Grounded Summit: Day 1
12:30pm: Grounded Summit begins
Grounded Summit officially begins. Attendees and speakers are arriving, enjoying The Core, sipping on Allegro Coffee and Seismic Beer, and exploring the event space.
12:45pm: Chef Søren Westh & his team prepare organic farm-to-table meals
Søren Westh, former sous chef of the four-time awarded World Best Restaurant NOMA in Copenhagen, and current manager of the sustainable food initiative Nordic Food Lab, as well as co-founder of Enspire and .506. has designed specially curated experiences for both days of Grounded Summit.
1:25pm: Zaria Forman & Stuart Palley's Featured Artist Exhibit
Zaria Forman and Stuart Palley document the impact of our changing climate in their work. Their work is featured in The Core, illustrating the incredible breadth of impact our planet is experiencing due to the continually heating atmosphere - from raging wildfires to melting ice.
2:06pm: Grounded Founder Julia Jackson Takes the Stage
“You will notice that the Grounded dome is constructed of interconnected lines making it able to withstand very heavy loads. Climate change is indeed a very heavy load. With courage, creativity and community, we can have a combined effect greater than the sum of our separate effects. Therein lies our power; the power of community.”
2:10pm Governor Jerry Brown opens the conference
Governor Jerry Brown has taken the stage, welcomed by Grounded Founder, Julia Jackson. Governor Brown has championed some of the most ambitious climate change policies in the country. Governor Brown set an ambitious target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in California. He ordered a 40 percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2030 and set a goal to get 5 million electric and plug-in cars on roads by 2030. He is a leader in governmental efforts to address climate change. He says, "You must have doubt, faith, and commitment to impact global issues. We need a paradigm shift to address climate change. It will take prophetic effort."
2:30pm Paul Hawken, keynote speaker, shares insights into the most effective solutions to climate change.
"Global warming is here. Flood, fire, heat, migration, war. It's suffering. We have to address it now....So what can you do right now? Reduce food waste is the number three solution. You want to know what you can do to start today? Reduce food waste. If you do it at every meal, it is an awareness you'll have every day of your relationship to the environment and food."
3:05pm Julia Jackson interviews Paul Hawken
Julia Jackson asks Paul, "How is empowering women a critical solution to climate change?" He responds, "There are a thousand reasons to empower women, and one of them is an enormous impact on climate change...we need women in everything."
Paul ends, "There's no hope without a fear, and we need to be absolutely fearless. We know what to do, we know how to do it, and we need to figure out how to do more of it."
3:40pm Supervisor James Gore: what does it mean to live through a megafire?
"This room is filled with people who went through the devastating wildfires of 2017 here in Sonoma...one night, you go to bed, and there's a little bit more of a wind than normal. It's a little drier, warmer, coming from a direction it usually doesn't. There's been red flag warnings but you haven't paid too much attention to it. You go to bed and you wake up in hell. You wake up with people on the phone saying, 'Everything is gone. The entire district is on fire.' You wake up and hear 'There was a river of fire on the freeway.' This is the kind of stuff that goes so deep into you, it touches a place that is far beyond the first world problems we deal with on a day to day basis. This is the reality of guttural instinct, fight or flight. In that way, you can find a lot of purpose....So what are we doing now? We're going after our ordinances, we're going after every change we can make, emergency management, alert and warning, vegetation management, everything we can possibly do to prepare ourselves. The reason we are turning the page is because this energy that comes into your community, you cannot stop it. We need to think global, act local. But as Julia Jackson and others have reminded us, don't just think global and act local. Think global, act local, and act global too."
3:50pm Dr. Paul Hessburg Sr. talks about The Era of Megafires
"We have to learn to live with wildfire in a whole new way."
3:55pm "In 2017, we have spent $2.9 billion dollars on fire suppression." - Dr. Paul Hessburg Sr.
That doesn't include the cost of restoring, loss of business revenue. The true economic impact is 100 times the cost of suppression.
5:40pm Julien Gevreau moderates the Regenerative Agriculture panel with Calla Rose Ostrander and David Festa
Research has shown that natural climate solutions can play a huge part in providing emissions mitigation needed through 2030 to help cool the climate. "What we are talking about with regenerative agriculture is how can we begin to bring down the carbon emission curve, that means every year we need to put less into the atmosphere and draw down and store even more." - Calla Rose Ostrander
5:50pm "Agriculture is going to determine whether or not civilization can thrive in a climate changing world" - David Festa, Environmental Defense Fund
6:45pm Standing ovation for the Guardians of Nature panelists
7:00pm: Søren Westh Serves Specially Curated Meal.
