Developing Food Resilience for Hard Times Ahead

In January, Ridge Shinn and Lynne Pledger joined us to discuss their new book, Grass-Fed Beef for a Post-Pandemic World.

While the last few tumultuous years have heightened uncertainties about our food supplies, there’s some good news coming out of the regenerative agriculture movement. Regenerative practices restore degraded land, increase soil productivity, sequester carbon and store water. These authors and practitioners explore how regenerative grazing can help build resilience in our food systems. Watch the recording here.

Redesigning Our Communities – Los Angeles

A series of virtual and in-person community events
in 6 locations in the U.S. and Canada

Our latest installment of Redesigning Our Communities for Life After Fossil Fuels took place on Saturday, January 21 with national and local speakers from Los Angeles. Check out the conference program and stay tuned for the recording and for our next event in Cleveland OH.

It’s time to scale way back, redesign how we’re living and roll up our sleeves to restore our ecosystems, biodiversity and connections with our neighbors. Join in on this event series to find your place in this transition.

Sweet in Tooth and Claw

In December, author Kristin Ohlson and restoration ecologist Jim Laurie shared their wisdom in Sweet In Tooth And Claw: Cooperation And Generosity In The Natural World.

They discussed Ohlson’s latest book, in which she explores the way symbiotic relationships between individuals and species fundamentally shapes our planet. In contrast to narratives of competition and dominance, understanding nature from a systems perspective can help us return to harmony and solidarity with other living beings that is crucial to restoring the Earth. View the recording now.

A New Generation of Change-Makers Reclaiming Ancestral Wisdom

We were honored to host Jess Alvarez-Parfrey, Nathan Lou, and William Wildcat (Coakí) for an exploration of ancestral connections, and transformative opportunities to nurture a truly regenerative, just, joyful, and climate resilient future. Bringing together diverse cultural backgrounds, skills, and experiences, our panel of practitioners shared their stories, and perspectives the theme of “regeneration” as it relates to our connection to place, purpose, and community.

View the recording of A New Generation of Change-Makers – Reclaiming Ancestral Wisdom now.

No Trees, No Rain: How Plants Move Water, Weather – And Cool the World

Droughts and flash floods are becoming a new normal in our warming world. What changed? Our landscapes are losing water as people alter the environment, cut trees, drain wetlands, and use chemicals that destroy the soil.

And we’re feeling the heat.

On October 21, we hosted Anastassia Makarieva, Jan Pokorny, Andrei Nefiodov, and Jon Schull to explore the ways we can support nature and a functioning water cycle to cool and rehydrate the Earth. View the recording now!

Youth EcoRestorers for Climate

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. Check out 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.

Drying Rivers & Drought: What We Can Do In Massachusetts

This July as Massachusetts, like many other parts of the world, reckoned with serious drought, we held a lecture to explore how we can address drought conditions on a local, regional, and global scale. Check out the recording and related resources here!

Drought warnings in Massachusetts are a stark reminder that we are part of a global climate system where warming trends are accelerating. Is there something we can learn from adding a global lens to our local and regional mitigation efforts? Danielle Dolan, Deputy Director of the Mass Rivers Alliance, and Beth Lambert, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, joined Slovakian hydrologist and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Michal Kravčík in conversation about our connection to the global water crisis. Dr. Kravčík introduced the new water paradigm, which explains the role of small water cycles and the importance of restoring them in urban, agricultural and forest settings to prevent drought and floods, and to cool the planet.

This discussion was the latest in our Life Saves the Planet lecture series with GBH Forum Network.

Rewilding Our Planet: Miyawaki Forest Talk at the Cambridge Public Library

This June, Hannah Lewis visited the Cambridge Public Library to discuss her recent book, Mini-Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World. Hannah was joined in conversation with Maya Dutta, project manager for the Danehy Park Miyawaki Forest planted in North Cambridge in September 2021. Together, they discussed the Miyawaki Method and the opportunities to use it to build cooler, greener, more resilient communities in Cambridge and beyond. Watch the event here!

