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2017 Sister Events

The Earth Optimism Summit is part of a growing, global movement. National and international teams of people are developing programs for sister events in London, Texas and Hong Kong with more to follow. Sister events will be interconnected digitally and programs from around the world will be featured on the Earth Optimism website.

You too can host a sister event. It can be as simple as a public lecture on progress being made to reduce threats to the planet, or a wide-ranging suite of activities designed for a diverse set of audiences.

The Earth, Our Planet

Medellín, Colombia

April 18-22, Time TBD

From April 18 to April 22, Explora Park Stakeholders like Antioquia University, will be feature activities that encourage people and groups from Medellín to discuss and have a better understanding of the relationship between citizens and the land. For more information, please email carolina.sanin@parqueexplora.org

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Earth Optimism Cambridge

Cambridge, UK

April 22, 2017

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative of the UK is partnering with the Smithsonian in hosting an Earth Optimism event at the David Attenborough building. The speakers programme will feature inspiring talks by noted figures such as Jane Goodall, who will open the event with her message of hope, and Steven Pinker, who will close the event by explaining how societies have and can continue to change for the better. There will be a Solutions Fair, with activities for people of all ages, showing practical things that everyone can do to make a positive difference.

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Conservation Optimism

London, UK

April 20-22, 2017

On Earth Day, we will welcome everyone to our public event at the Zoological Society of London, during which we will showcase positive actions that are making a difference in people’s relationships to nature. We highlight particularly local grassroots or community-based actions in London, and youth-focused conservation activities. A series of short talks, films, panel sessions and debates will go on throughout the day in the lecture theatre, meanwhile stalls and exhibits which showcase local action, conservation organizations’ positive approaches to nature, meet an optimistic conservationist, and more will be on display for visitors to pursue at their own speed.

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Earth Day Texas

Dallas, Texas

April 21-23, 2017

Earth Day Texas has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies, products, and corporate practices that are reshaping our world. Earth Day Texas brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming, and subject matter experts. Attendees will also enjoy numerous outdoor experiences, including live music, sustainable beer and food pavilions, electric bike test tracks, and family activities.

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Celebrating Earth Optimism: Earth Day 2017 with the Ecology Action Centre and SMU School of Environment

Halifax, NS, Canada

April 21-22, 2017, Friday Evening + All Day Saturday, SMU + 2705 Fern Lane

Working to protect our planet is a big job, and we often focus more on the challenges in this work than our successes. Join the EAC in celebrating all that we have to be optimistic about in Nova Scotia! We are partnering with Saint Mary’s University in offering two days of talks, interactive workshops, discussions, music, and celebration.For more information, please email joanna@ecologyaction.ca

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Earth Day

Hutchinson, KS

April 22nd, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Cosmosphere

Free activities and presentations start at 11:00 am with terrarium building on the patio. Local speakers and education staff will be speaking on several topics including space history conservation, greenhouses, and urban gardening. Join us for an extra special planetarium show about the layers of Earth that will be showing throughout the day, and build your own layered Earth at Innovator's Space Children's Workshop See our website for more details on the schedule. For more information, please email kelseyg@cosmo.org

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Optimismo en Venezuela: Casos de protección ambiental

Caracas, Venezuela

March 29, 2017, 10AM - 12PM

Next March 29 in the Auditorium Dr. Tobias Lasser of the Faculty of Sciences of the Central University of Venezuela, we will hold a forum on successful cases of conservation in Venezuela. This forum seeks to publicize different cases of success in conservation covering different areas such as urbanism, education, renewable energy, biology, among others. Promoting this way, different actions that have been carried out in our country in search of environmental conservation. Raising the good news, that it is possible to work in environment and implying that conservation is not only have a place for biologists, but a multidisciplinary contribution is needed. For more information, please email apizzi@provitaonline.org

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Celebrating Community Environmental Activism in Whatcom County

Bellingham, WA

April 21, 7 PM - 8 PM, Whatcom Museum, Old City Hall, 121 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA 98225

In celebration of Earth Day, the Whatcom Museum and the Whatcom Land Trust are co-hosting a presentation by esteemed science teacher and conservationist Harlan Kredit in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Kredit has taught science for the past 45 years at Lynden Christian High School, where he has been involved in a community project restoring salmon habitat along Fishtrap Creek in north Whatcom County. This decades-long project actively involves high school students in riparian zone enhancement by planting thousands of trees and shrubs along the creek. Students have also built and operated a school fish hatchery releasing more than two million Coho salmon into the Nooksack River system. Additionally, students have constructed a smolt channel and installed salmon friendly signs along the creek. Kredit will share slides and talk more about this project, as well as highlights of 30 other restoration projects that he has been involved with around the cou nty. Kredit is an award-winning high school biology teacher, and has served as a summer naturalist ranger at Yellowstone National Park for 45 years. For more information, please contact cmclaassen@cob.org

