Scenario 300

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Let’s pull carbon out of the atmosphere and bring down the higher temperatures brought about by global warming – safely, inexpensively, low-tech, with a broad range of benefits.

It was a great conference!  Video links are directly beneath the title of each presentation, below.

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Scenario 300: Making Climate Cool!

With our deep gratitude for dedicated ongoing support from the very beginning from the

and generous support from our lead conference sponsor, Regeneration International!

Sunday, April 30, 2017
the day after the People’s Climate March

8:30 – 5:00, Washington, DC

At the offices of Steptoe & Johnson LLP
1330 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036-1795
Nearest Metro: Dupont Circle on the Red Line
Conference website:

While reducing greenhouse gas pollution from energy production, transportation and unsustainable agriculture practices is critical, Scenario 300 is a strategy for going from a dangerous 406 ppm (parts per million) to a safer 300 ppm of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. By regenerating healthy ecosystems, including soils, along with managing local water cycles, we can reverse our disastrous climate course. During this inspiring and informative conference, we will discuss how to rapidly move carbon out of the skies and use it to support a diversity of life both above and below ground.

8:30 a.m. – Registration, Coffee, and Conversation

Note: Breaks will be brief.

9:00 – Welcome and Overview


Philip Bogdonoff, Director, Washington DC Chapter, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
Adam Sacks, Executive Director, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

9:15 – Back to 300 (Nature Wants to be Wet and Cool)


Many strategies exist for taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and rehydrating the continents.   Jim Laurie will review a broad vision of the potential for each ecosystem to be restored and to sequester carbon, building a graphic showing the global potential and timescale.
Jim Laurie, Restoration Ecologist, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

9:45 – Regenerative Farming


Farmers have the potential to be the front-line heroes in the quest to reverse global warming. They manage a “technology” for massive planetary geotherapy that is tried and tested and available for widespread dissemination right now. It costs little and is adaptable to local contexts the world over. It can be rolled out tomorrow providing multiple benefits beyond climate stabilization. It’s farming the way the Earth does – with water, soil, land, clean air, and a stable climate. It’s farming like human health, animal health, and ecosystem health matter. It’s farming in a way that restores and even improves on soil’s natural ability to hold carbon. By emphasizing whole systems  — and food systems functioning as a whole — farmers can increase productivity while healing the planet.
Kris Nichols, Chief Scientist, Rodale Institute

10:20 – Q&A with Jim and Kris


10:30 – Break

10:45 – Agriculture and Land Management


Restorative land management includes regenerative grazing and agricultural practices that build healthy soils and support a diversity of life above and below ground.  It applies to a range of settings, from urban to rural, and from small to large-acreage farms and ranches. Managing for ecosystem health brings a host of co-benefits, ranging from the production of more nutritious foods to increasing resilience against droughts and floods to building local economies and stronger communities.
Panel moderator: Gina Angiola, Deputy Director, DC Chapter, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
* Margaret Morgan-Hubbard — ECO City Farms
* Ed Huling — New Day Farms
* Cleo Braver — Cottingham Farm
* Nick Maravell — Nick’s Organic Farm

Q&A with Panelists



Noon – Organic Lunch (included with registration)

1:00 – New Water Paradigm Introduction


Our conventional view of water for decades has been to send it out to the oceans as quickly as possible. A new water paradigm developed by Michal Kravcik and colleagues explains why it’s so important to keep water where it lands on the ground for as long as possible. This simple shift in water management can make a dramatic difference in the course of global warming.
Adam Sacks, Executive Director, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

1:20 – The Small Water Cycle as a Climate Tool


Healthy soils and water cycles are closely intertwined. Opportunities abound to restore fresh and saltwater wetlands, and to manage urban, suburban and rural water flows in ways that help cool the planet. Nature has fascinating and powerful systems for water cycling; working WITH nature is vital to restoring healthy biodiverse ecosystems, to building resilient communities, and to cooling our human environment. Examples include small and large water cycles, the role of animals like beavers in restoration efforts, human engineering strategies at local, state, national, and international levels, wetland restoration, and living shoreline programs.
Panel moderator: Charlene Johnston, Washington DC Chapter, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
   * Dan Medina, PhD, PE, D.WRE – Senior Engineer, Limnotech
   * Emily Landis – The Nature Conservancy
   * Claudio Ternieden – Water Environment Federation

Q&A with Panelists


2:30 – Break

2:45 – Food Forests and Permaculture


Perennial food systems can play a vital role in developing sustainable food supplies while restoring ecosystems. Food forests work WITH nature to restore carbon, water, and nutrient cycles, optimizing food production while minimizing requirements for external inputs. New food options abound and can be grown in back yards and local communities. Permaculture principles have broad application to building resilient communities.
Lincoln Smith & Ben Friton of Forested

Q&A with Lincoln and Ben

3:30 – Community and Movement Leaders: Legislation, Advocacy, and What Can I Do?


There are many ways to participate in this transformative movement to build sustainable, healthy, resilient communities and to restore ecosystem function. From engaging elected officials, to using your wallet to support regenerative/restorative activities, to transforming your own front or back yard to sequester more carbon, to growing your own food. All of us have a role – or many roles – to play in reversing global warming, restoring ecosystem health and ultimately cooling the planet to a safe average temperature.
Panel moderator: Tod Wickersham, Washington DC Chapter, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
   *  Paul Tukey, Author, Organic Lawn Care Manual, Chief Sustainability Officer,
Glenstone Museum
   *  Alexis Baden-Mayer, Esq., Political Director, Regeneration International and Organic
Consumers Association
   *  Ling Tan, founding member of —Safe Grow Montgomery
   *  Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director, Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Fair Farms

Note: Author Paul Tukey will be available to sign books at the end of the conference.

Q&A with Panelists


4:30 – Community Conversation and Concluding Remarks