Lewis offered a look into her book, in which she shares the stories of mini-forests that have sprung up across the globe and the people who are planting them―from a young forest along the concrete alley of the Beirut River in Lebanon, to a backyard forest planted by tiny-forest champion Shubhendu Sharma in India. Cambridge’s own Danehy Park is home to the first Miyawaki mini-forest in the northeastern United States.

Using The Miyawaki Method To Rapidly Rewild The World

On Monday, May 30 at 12pm ET, we welcomed Miyawaki method advocates Hannah Lewis and Daan Bleichrodt to talk about Miyawaki forests and their role in climate resilience, urban beautification, and connecting all of us to nature. Stay tuned for the forthcoming talk recording!

Hannah Lewis is the author of the upcoming book Mini Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World. Daan Bleichrodt has worked with IVN to lead the Tiny Forest movement in the Netherlands, working with children in establishing school forests through the country. They discussed the benefits and strategies to grow this movement and spread the Miyawaki method, a timely tool in building climate resilience and ecological knowledge as we face our environmental challenges.

Amazon Deforestation: Why it matters to us

This April, we hosted EcoRestoration Alliance members Atossa Soltani, Rob de Laet, and moderator Jon Schull for Amazon Deforestation: Why it matters to us. This is an essential discussion on the restoration that can repair this critical system of planetary regulation. If you didn’t catch it live, watch the recording here!

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? 

Arctic Meltdown: Why It Matters To Us

Does it seem as though the weather gods have gone crazy lately? It is not your imagination. The question on everyone’s minds is why? And is it related to climate change? In Arctic Meltdown: Why It Matters To Us, Dr. Jennifer Francis explains how increasing extreme weather events are connected with the rapidly warming and melting Arctic during recent decades. Check out the recording on the GBH Forum Network.

Evidence suggests that Arctic warming is causing weather patterns to become more persistent, which can lead to extremes such as prolonged droughts, cold spells, heat waves, snowy winters, and flooding events.  After her presentation, Dr. Francis took part in conversation with Heather Goldstone and answered audience questions.

Watch Dr. Francis’ presentation below:

Dr. Jennifer Francis’ interest in Arctic weather and climate was sparked by a summer spent sailing near Svalbard in her 20s. Throughout her career, she has pioneered the use of satellite data to understand the dramatic changes taking place in the Arctic, and how disproportionate warming there is affecting temperate regions on Earth—where billions of people live. Her groundbreaking work suggests that rapid Arctic warming may be linked to shifting weather patterns in North America and Eurasia, driving more persistent weather regimes that can generate periods of extreme temperature and/or precipitation.

Dr. Heather Goldstone oversees Woodwell Climate Research Center’s communications activities. She has extensive experience as both a scientist and a journalist, and is passionate about melding data and narrative in climate change stories that build awareness and inspire action. Dr. Goldstone came to Woodwell Climate from WGBH, where she founded and hosted a weekly science-focused radio show, Living Lab Radio. Previously, she wrote the Climatide blog about coastal communities facing climate change. Her extensive reporting on science and the environment has appeared in outlets ranging from Cape Cod Times and Commercial Fishery News to NPR’s Morning EditionThe Takeaway, and PBS News Hour

This presentation is the latest in our Life Saves the Planet lecture series. Watch the recording here!

Code Red at Glasgow: What Did They Miss?

This November, our mini-conference series on Nature’s Solutions as National Policy continued with a discussion on the Glasgow COP26 summit. We welcomed Andrew Revkin, Joseph Michael Hunt, and Dee Woods onto a panel to address where grassroots movements to protect and restore ecosystems factor into global plans for climate action. Read more and view the recording here!

Decolonizing Environmental Thought – with Fred Tutman

Fred Tutman joined our Life Saves the Planet lecture series on Monday, November 15 to discuss environmental movements and the importance of decolonizing our attitudes, actions, and leadership. Check out related resources and the talk recording on our GBH page.

