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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.

Sarah Shanley Hope
Executive Director, Solutions Project

Sarah Shanley Hope is the founding Executive Director of the Solutions Project, a national organization with a vision of 100% clean energy for all people that invests in community- driven solutions, inspires people with stories about everyday (s)heroes, and builds strategic relationships between unlikely allies.

Stephan Nicoleau
Managing Director, FullCycle

Stephan Nicoleau is the Managing Director of Full Cycle, a private equity firm that invests in companies harnessing proven technologies that accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. He was part of the founding team that grew Coalition Development from a start-up to a $50 million revenue firm in just four years.

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.

Ama Francis
Fellow, Columbia University

Ama is a climate law fellow at the Sabin Law Center at Columbia University, working to help people displaced by climate disasters and make small island nations more resilient. Ama graduated from Yale in 2018 where she was a member of Yale’s Environmental Justice Clinic, founder of Clarity & Community, and led New Directions in Environmental Law 2018.

Benji Backer
President, American Conservation Coalition

Benji Backer is the President and Founder of the American Conservation Coalition. He is a fellow at the Chapman Center in Seattle and on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum. He has written for CNBC, The Hill, Washington Examiner, and many other publications.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His book, The End of Nature, is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement

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

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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