our Cool the Earth: Green the Planet campaign to sponsor our upcoming courses, conferences, speaker series, and other education, advocacy, and rewilding work. Thanks to a generous matching grant for this time, all one-time donations will be doubled, and monthly donations will be tripled! There’s just one week left, so join in now!
Planting day for our first Miyawaki Forest in Cambridge (and the Northeast) on Saturday, September 25 went beautifully. On a day predicted to hold thunderstorms, the sun shone down as volunteers gathered to put this historic forest in the ground. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to this project! Read more about the Miyawaki Forest and stay tuned for more photos, video footage of the planting, and updates on its progress.
This Fall, we are answering new questions about our transition to a more secure and abundant future with an Introduction to Ecological Economics course. Fred Jennings, our Ecological Economist at Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, is offering this 8-week course on Thursdays, starting on Thursday October 14th. There will be two sessions each week, from 12 – 2 pm ET and 7 – 9 pm ET for students to join. Read more about the course and register here!
Biodiversity V, which takes a deeper dive into forest ecosystems, is starting on October 6, 2021. The course will focus on maximizing photosynthesis and balancing the carbon cycle to cool the climate.
It will run for twelve consecutive Wednesdays, with choice of afternoon (1-3 pm EST) or evening classes (7-9 pm EST). It builds his on past courses on Biodiversity and Symbiosis, but new folks of all levels are always welcome.
Biodiversity IV: Fungi & Forests begins on June 16, 2021 and runs for twelve consecutive Wednesdays through September 1st, with choice of afternoon (12-2 pm EST) or evening classes (7-9 pm EST). You are welcome to join at any time during the course. Jim will send you class notes and home study opportunities every week. A certificate of completion will be available for those who want it. Details and link to register are here.
Planting day for the Cambridge Miyawaki Forest is Saturday, September 25, 2021, gathering around 9:30 a.m. with planting starting at 10 a.m. We will work in two shifts with a break for lunch, finishing at around 2:30 p.m. If you’d like to volunteer to help plant trees, shrubs and other things, please contact Maya Dutta at email@example.com.
Biodiversity III: Mastering the Water Cycle begins on February 3, 2021 and runs for twelve consecutive Wednesdays through April 21st, with choice of afternoon (1-3 pm EST) or evening classes (7-9 pm EST). Jim will send you class notes and home study opportunities every week. A certificate of completion will be available for those who want it. Register here.
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