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Earth Optimism’s goal is to capture and magnify news of conservation actions that are working, across sectors and locations, how can we replicate and scale up good practices, and to inspire people and show that we can all make a difference. The variety of personal, community, regional, and large-scale stories shared are truly inspiring! We invite you to join the conversation!

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Exciting events, activities, and exhibits taking place across the Smithsonian’s museums and the National Zoo.


Activities at partner organizations around the planet that support the broad goal of driving engagement around what is working in conservation.

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Earth Optimism Cambridge

April 25, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

David Attenborough Building (and other locations across Cambridge)

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) – a global centre for excellence for conservation research and practice – is hosting Earth Optimism on 25 April 2020 in Cambridge, UK. Sir David Attenborough will be welcoming 2,000 members of the public to this extraordinary day.

Earth Optimism Teen Event: Changing the Climate Conversation

March 14, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Q?rius, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Local teens will have an opportunity to join leaders in climate science and climate solutions for an afternoon of exploration, conversation, and action. This event will include: Teen Panel: Hear teens voice their climate concerns and stories of hope for the future. Food Social: Enjoy local sustainable food while meeting other local teens. Help make this a Zero Waste food event. Empowerment Discussions: Join a group of teens and experts for an in-depth exploration focused on climate change problem-solving. Conversation Stations: Talk with experts from a variety of scientific fields and community organizations who bring different perspectives to the climate conversation and learn about opportunities to get involved. For more information visit [website TBD] or contact Jennifer Collins at CollinsJE@si.edu.

Stemming the Tide Symposium

March 5-6, 2020

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Collections Program for a series of presentations and discussions that explore the intersection of cultural heritage and climate change. This two-day symposium will examine the impact of climate change on cultural heritage and communities worldwide, discuss the responsibilities of stewards of cultural heritage in fostering collaborative solutions, address urgent questions of equity and inclusion, and identify strategies that leverage cultural heritage for climate action.