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Nerd Nite DC

Washington, DC

April 8, 2017, 6:00 PM

Nerd Nite DC celebrates all things nerdy with fun, informative Powerpoint lectures delivered at DC9, a local bar and nightclub! Our early evening show will feature three speakers who will highlight the bright sides of conservation, sustainability and clean energy. Contact Aaron Huertas for more info at: aaronhuertas@gmail.com

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Nerd Nite Miami

Miami, FL

April 13, 2017, 7 PM, Gramps Bar, 176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

Nerd Nite Miami is a fun yet informative evening of talks showcasing some local conservation efforts that are making a huge impact, all while the audience drinks along at a bar with other nerds! Be there and be square. For more information, please email miami@nerdnite.com

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Earth Optimism Helsinki

Helsinki, Finland

April 19-23, 2017, check website for times

The goal of Earth Optimism Helsinki 2017 is to share and transmit inspiring stories that offer glimmers of hope, spreading a new wave of optimism through the environmental community in Finland. On the week of the Earth Day, come celebrate with us the stories of the many unsung heroes standing on the front lines of Earth Optimism! While many scholars in conservation science have traditionally focused on the doom and gloom of the current environmental crisis, history shows that global policy efforts to address environmental issues had never been so strong. From the post-Paris momentum on climate change negotiations to the down-listing of the Giant Panda from “Endangered” to “Vulnerable” on the Red List of Endangered Species, there are some successes to celebrate that show us that our conservation actions are worth the effort! This week of social reflection around conservation will navigate the fine balance between hope for the future on the one hand, and awareness of the hard facts on the other, focusing on solution-based approaches to face the conservation challenges ahead. Discover how every one of us can make a difference! For more information, please contact alvaro.fernandez-llamazares@helsinki.fi

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EARTH Innovation Summit

Costa Rica

April 21, 2017, 8 AM - 4 PM, EARTH University, La Flor Campus

Event where participants will have an opportunity to create strategic alliances for innovation in sustainable development with high-level business groups in the region of Guanacaste. For more information, please email innova@earth.ac.cr

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U.S. Botanic Garden Earth Day Festival

Washington, DC

Friday, April 21, 2017, 10 AM - 2 PM, National Garden

Join us as the U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates Earth Day! Come enjoy engaging hands-on activities and meet with representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region. Drop by and learn all the ways that you can make the planet a healthier place and become a more active steward of the plants that support life on earth.

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Family Program: Earth Day at ACM!

Washington, DC

April 21, 2017, 10 AM – 12:30 PM, Anacostia Community Museum, Program Room

In collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OMFR), and Meridian Hills Pictures, the museum recognizes Earth Day with an information display on energy conservation and re-cycling, and a screening of the short film City of Trees. Also get a tour of the museum’s exhibition The Backyard of Derek Webster’s Imagination. Webster was a self-taught artist who used discarded materials to create sculptural figures. Today we would say he “up-cycled” everyday objects to create art! Register online or call 202.633.4844 to register for this program.

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Connect to the Earth!

New Haven, CT

Friday, April 21, 2017, 11AM - 3PM, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Join us for Earth Day and unearth the wonders of nature. Experience specimens from our collections that are rarely on display, and discover the beetles, birds, and botanical bounty that share our planet home. We¹ll have fun and engaging activities for the whole family. For more information, please email peabody.events@yale.edu

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Earth Optimism - Coolidge Park Chattanooga

Chattanooga TN

Friday, April 21, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Free Earth Day Festival & Celebration -local food, kids activities, vendors, music with sustainable solutions and educational activities. For more information, please contact bruce.blohm@gmail.com

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Earth Optimism - Hong Kong

Hong Kong

April 22, 2017, Time TBD, The University of Hong Kong

According to WWF, humanity would need nearly 4 Earths to persist if everyone lived like we do in Hong Kong. Here, more than a century of development has produced a vibrant economy and educated populace; but with a steep ecological cost. Join us on April 22nd to learn why there is cause for hope in one of the most rapidly developing places on Earth. For more information, please email dmbaker@hku.hk

Earth Optimism Talk Story and Swim for Science

West Maui, Hawaii

April 22, 2017, 1 PM - 5 PM, Kahekili Beach Park

While there are many environmental concerns in our world today, there is also cause for celebration of conservation efforts that have resulted in success. On April 22, please join members of the community, managers, DOCARE, and scientists to talk story, learn more about one another, and talk about areas of environmental concerns and conservation successes in our community and globally. We'll also Swim for Science out on the reef and share our Earth Optimism for successful management of reefs at Kahekili and beyond for future generations. DOCARE officers will also be in attendance to participate in a DOCARE walk and talk story with participants to share enforcement perspectives of the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area. For more information, please email emilylak@gmail.com

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Earth Optimism at the Biomuseo

Biomuseo, Panama City, Panama

April 22 and 23, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This year's Earth Day celebration is dedicated to Earth Optimism. We are collaborating with the Smithsonian's Punta Culebra Nature Center for a weekend full of fun activities for the whole family, including workshops, lectures and a science fair with the local scientific community. Our weekly Experto Visitante (Visiting Expert) lectures will feature three local NGO's talking about their efforts to have new protected areas declared in Panama. For more information, please email mrobles@biomuseopanama.org

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Party for the Planet

Bridgeport, CT

April 22-23, 2017, 12 PM - 3 PM, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

Join Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day! Our Earth Day event is the perfect place to connect with nature and conservation in your community. Come learn about various Citizen Science opportunities in which you and your family may get involved to help conserve and protect our planet. In addition, we will have environmental education opportunities and children's crafts. Please email jwestlein@beardsleyzoo.org for more information.

