Plenaries | 2013
Thank you to all our Plenaries for a fantastic Conference
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins is the CEO of Green For All, which under her leadership has become one of the country's leading advocacy groups for a clean-energy economy, winning policy victories and developing innovative pilot projects at the federal, state, and local levels while redefining the face of environmentalism through youth engagement and partnerships with popular artists. (www.greenforall.org)
Dekila Chungyalpa is Director of the Sacred Earth Program at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which partners with faith leaders and institutions to protect biodiversity, natural resources and environmental services around the world. Dekila previously led WWF's efforts in the Mekong region on hydropower and climate change and on community-based conservation in the Eastern Himalayas.
TOM B.K. GOLDTOOTH
Tom B.K. Goldtooth is the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), headquartered at Bemidji, Minnesota. A social change activist within the Native American community for over 30 years, he has become an environmental and economic justice leader, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Tom co-produced an award-winning documentary film, Drumbeat For Mother Earth, which addresses the affects of bio-accumulative chemicals on indigenous peoples, and is active with many environmental and social justice organizations besides IEN. (www.ienearth.org)
NALINI M. NADKARNI
Nalini M. Nadkarni, aka "the Queen of the Forest Canopy," world-renowned for her studies of rainforests and treetop organisms, is Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Utah and a passionate communicator about nature and science to people in all walks of life, from urban youth to artists to legislators to incarcerated men and women.
Darren Doherty, a 5th generation Australian farmer and Permaculture pioneer who has worked in over 40 countries over 20 years as a farm planning consultant and educator, originated the Keyline Design Course and the RegenAG concept. Darren has designed thousands of projects, focusing on the practical regeneration of agricultural landscapes, soils, communities, and families. (www.heenandoherty.com)
Janine Benyus, a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including the seminal Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, The Biomimicry Institute, and, most recently the social enterprise Biomimicry3.8, the world's leader in biomimicry innovation consulting, training for professionals, and curricula development for educators. Janine's many prestigious awards include a Heinz Award, a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet and a UNEP Champion of the Earth. (www.biomimicry.net)
Photo: Mark Bryant Photo.
David McConville, is a media artist who designs visualization tools for seeing the world in new ways. He is President of the board of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, which facilitates convergences across design, art, science, and technology to identify and cultivate whole systems strategies for addressing complex global challenges. (www.bfi.org)
Danny Glover, a commanding presence on screen and stage for over 25 years whose credits range from such blockbusters as the Lethal Weapon franchise to countless independent features, is also a multiple award-winning international film producer who co-founded Louverture Films. Glover is also a tireless, award-winning activist and philanthropist, focused on economic justice and access to health care and education in the U.S. and Africa, including as a UNICEF Ambassador.