As the planet faces existential threats from multiple sources, the people raising movements aimed at greening the planet must first learn how to discard ideals and notions about the environment founded upon capitalism, racism and classism. This will be a frank talk with case studies about how to build truly equitable, compelling and inclusive conservation movements by first unpacking and ground-truthing the inherent values behind the slogans, fundraising appeals and strategic aims of “insider” Green movements.

Fred Tutman is a grassroots community advocate for clean water in Maryland’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway. He holds the title of Patuxent Riverkeeper, sharing that name with the organization that he founded in 2004. He also lives and works on an active farm located near the Patuxent that has been his family’s ancestral home for nearly a century. 

Prior to Riverkeeping, Fred spent nearly 25 years working as a media producer and consultant on telecommunications assignments all over the globe, including a long stint working with and advising traditional healers in West Africa and coverage of the Falkands conflict in Argentina on assignment for the BBC. After a late life sojourn into law school, in addition to his duties as a Waterkeeper, Fred also teaches and advises in the Graduate Studies program of Goddard College in Plainfield Vermont and has also taught classes in Environmental Law and Policy at various Colleges, Universities and Law Schools.

In his spare time, he does trail maintenance on the Appalachian Trail when not exploring the Patuxent River by kayak. Fred is the recipient of numerous regional and state awards for his various environmental works on behalf of communities. He is among the longest serving Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake region and the sole African-American Waterkeeper in the nation.

How Biodiversity Loss Fuels Pandemics – with Felicia Keesing

Dr. Felicia Keesing joined our Life Saves the Planet lecture series to discuss biodiversity loss and its impacts on health. As a biologist at Bard College, Keesing studies the consequences of interactions among species, particularly as biodiversity declines. She described what we know about the sources of new human diseases, and the potentially surprising role of biodiversity loss in fueling new outbreaks.

If you couldn’t join for the discussion live on October 18, you can tune into the recording, which will be posted shortly on our GBH page.

COVID-19 is one of hundreds of infectious diseases of humans that have emerged in the past 75 years. Many of these diseases have something in common — they are “zoonotic”, meaning that they are caused by pathogens that can be shared between humans and other vertebrate animals. But does this mean that animals are dangerous to us? Do areas rich in wildlife diversity serve as hotspots for disease emergence, and if so, what should we do about it? Keesing will describe what we know about the sources of new human diseases, and the surprising role of biodiversity loss in fueling new outbreaks.

Counting Down to Restoring Earth: How Do We Get There?

Ecosystem Restoration Camps, in partnership with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, hosted a symposium on the steps we need to take to restore the earth over the next several years. The event featured speakers Daniel Wahl, John D. Liu, Precious Phiri, and Jim Laurie with opening remarks from Tim Christophersen from the UN Environment Program. Watch the Video.

Where Do We Go From Here: Preparing our Movements for the Next Four Years, hosted by Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA)

MAPA hosted a virtual gathering of leaders from the Massachusetts peace, climate, and racial and economic justice movements to discuss what comes next in our fight for a better future. We are participants in a global struggle where our voice is needed to grow understanding that peace and justice are not possible without abundance, that pandemics cannot be avoided without biodiverse and healthy habitats, and that regenerating the natural world is essential if any of our other struggles are to succeed. We put together the breakout session Managing the Anthropocene and Stopping Pandemics Before They Start. View event details.

The Ecology of Care

Author Didi Pershouse discusses the relationships between human and planetary health and her new book The Ecology of Care as part of our Life Saves the Planet lecture series. Watch the video.

Tar Sands Songbook: Memory, Music, and Oil

Tar Sands Songbook, a documentary performance about music, memory and oil, will be performed by Tanya Kalmanovitch, viola, with Ted Reichman, accordion, on April 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Harvard-Epworth Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. All proceeds will benefit the Better Future Project and Biodiversity for a Livable Climate. View event details.

Hope for a Livable Climate

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Hope for a Livable Climate: The Promise of Restorative Grazing & Other Ecological Innovations to Regenerate Soil, Secure Food & Water, Revive Rural Economies and Reverse Global Warming

View event details.