Stephen Dann via Flickr If you've been reading the news the past couple weeks, you've seen a healthy dose of doom and gloom. The honeybees are giving up, the whole continent of Asia is suffering from extreme heat waves, and the IPCC is set to double its estimates of sea-level rise in its forthcoming report. To pick you all up, we thought it'd be a great time to mention some of the sessions at this year's event that tell us 'All is Not Lost!' There are amazing people doing amazing things to improve the human condition and we're lucky to have a LOT of them at Eco this year. Here are just a few sessions that make lemonade out of global catastrophe.
Turning Flood Waters into Liquid Assets - Gensler's Rives Taylor teaches us how a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy can fill a glass half full.
So This Climate Walks Into a Bar: Why Humor and Storytelling Matter in the Fight for the Planet - Grist's Chip Giller has made a career out of making light of somber issues. In this talk he'll tell you how having a positive attitude can make all the difference.
Hunger Solutions: Feeding 10 Billion People - 10 billion is going to take a lot of breakfast tacos, but scientists and companies are doing amazing things like 3D printing food and growing test tube meat.
Stir It Up: Brownies + Social Mission + Solar Energy - Sometimes all it takes is an open mind. Learn how Green Mountain Energy, the Whole Planet Foundation, and Greystone Bakery formed an unlikely partnership that's making the world happier (and more delicious).
Technology and Conservation: It’s not just for people anymore - WWF has some really cool programs going on like partnerships with tech giants such as Google. This is a game changer for wildlife conservation that's opening up some exciting new possibilities
The Future of Urban Farming: Grow More with Less - For those who live in Austin, you're probably aware of some of the great urban farms and projects like Food is Free. This session has a lot of the folks at the center of the movement.
Making Waves: Solving Marine Plastic Pollution - Nobody likes running into a plastic bag on the beach. It's a big issue and it's got some big solutions that are cleaning our oceans from top to bottom.
And that's just a sample. See the full schedule here. And remember–there's only one more week to register until the price goes up!