Photo via Flickr: Picture Perfect Pose Communities across the US and around the world are actively responding to sustainability issues that affect them. Whether they are bound together because of where they live or because they share common interests, they are finding their voices and learning how to work together, build relationships and address shared social, environmental and economic concerns.
SXSW Eco has a track record of attracting community leaders from all over the US to network and share their experiences. Here’s a flavor of the diversity of sessions we’re presenting that highlight the power of community to empower and engage as well as connect local and global issues.
Environmental Film Forums as a Catalyst for Action: Andre Silva will share how Environmental film forums can bring community activists and experts together with local audiences to address how issues raised in the films are affecting people in their own communities.
Climate Wise Women: Global Leadership From The Grassroots: Climate Wise Women live with the effects of climate change every day. They pick up the pieces, improvise solutions and, facing their very survival, carve out unconventional paths to leadership. Meet six extraordinary women from Biloxi, Fiji, the Maldives, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Uganda who are the Climate Wise Women.
Harnessing Culture to Save the Planet: Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, is a minister, community activist and one of the most influential people in political and environmental activism. He works tirelessly to encourage the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice.
Climate Justice: Science, Advocacy, and Equity: NAACP’s Jacqui Patterson and U. of Colorado at Boulder will discuss approaches they are implementing to empower under-represented citizens to understand and act to reverse climate change.
The Art of Resilience: Communities in Transition: Transition US founder Rob Hopkins will introduce Transition, a process that offers pathways, new ways of thinking and a set of tools to develop the resilience of our places to face the shocks of the present and the uncertainties of the future.
Environmental Stewardship in Faith Communities: Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy representative Yaira Robinson will explore ways how religious communities are actively—and effectively—responding to current environmental issues such climate change, water and air pollution, and the harmful waste of a consumer society.
And that's just a sample. See the full schedule here. And remember–there's only a few more days to register until the price goes up!