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2018 Sister Events

Below is a summary of our Earth Optimism Sister Events from 2018:

Earth Optimism is part of a growing, global movement. We are changing the conversation from gloom and doom and building a global Community of Practice around Earth Optimism: What is working in conservation, why, and how do we replicate and scale up best practices and good ideas.

We invite you to host a sister event this earth day weekend focusing on positive conservation stories centered around #EarthOptimism. To host a Sister Event, please check out our planning guide below for information, resources and to register your event so it can be featured on our website.

We also invite you to participate in our digital event using the hashtag #EarthOptimism2018.

List of Sister Events


Earth Optimism Shorts: Soil Carbon Cowboys

Carnegie Institution for Science | Washington, DC

March 17, 4:00 PM

Co-presented with the Smithsonian’s Conservation Commons, Soil Carbon Cowboys showcases the pioneering efforts by farmers to make agriculture sustainable. Film is followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and Smithsonian expert.

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Earth Optimism Shorts: Hope on the Hudson

National Geographic Society | Washington, DC

March 24, 2:00 PM

Co-presented with the Smithsonian’s Conservation Commons, Hope on the Hudson features two short films celebrating the efforts to restore the Hudson River and the ship that once plied its waters. Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and Smithsonian expert.

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UNDP Roundtable & Networking

New York City and live webcast

April 20, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The next session of the UNDP Roundtable & Networking series will be marking Earth Day 2018. This event will feature the Smithsonian Institution’s #EarthOptimism global digital campaign and its achievements in raising public awareness to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. #EarthOptimism was created as a shared digital space for inspiration and creativity through successful and inspiring conservation stories from around the globe. Visit Website below to watch the recorded discussion

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Earth Day Film - Chasing Ice

Buffalo Bill Center of the West | Cody, WY

April 20, 6:00 PM

We are kicking off our Earth Day celebration with a free showing of the film Chasing Ice on Friday evening, April 20, at 6 p.m. in our Coe Auditorium. The film has won awards—including the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy® award for Outstanding Nature Programming. The 75-minute-long film debuted on the National Geographic channel in 2013.

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Shard of nature: Celebrating our connection with the environment!

Montreal, Canada

April 20, 6:00 PM

Immerse yourself in an urban rainforest and let yourself be transported by the smell, noise and beauty of nature! In a city where winter is a pleasure to accompany us for too long, counting on a natural green space, where nature and humanity converge, becomes a must! Thus, Éclat de Nature, a project to bring nature back to the city, was born. The goal is to offer our community a unique, stimulating experience and to bring back to life the benefits of our sometimes fleeting connection with the environment. This initiative is open to all, from our youngest to our dear elders, who will have the chance to discover different original ways to protect the environment, while participating in various activities and workshops. To view the program of activities, visit: https://goo.gl/XhQt4K or click on the '' Dicussion '' tab.

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Earth Day Celebration

Buffalo Bill Center of the West | Cody, WY

April 21, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West celebrates Earth Day with free admission all day on Saturday, April 21 (the day before official Earth Day). Join community organizations and conservation agencies for exhibits and activities that teach the importance of conserving the planet.

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Earth Optimism Day at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

Smithsonian's National Zoological Park | Washington, DC

April 21, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This Earth Day, celebrate conservation success stories at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! Earth Optimism Day will feature activities, interactive demonstrations, and games that highlight some of the most uplifting and exciting success stories in wildlife conservation today. Learn how zoos have helped save species like golden lion tamarins and black-footed ferrets from going extinct, sip some Bird-Friendly coffee, or try your hand at spotting animals in real-life camera trap photos at this free, family-friendly event. In the spirit of Earth Optimism, event attendees are encouraged to ride their bicycles or take public transportation to this event to help reduce carbon emissions.

