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The Grounded Summit is a two-day event that connects critical changemakers with global climate solutions. By assembling hundreds of professionals with the means to make a difference for our planet, Grounded provides the opportunity to convene, cross-pollinate, and catalyze transformative change for a livable planet.

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2020  Programming

The 2020 Summit will feature solutions to melting permafrost, declining pollinators, and renewable energy. Our panels of academics, industry experts and youth activists will leave you inspired, activated for change and optimistic about the future of this planet. Continue below to see a sneak peak of the presentations we’re excited about.

Featured Programming
Showcase 01
Opening Keynote
with Xiye Bastida

Young people are leading the social movement for climate action on a scale never seen before and they are not stopping until adults do more to address the heating planet. Xiye Bastida, a 17-year-old climate activist leading efforts in the US and across the world, will open Grounded Summit.

Showcase 02
Reality Check
with U.N. Asst. Secretary General, Satya Tripathi
and more to be announced

The climate crisis is affecting every country on every continent, right now. Weather is more extreme, sea levels are rising, greenhouse gas emissions are the highest they’ve ever been. What does this mean for our future? Satya Triphathi from the United Nations along with other climate leaders will dive deeper into the reality check of the state of the planet.

Showcase 03
Arctic &
Permafrost Perma-frost
with Olya Irzak
and more to be announced

Arctic permafrost is starting to melt at unprecedented rates, releasing CO2 and methane into the atmosphere. Continued melting would be disastrous. Olya Irzak, founder of Frost Methane Labs, will share her solution focused on mitigating climate change by targeting methane release and the reduction of emissions. Other solutionists exploring critical Arctic-saving solutions to be announced.

2020  Featured

Paul Stamets
Founder, Fungi Perfecti, LLC

Paul Stamets is considered a leader in fungi: habitat, medicinal use, and production. He lectures extensively to deepen the understanding and respect for the organisms that exist under every footstep. Paul is the author of six books, has discovered numerous species of psilocybin mushrooms.

Xiye Bastida
Youth Activist,

Xiye Bastida is a 17-year-old indigenous climate activist based in New York. She is a recipient of the Spirit of the United Nations Award, an organizer with Fridays for Future, and a member of Peoples Climate Movement-NY’s core committee.

Paul Hawken
Environmentalist & Author,

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. His work includes founding successful, ecologically conscious businesses, writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul is Founder of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed. The organization maps and models the scaling of one hundred substantive technological, social, and ecological solutions to global warming.

Jaden Smith
Actor, Musician and Activist,

Jaden Smith is an actor musician and activist based in Los Angeles California. Jaden is a co-founder of 501CTHREE, along with Drew FitzGerald, a non-profit dedicated to driving innovation, engineering and advocacy of solutions around global energy water and food challenges. Their first projects are in water filtration and water recycling in Flint, MI and Los Angeles, CA Jaden is one of the co-founders of JUST: a company formed to drive positive social and environmental impact in everyday items while creating sustainable awareness around energy food and water. Their first product - JUST water- was created to reduce both plastic utilization and emissions in bottled water packaging. The company also was an innovator in water sourcing engaging in a public- private partnership to ensure a product that is ethically sourced and conserved.

Tatiana Schlossberg

Tatiana Schlossberg is a journalist writing about climate change and the environment. She previously reported on those subjects for the Science and Climate sections of the New York Times, where she also worked on the Metro desk. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, Yale Environment 360, and elsewhere.

Satya Tripathi
Asst. Secretary General, UN

Mr. Tripathi is the UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of New York Office at UN Environment. He served with the UN since 1998 in key positions in Europe, Asia and Africa in the areas of climate change, human rights, democratic governance and legal affairs.

Hear from more speakers leading their fields, including scientists, policymakers, artists, innovators, and changemakers.

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Highlights from 2019

Let me ask you this: how do you want your fire? Do you want it measured, or wild and unpredictable?

Dr. Paul Hessburg
Forest and Wildfire Ecologist

We have the solutions to the climate crisis at our fingertips right now.

Justin Winters
One Earth Initiative

Conditions today are different than every other condition that has existed for other humans. In that, we see opportunity.

Stephan Nicoleau
Co-Founder, FullCycle

We can restore Arctic ice. We have found a material that when put on top of young, thin ice, makes it act like more reflective ice.

Dr. Leslie Field
Founder, Ice911

The regenerative mindset is going to determine whether or not civilization can thrive in a climate changing world.

David Festa
Environmental Defense Fund
The Dome
Solutions Ground Zero

The Dome will feature all speakers, talks and panels. Learn about solutions from the experts in the field and elected office.

The Core
Network and Recharge

Thoughtfully designed, The Core will offer multiple areas to recharge, connect, and engage with our partners. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the Summit.

Marketplace The Market
Snack and Share

Available all day, enjoy curated snacks and ethical products from partners we believe in who are working to ensure a livable earth.


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