Søren and his team created a menu featuring locally foraged ingredients from Sonoma County with the theme, “Open Your Mind.”
7:30pm: Welcoming Dinner with Words from the Younger Generation
“The first step to having a healthy community is to wake people up..It’s like when we were little and our parents told us to clean up our mess. We made this happen, we made plastic, we made fossil fuels. I think the first step to having a healthy community is to wake more people up. We have a big community, but we need to make it bigger.” - Jonny Kephart
Grounded Summit: Day 2
9:00am We welcome the day with an Earth Blessing
9:10am The Years Project & Grounded present the 1st episode of their mini series focusing on climate change solutions
"Grounded has had the pleasure to work with the Emmy award winning team at The Years Project creating a mini-series focused on climate change solutions. Many of us know the precipice we stand upon. It is important to reflect on the fact that our next steps can change our trajectory. In the video you are about to see, we explore some immediate, tangible steps to address this crisis and help sequester atmospheric carbon" - JJ Osbun, Grounded COO
9:50am Brent Constantz of Blue Planet takes the stage
"Right now we have to do what we call carbon negative technologies that are actually going to pull it out of the atmosphere and keep it out of the atmosphere...what's different about mineralizing carbon is that it's permanent."
10:00am Dr. Steve Brumby: "We are headed toward having a dashboard for the planet."
"Imagine for every protected area in the world, whether its a private area or a public area, imagine you have a dashboard that is continuously updated with the world's best science data coming from NASA, coming in from folks on the ground, the local communities, as well as quantitative census, all these things are feeding in and producing a continuously updated state of health of that region, for very region simultaneously. This overall picture can tell stories that engage audiences and provoke action. This is the stuff we know helps people make an emotional connection to something and take action."
10:15am Stephan Nicoleau of FullCycle: "We have the opportunity to rebuild the systems that are no longer serving us."
"Yesterday Paul Hawken said that we are currently living in a world in which no other humans have lived before, and that's really right. You can look at that one of two ways. Even if you're being pragmatic about it, that can be pretty terrifying. We don't really know what's to come. I choose to look at it with optimism. I think there is tremendous opportunity at hand in this new world. We have the opportunity to rebuild the systems and make obsolete the 19th and 20th century infrastructure that, while it may have done very well for us to get us to this place, is no longer serving us. And that's really the opportunity here and that's why innovation, framed correctly and collectively understood, is so important."
10:45am Ocean Health and Plastic Solutions Panel begins
"1 in 3 people depends on the sea for a piece of survival." - Jim Barry, Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
11:00am "Every other breath we take is coming from our oceans." - Emma Riley of Lonely Whale and SeaLegacy
11:20am Daniella Russo, CEO of Think Beyond Plastic shares, "Plastic has brought convenience to our lives but it’s these plastics that create the majority of the waste getting out into the environment every year.”
11:30am Shilpi Chhotray speaks on the root and breadth of plastic pollution.
"A brand audit is the new beach clean up. We're not just collecting trash, but we're looking at the brands that are creating that pollution." Read Break Free From Plastic's global brand audit report: bit.ly/brandauditreport2018
12:00pm Søren Westh & his culinary team create an eye-opening meal with the theme "Don't Waste It"
1:30pm: Gaia Gaja is welcomed by Katie Jackson
Fifth generation owner of Gaja winery in Barbaresco, and a second generation operator of Gaja Family Wine Estates, Gaia Gaja is renowned in Italy and worldwide for her reputation as an innovator and leader in quality winemaking.
She says, "Climate change is not just global warming. The effect of climate change is most of all an unpredictable behavior of climate. For example, one of the effects we can see is when we have winters that are not as snowy and cold as in the past, this is a problem because we don't have enough water getting into the soil. When your winter is not cold enough, insects, they don't die. So you have a different behavior of insects if the winter has been warm. We have soil that is becoming drier so we have less grass growing on top, you can visually see that the vineyards are different in respect to the past."
