Earth Optimism Summit

April 21-23, 2017
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004

This is a non-Hopkins event

The Smithsonian Institute is hosting an Earth Optimism Summit to celebrate 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.

The agenda includes discussions on the following topics:

  • Success in conservation: what, why, how?
  • Human health and the planet's health: when the planet feels good, we do too
  • Positive partnerships: bringing governments, corporations and citizens together
  • Doing more, using less: optimizing efficiency, on-site renewables, and energy storage
  • Green farming, blue fishing: making the most out of soil and water
  • Science, conservation, inspiration: artists, scientists, and institutions coming together
  • The business of sustainability: food and water solutions
  • Energy and efficiency: innovation in real world settings
  • Breakthrough technologies: creating a livable future
  • Science at the edge: pushing the envelope

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The correlation between poverty and obesity can be traced to agricultural policies and subsidies.
— Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma