Bee City USA Director Phyllis Stiles and Bee City USA Science Advisory Board member Dr. Doug Tallamy, founder of the Bringing Nature Home movement, will be just two of the 100 speakers from around the globe at the Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit in Washington over the April 21-23 weekend. The Summit at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center is complemented by other public events and exhibits at Smithsonian Institutions.
Here's what the event site says about this unprecedented summit:
"What's Working in Conservation: Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution in the area of global conservation with an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media.
The global conservation movement has reached a turning point. We have documented the fast pace of habitat loss, the growing number of endangered and extinct species, and the increasing speed of global climate change. Yet while the seriousness of these threats cannot be denied, there are a growing number of examples of improvements in the health of species and ecosystems, along with benefits to human well-being, thanks to our conservation actions. Earth Optimism is a global initiative that celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability."
Register here to take advantage of Early Bird Specials. Students are highly encouraged to attend and there is a student rate.
Join the #EarthOptimism movement - get people talking about what's working near you http://earthoptimism.si.edu/satellite-events/http://earthoptimism.si.edu/satellite-events/
Or to make it really simple, just go on twitter, search for #EarthOptimism, and retweet your favorite posts.
Header photo by: Nancy Lee Adamson
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