Saturday, October 29, 2016
The DC region has all the ingredients needed to take a regenerative future from demonstration to scale. The powerful mix of technical know-how, policy expertise, entrepreneurial creativity, and political and financial levers are all here. This one-day, open-space conference is a chance set a path to make it so. But “We” need You.
On this day we come together to answer: “How can we best combine our knowledge, skills, and activities across sectors to kick start a Regenerative Future?”
A regenerative future requires contributions from many sectors, interests, and skills. One of this opportunities at this unconference is to strengthen this social network.
A wide variety of sectors will be represented, and below is only a partial list of the topics that will be covered. Anyone looking to contribute their ideas and energies to our collaboration is welcomed!
- Farming, fishing, forestry
- Investing, banking, philanthropy
- Finance and funding, carbon markets, natural capital
- Grocery stores and farmers markets
- Policy making/analysis
- Environmental justice/compassionate farming
- Technology, innovation, data management
- Communication and storytelling
- Community organizing
- Retail, manufacturing, supply, transport
Anyone from NGOs, non-profits, for-profits, local/regional/federal government, academia (students and faculty), or any other groups or companies is welcomed.More Details
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Rising to the “Stormwater” Challenge!
Description: CitiesAlive, the North American green roof and wall industry conference, is taking place in Washington DC from November 1st to 4th, 2016. The conference features presentations on research, design and policy; a trade show with 60+ exhibitors; professional development courses and tours of high-performance green infrastructure projects. The focus of this conference is stormwater management technology, policy, research and best practices in Washington DC.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
The many acute traumas and chronic toxic stresses generated by climate change are generating rising levels of severe anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicides, and other mental health problems in the U.S. and globally. They are also causing increased hopelessness, helplessness, and other spiritual problems. And, they are producing a boatload of psychosocial maladies including crime, interpersonal aggression, violence, and more.
These harmful human reactions undermine the health, safety, and material and spiritual wellbeing of individuals, families, organizations, communities, and entire societies. Because dysregulated people exist in a internally-focused self-protective survival mode, the adverse human reactions also threaten to delay or completely scuttle efforts to cut carbon emissions, adapt to warming, and reduce the climate crisis to manageable levels. Left unaddressed, these problems will worsen as global temperatures rise.
Yet, most practitioners focused on climate solutions fail to grasp these risks and remain focused on emission reductions and adapting physical infrastructure and natural resources to warmer temperatures. Most mental health, public health, emergency response, and related professionals remain focused on treating people during or after discrete disasters, and fail to acknowledge the risk that rising global temperatures will overhelm disaster response capacities, while also failing to help people deal with the rising number of economic, social, psycho-emotional, and spiritual toxic stresses directly or indirectly generated by climate change.
Research and experience shows, however, that preventative personal and psychosocial resilience building initiatives can minimize adverse human reactions to shocks and toxic stresses such as those generated by climate change, and help resolve them when they do occur. Equally important is that people can learn how use climate adversities as transformational catalysts to engage in activities that enhance the wellbeing of others, the natural environment, and themselves.
Despite these benefits, comprehensive preventative personal and psychosocial resilience building initiatives are missing from the U.S. and global response to climate change. These initiatives can expand knowledge, teach skills, and enact policies to help individuals, organizations, and communities learn how to constructively cope with climate change-enhanced adversities and use them as transformational catalysts to learn, grow, and thrive. This conference is the first to focus exclusively on these critical issues.More Details