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MUVE Bear Cut Cleanup

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science | Miami, FL

April 21, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Frost Science’s Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) is a volunteer-based habitat restoration project whose goal is to engage local residents in restoring coastal environments that once thrived in Miami. MUVE has partnered with Baynanza’s Biscayne Bay Cleanup Day to host a mangrove cleanup, and would love for you to join! If you’re 14 and older and are up to the challenge, register to join Frost Science, and other empowered citizen scientists on April 21, 2018! Deadline to register is April 14, 2018.

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Rise Above Plastics

Duke University | Durham, NC

April 21, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for the Rise Above Plastics Earth Optimism Sister Event which will take place at Duke University! The event will highlight the successes of various groups in Durham, and beyond, in reducing plastic pollution in our city. There will also be a screening of the film “Straws” will a post film panel discussion featuring speakers directly involved in plastic reduction. The event is open to all Duke students and the general public. For further information, please email maya.sheth@duke.edu.

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Shenandoah Valley Kids Conservation Day

Third Battle of Winchester Battlefield | Winchester, VA

April 21, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

April 21st will be a day full of educational activities for school age children, of approximately elementary school age. We’ll learn about what conservation is and what we can all do to help out the environment! Stations will include sites along the trail that bisects the Third Battle of Winchester battlefield as well as a station in the local creek, Red Bud Run! Stations will cover a range of subjects such as conservation biology, biodiversity, terrestrial and freshwater conservation practice, why should conservation biology and biodiversity matter to you, and local flora and fauna that need our help.

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Earth Optimism Teen Event

National Museum of Natural History | Washington, DC

April 22, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The National Museum of Natural History is hosting a teen-only event to inspire teens to share their voice and talk with scientists, climate leaders, and engaged teens about climate science, impacts, and solutions. Activities will include: conversation stations, teen panels, the Smithsonian Recycling Challenge, and opportunities to learn more and get involved locally and globally. This will all take place in Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center.

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Get Your Green On

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science | Miami, FL

April 22, 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Join us on Sunday, April 22, for “Get Your Green On,” an Earth Day celebration featuring a series of special activities and programs that highlight this year’s movement to end plastic pollution on our planet. Bring your recyclables, play with some solar tech and connect with our museum team to find out how you can make an impact on several restoration projects.

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Climate Change Awareness Summit

New Mexico Highlands University | Las Vegas, NM

April 28, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The 2nd annual Climate Change Awareness Summit at Highlands University April 28 aims to raise awareness about slowing climate change and spark activism for environmental issues. The day of free public events is a community collaboration that includes a Gallinas River cleanup, climate change awareness march, guest speakers, Highlands faculty and student research, hands-on learning for children, community resource tables, food, music and more.

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Earth Optimism Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

April 21, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Whether you're a keen activist looking to meet like-minded environmentalists, or simply looking to find out more and make positive changes in your life; you'll come away feeling energized and inspired. Come and enjoy optimistic talks celebrating environmental successes, live music, and deliciously sustainable drinks.

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Earth Optimism for Beginners

Loop Project Space & Bar | Melbourne VIC

May 1, 5:30 PM - 8:00PM

Join us for an evening of optimism, positive tales and making connections - a chance to celebrate what is working rather than what’s not and to showcase practical ways you can take action on climate change. Be inspired and entertained by our great line up of guest speakers including: Tejopala Rawls with some climate change comedy (yes, it's a thing!); Luke Barbagallo of Pollinate Energy with a tale of how ordinary Melbournians are bringing sustainable energy to communities across India; Linh Do from the Climate Reality Project - Al Gore's program to amplify action on climate change with an update on what’s happening and how you can get involved. Your MC for the evening is Ailsa Lamont from Pomegranate Global. Stay on for drinks and networking at the fabulous Loop project space and bar and find out more about their World Environment Campaign.

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Earth Optimism 2018 at Cool Planet Experience

Cool Planet Experience Powerscourt House, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

April 22

Make this year's Earth Day a full day out - come and walk through Powerscourt House and Gardens, stop for lunch, take the tour through Ireland’s first interactive climate change experience, Cool Planet Experience, and sit in on our Earth Optimism talks and presentations about conservation successes and how you can get involved in climate change action in Ireland.

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