2:30pm: Louie Schwartzberg, Award-Winning filmmaker, receives a standing ovation, ending with "Self care equals world care. Nothing in nature lives alone. We can be the community that helps heal the planet."
2:40pm: Søren Westh takes the stage to share his thoughts about the future of food.
2:45pm: Rebekah Moses of Impossible Foods a company addressing climate change and sustainable food futures through plant-based meat:
"Our company is trying to provide a tool. Right now it's a small tool, we make plant based meat, but we think it can be a lever. It can be a tool put into the hands of everyone that helps a little bit in this climate crisis we are facing and that everyone is going to have to deal with in future generations."
3:00pm: Mindfulness and The Environment panel begins
"We feel such pain and there's a reason why we feel that pain. Psychologically, environmentalists self identify at a very young age. And our sense of self extends beyond the boundaries of this body. We end up falling in love with a river, a forest, a wild animal, or the earth at some point. And that love that we have makes it extremely personal when the river is harmed, when the earth is harmed. It feels very personal to us. In the process of working on these issues, we disconnect quite often. But what is most important in our own examination of mindfulness is that we actually bring that back to ourselves and remember, it's nature that heals us. For those of us under this dome, that's the thing that heals us and brings us to our mental wellbeing. If we are doing this in the long run, we need to be resilient." - Dekila Chungyalpa
3:10pm: "It's never game over. It's always game on" - Lawrence Bloom
3:25pm: Dr. Wallace J. Nichols shares Blue Mind, which has set out to pass a blue marble through every person's hand on earth.
J's work with Blue Mind is changing the way the world engages with and values waters and oceans and rethinking all the ways people spend time near, in, on or under them. After giving each attendee a marble, he says, "Look at this blue marble. That’s what we look like from a million miles away. That’s a humbling perspective, the effect of seeing our home from that distance. And that humbling perspective is really important. That little marble is a reminder that we’re small. We’re a water planet and all the things we do, the good things and the bad things, they all matter. Remember that taking care of the water is taking care of us."
3:45pm Living Buildings presented by Marta and Paul Kephart begins
4:00pm: "Studies found that just by looking at a picture of nature, patients heal faster." - Marta Kephart, sharing the power of living buildings.
5:00pm Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, former President of Iceland and Chairman, Arctic Circle takes the stage.
"Ice is neither Republican or Democrat. It simply melts. That is the reality. The Arctic is a big part of our planet where this is demonstrated every day where the climate change is warming faster than anywhere else in the planet.
If you add all the Arctic territories up, it covers 7 time zones. When you add it up, it’s almost the size of Africa. And it is determining the climate of the planet every day. The extreme weather you experienced in the US this year is primarily caused by the melting ice in the arctic.”
5:52pm: Justin Winters, Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation: "The massive challenges we face, climate change, loss of biodiversity, cannot be solved in a silo."
6:11pm: Invested in solutions, Grounded Summit ends with an Innovative Solutions panel focused on the Arctic.
Nikita Zimov gives insight into how Pleistocene Park in Siberia will help curb the rapid thawing of the permafrost. "In America, you have a big movement to become carbon neutral. This is good. But practically it's very hard. Climate change is so pronounced, it might not be enough to become carbon neutral. If there are ways out there to become carbon negative, why not implement them?"
6:20pm: Dr. Leslie Field, Founder of Ice911 is working on a way to restore Arctic ice.
"We have a solution. We can restore the Arctic's reflectivity, and here's how. One way is to find a material that would be safe enough to, when put on top of young thin, not very reflective ice, could make it act like more reflective ice." Ice911 has been researching different, safe materials that do this. "Let's slow the devastation and give the world time to decarbonize."
6:30pm: "We need to restore Arctic sea ice to give us time to help heal the climate." - Dr. Leslie Field.
7:05pm: "I want to ask of you to be a steward of the earth and in your community. We need to be an ecosystem, we need to collaborate, and we need to move quickly. Your task? Spread the word and get grounded." - Julia Jackson, Founder of Grounded
7:30pm: Visionary chef Søren Westh and his culinary team present the final meal of the Summit with a Back to the Roots theme.
“Globalization and technology have distanced us from the origin of our produce. It makes valuable resources become generic commodities. We need to get back to the roots to understand where our food comes from. We need to get our hands dirty again.“ - Søren Westh