Just released: dive into six of our 2013 sessions that explored the causes, messaging and implications of climate change. After this weekend's revelation that the cancellation of the Environmental Desk at the New York Times decreased reporting of climate change by one third, I think we can definitively say that, indeed, the media has failed us in reporting climate change.
Listen to some leading environmental journalists discuss the topic in Beyond Extreme Weather: Has the Media Failed Us in Reporting Climate Change? Other topics include urban resiliency, creative messaging for climate change, the science behind the phenomenon, an empowering story of a global group of women who banded together to fight the effects of extreme weather and more. See all the sessions below and stay tuned as we continue to release content!
Clear and compelling communication strategies are integral to branding and marketing, conveying responsible business practices and engaging a core community. At this year's SXSW Eco we're hosting a wealth of thought leaders who will share their secrets to successful communication. Learn, get inspired and gain valuable connections–Register now to attend SXSW Eco 2013!
Positive Propaganda: Creative Media to Nudge Social Change: Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer, founders of SHFT.org, will discuss how creative forms of media can catalyze the environmental movement.
The Science of Inspiring Good Behavior: Morgan Clendeniel, Editor of Fast.Co.Exist and Dave Schiff, CCO of Made Movement join experts from Seventh Generation and Vizeum Americas to reveal how communication can effect true behavior change and encourage better, more sustainable lifestyles.
Across the nation education paradigms are shifting to include sustainability and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Today more and more universities are offering a wider selection of majors to choose from within the environmental sector - from sustainable management to energy economics to environmental science to agricultural economics. Additionally grade schools are partnering up with local nonprofits to offer students the opportunity to take part in semester-long research projects and internship-like opportunities, preparing them for careers in STEM. Through educating the youth we can ensure that our work towards building a sustainable world continues. This year at Eco we are thrilled to host a number of education experts that will share case studies of how they are working to build the next innovators and problem-solvers.
Engaging Youth in Green Innovation: Youth today are creatively leveraging available resources to become technology and green innovators. This session brings together representatives from the White House Office of Science & Technology, National Instruments, IEEE, and Numerics to highlight the types of rewarding challenges and competitions inspiring the new wave of green leaders.
Awakening the Hope: Dialogue on Climate Change: How can we bridge the gap between the past and present and ensure that today’s youth understand the detrimental consequences of climate change and the ways to prevent or reverse its effects? This panel serves as a forum for intergenerational and cultural dialogue on climate change.
Experts from the fields of technology, design, energy and more have been exploring the value of harnessing big data to reveal key insights in their fields. At SXSW Eco, big data is a theme that resonates throughout all of our tracks. Experts in policy and activism, technology, design, energy and more will lead thought provoking panels and straight-to-the-point discussions on the power of big data. Check out just a few examples:
How do you inform, educate and empower not just specialists but ordinary citizens too? Can visualizing carbon emissions in engaging, yet accurate ways be helpful? This panel will explore global movements by organizations such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and C40, who last year release a dynamic infographic showcasing data from cities around the world.
This straight to the point in our design track will feature George Oates, Art Director for Stamen Design. George will explore and demonstrate some key projects in the area of scientific and environmental data visualization and raise challenges that organizations face in revealing their data.
The urbanization of our planet is occurring more rapidly than ever before: by 2030 roughly two-thirds of the globe, or 5 billion people, will reside in cites. Alongside the obvious host of problems (overcrowding, overconsumption, lack of resources and adequate infrastructure, etc.,) this new urban world also presents a wealth of opportunity, including raising populations out of poverty, creating denser, more efficient cities, and improving quality of life for citizens across the globe. This year at Eco, cities are a huge topic of conversation–from increasing resilience to increasing food production to increasing citizen engagement through public art. The inspiring thing about the urban environment is that everyone can potentially change it; these sessions and special events aren't just for professionals, they also demonstrate what ordinary citizens are doing across the globe to better their city.
How to Futureproof Cities: The Director of Resilience for NYC joins this panel of experts to discuss how cities can utilize their natural resources and existing infrastructure to gear up against the increasingly scary effects of climate change.
Place by Design: What makes a livable city? This design competition showcases innovative projects that transform public space to make it more useful, interactive and better for residents. View the visionary entries here and see the 15 finalists in October.
Food in the City: Designing a Healthy Food Future: Food deserts lack access to fresh produce and are found in every city. This session brings together a group of citizen activists (including opening remarks speaker Ron Finley) to highlight innovative initiatives bringing good food to urban areas.