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Earth Optimism Summit, Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

April 22 - 24, All day Saturday and Sunday, half day Monday

Join us for two and a half days of NZ speakers, discussions, music and song, food, wine and the pick of the video talks from The Smithsonian. This is an event to celebrate local and worldwide environmental successes, and to generate enthusiasm and encouragement for the work ahead.

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Earth Optimism at Biocultura Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 5 PM - 7:30 PM MDT, 1505 Agua Fria Street

Earth Optimism Santa Fe connects globally and acts locally to feature the work of artists, students and scientists responding to environmental challenges and opportunities. Our aim for this event is to celebrate the systems that keep our soil (and us) healthy. Featuring electronics pioneer Leah Beuchley, LA-based bio artist Mick Lorusso in a collaboration with Joel Ong, artist and designer Catherine Page Harris, Marfa-based artist Elise Sibley Chandler, biologist Renee Bronwyn Johansen and bio art and design students Kaitlin Bryson and Sabrina Islam. The event will also mark the launch of a work by Navajo Nation-based photo muralist and member of the Justseeds collective Chip Thomas. More information under “events" at our website bioculturasantafe.com

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Earth Day in Colorado: What Can I Do?

Denver, CO

Monday, April 24, 2017, 1-2 PM MST, History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway

Join award-winning artist and musician Laurie Dameron for a multimedia presentation of simple ideas for bettering the world while working within the possibilities available to us today. Winner of numerous awards for her artistic work on behalf of the world, Dameron's words will inspire you to find what changes are within your reach, allowing you to make a difference by taking simple actions. A unique lecture that includes live music, this program will illustrate how we can bring about a new springtime together. To learn more please email michael.vincent@state.co.us

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Conservation Celebration featuring the 22nd Annual Parker/Gentry Award

Chicago, IL

Monday, April 24, 2017, 6 PM CST, The Field Museum

CELEBRATING CONSERVATION: The Conservation Celebration recognizes and celebrates the conservation efforts of the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum and its exceptional partners. HONORING DR. DAVID VAUGHN: The Field Museum is honored to present the 2017 Parker/Gentry Award to marine science researcher David E. Vaughan, PhD. Dr. Vaughan is the Executive Director of the Mote Tropical Research Lab in the Florida Keys, leading Mote's Coral Reef Restoration Program to re-establish the underwater forest. His unique approach to re-growing coral reefs makes an enormous difference in the protection of this unique natural treasure. REMEMBERING TED PARKER AND AL GENTRY: The Parker/Gentry Award was created in 1996 in memory of Theodore A. Parker III and Alwyn Gentry, ardent conservationists and leading naturalist who died while surveying hill forests of western Ecuador. The annual award is presented to an outstanding individual, team, or organization in conservation biology. For more information, please email ewoodward@fieldmuseum.org

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Nerd Nite Rhode Island

Rhode Island

April 26, 2017, Time TBD

We are the Nerd Nite chapter based in Rhode Island. Join us for 3 short talks on matters of importance for our Earth. Casual atmosphere, great food and beer, and a chance to talk to experts in Earth Science! For more information, please contact nerdniteri@gmail.com

Planetary Health/GeoHealth Annual Meeting

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

April 28-30, 2017, Evening April 28, all day April 29, half day April 30

The goal of the inaugural Planetary Health / GeoHealth Annual Meeting is to bring together a diverse group of students, investigators, instructors, policy makers, and other interested individuals who are committed to understanding and communicating the human health impacts of global environmental change. Our objective is to showcase the extraordinary momentum that is taking place around the world in the field of planetary health while highlighting institutional developments, emerging investigators, research developments, and applications to policy-making and natural resource management. Our expectation is that a diverse group will take from this meeting a sense of excitement about the quality and importance of work being done in planetary health, a new cohesiveness as a community dedicated to furthering these issues in collaboration with each other, and a commitment to continuing to grow this rapidly emerging field together. The Planetary Health Alliance along with the American Geophysical Union, the Ecological Society of America, and The Lancet are organizing the Inaugural Annual Meeting on Planetary Health and GeoHealth on April 29-30, 2017 in Boston, MA. The meeting is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation through a grant to the Planetary Health Alliance. For more information, please email amalia_almada@g.harvard.edu

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Teens Dream Global Video Contest


October 2017 Launch Date, Time TBD

Teens Dream is a global video competition for teens to express their dreams in a short youtube video as they relate to one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals! For more information, please email info@teensdream.net

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