Urban Ecosystems: Design by Nature: Urban Designers are now considering the built environment a part of nature and designing accordingly. Learn about this revolutionary new wave of thinking through the case study of the Bullit Center, the first zero-impact commercial center.
IT vs Infrastructure in Developing the Smart City of the Future Internet is a critical component of urban life and rapid urbanization is challenging for networks. This session shares how IBM and others are developing solutions for "Smart Cities."
City as Living Laboratory: Sustainability Made Tangible through the Arts: Renowned environmental artist Mary Miss shares how public art can educate and spur citizen action through collaborations between artists, scientists and planners.
The above is a small sample of the great urban programming we have in the works. Log in to your SXSW account now to create your personal schedule for SXSW Eco. Haven't registered yet? Buy a badge today and book your hotel while they last.
At SXSW Eco you’ll meet people you’ll never meet anywhere else in the United States. Ursula Rakova of the Climate Wise Women is one of those people. Ursula is from the tiny island atoll called the Carterets, east of Papua New Guinea, and she is leading 3500 members of her community off of their sinking islands to mainland Papua. Ursula was featured in the 2011 Academy Award-nominated documentary film “Sun Come Up”. At SXSW Eco you’ll hear the heroic story of how she is saving her people and preserving their culture, as the Carteret Islanders become the first climate change migrants of the 21st century.
Carbon Visuals lives by the sea in Devon, England and believes that the core reason for human society’s indifference to climate change is that greenhouse gases are invisible. SXSW Eco is delighted to welcome back Antony to share news of specific examples of the emission reductions that can be achieved when the world’s megacities take action together to communicate their carbon stories and aspirations. New York is just one city in a global movement led by organizations such as the Carbon Disclosure Project and C40 who last year in partnership, released a dynamic infographic showcasing data from cities around the world. This groundbreaking project educates and empowers not just specialists but ordinary citizens as well.Antony Turner, CEO of
Antony is joined by a high-powered panel including Jenna Tatum, Coordinator of New York City Mayor's Carbon Challenge; Seth Schultz, Research Director with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; Conor Riffle, Head of Cities Program at Carbon Disclosure Project and Moderator Mica Vehik, Communications Director with the Environmental Defense Fund on "Making Carbon Visible in Cities". Register now for SXSW Eco 2013 to discover the pioneering ideas leading us to a more resilient future.
The past 24 hours have witnessed multiple historic political gains, from the steps of our State Capitol to the nation's highest court. Not to be overlooked, however, was the first-ever Presidential address on climate change, which occurred yesterday afternoon at Georgetown University. Obama pledged to make climate change a major priority for his administration in his second term and outlined a plan to reduce carbon emissions, boost energy efficiency in buildings and support renewable energy. Perhaps most importantly, the President bypassed Congress and issued an executive order to the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. While the speech didn't address all pressing concerns–he stayed mum on a decision about KeystoneXL, for instance, and lauded natural gas–yesterday marks a historic milestone in climate change history. Citing the future generations, Obama steadfastly refused to tolerate those policymakers who continue to question science, stating ""We don't have time for a meeting of the flat earth society."
Read more about Obama's historic speech at The Guardian, support Obama's climate plan with Sierra Club and learn all about the climate change programming we're lining up for October, where this will undoubtedly be a central topic of discussion among our experts.
SXSW Eco 2013, these Climate Wise Women will share their stories of leadership forged in the crucible of severe climate change impacts. Discover the power and inspiration of the determination of women to save their communities and lead them to a better future.Meet Constance Okollet, peasant farmer from Eastern Uganda; Sharon Hanshaw, former beautician from Biloxi, Mississippi; Ulamila Kurai Wragg, Cook Island journalist; Thilmeeza Hussain, ex-Climate Change emissary to the UN for the Maldives; Ursula Rakova, leader of a mass migration effort for 3500 Carteret islanders onto mainland Papua New Guinea; and Ngozi Onuzo, youth organizer from Nigeria. At
Our 2013 session themes define the programming that will inspire and educate you in October. Although scientists have warned us about its effects for years, Climate Change has made a striking impact in recent years. Our Climate Change program hosts scientists, activists and those most affected by our changing global landscape. The discussions fostered in these sessions are integral in our search for new solutions to carbon emissions and ending the politicization of a scientific truth. Topics include environmental justice, resource conservation, scientific analysis and public engagement. Represented organizations include the Hip Hop Caucus, Center for Environmental Health, NAACP, the University of Colorado, Sierra Club, Ceres, Change.org and many, many more to come. Visit our Climate Change sessions page to view the developing lineup, and don't forget to register to attend by this Friday, June 28 to save $150 off the walkup rate!