• Climate, Biodiversity, and Survival: Listening to the Voices of Nature
    We now have a growing collection of science that demonstrates the abilities – even intelligence – of creatures across the kingdoms of life. We’ll review fascinating scientific research and everyday experiences that must give us pause. Such investigations indicate how brilliant the being that some have called Gaia – Planet Earth – collectively is. It’s not just about animals either – it’s also about fungi, plants and microbes, and how we humans are just one small part of this great symphony of intelligent life. Indigenous cultures have known this forever, the rest of us have some catching up to do. Fortunately we are finally leaving behind us the scientific curse of “anthropomorphism,” the idea that attributing any form of intelligence to non-human creatures was really just a matter of over-using our imaginations. You may ask, “What does pan-species intelligence have to do with climate and biodiversity?” In keeping with our striving towards systems thinking we would say “a lot”! Can we let go of our hubris, our belief that we are the chosen ones, and realize that compassion and collaboration, far more than competition, are the essence of life on Earth? If we can, perhaps we will finally become the stewards – and the stewarded – that we can and should be. === We promise that you will be astonished and delighted, as have we, at recent as well as ancient insights about the creatures we share Planet Earth with. They are smart and compassionate, they lead rich and loving lives, and we rely on their diverse and varied presence for our own survival. They’re talking to us, and this will be a weekend where we learn more about how to listen – and to marvel. Here’s a sample of what we’ll be pondering. === Tickets: Regular: $200 Early Bird through November 7th: $150 Low Budget: $50 Students: $15 Volunteer opportunities are available, please contact [masked]. More information on speakers, program and tickets available at http://bio4climate.org/species-intelligence/ or Register now! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-biodiversity-and-survival-listening-to-the-voices-of-nature-tickets-49104075612. === Note: Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is this conference a Harvard University program or activity.

    Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University

    24 Oxford St. · Cambridge, MA

  • Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Started a Scientific Revolution!
    "Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientific Revolution" is a new documentary created by award-winning filmmaker John Feldman. It weaves a complex story about how the radical ideas of scientist Lynn Margulis are fostering a new approach to understanding life which encourages a symbiotic and cooperative lifestyle. It strikes at the very core of the mechanistic worldview that success comes only through competitive struggle. Film and panel discussion. Meet Lynn's colleagues and learn about one of the best-loved revolutionaries in the history of science! Regular ticket, $10 Students, $5 Please sign up at https://bio4climate.org/symbiotic-earth/. Note: Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is not affiliated with Harvard University and this is not a Harvard event.

    Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University

    24 Oxford St. · Cambridge, MA

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  • Ridge Shinn: New England Feeding Itself with 100% Grassfed, Local, Pastured Beef
    Join us for a delicious potluck and stimulating discussion with long-time Massachusetts holistic rancher and market innovator Ridge Shinn. His organization, Big Picture Beef, promotes humane treatment of animals, healthy soils, human health, climate-positive regenerative practices, local and regional markets, and a good living for farmers. Ridge spoke at our first conference in 2014, you can watch the video of his talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch? and read more about his work on his website, https://www.bigpicturebeef.com/. Ridge will tell us the fascinating story of his journey as a regenerative land management advocate - expect an enlightening and entertaining evening! ==== Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is a small non-profit so a minimum donation of $10 is requested. To get to Helen Snively's house take the MBTA red line to Central Square; on-street parking is free on Sunday if you prefer to drive. The house is at One Fayette Park, immediately past the first driveway on the right. It's a green 4-family. Come up to the first porch and look for a number 1 on the door. If you have questions please post to this Meetup, or call Helen at[masked]

    Helen Snively's House

    Fayette Park · Cambridge, MA

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  • Let's Talk About Drawdown, by Paul Hawken
    Last year Paul Hawken and his research team published Drawdown, a remarkable collection of climate solutions from the high-tech to the amazing lowly biological. What are the implications for climate and biodiversity? Join the conversation with Bio4Climate staff, including scientist Jim Laurie, executive director Adam Sacks, and associate director Paula Phipps. We'll explore the possibilities that Hawken describes - some of the whys and wherefores, the good and the not-so-good - it's a smorgasbord, there's something for everyone to love or despise. If you have a copy of Drawdown bring it along, propose your favorites for animated discussion. BTW, it's very browse-able, beautifully designed too, and affordable. Even if you've never seen Drawdown before, come anyway. We'll have a few extra copies to peruse - and you will surely have an opinion! Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is a small non-profit so a minimum donation of $10 is requested. To get to Helen Snively's house take the MBTA red line to Central Square; on-street parking is free on Sunday if you prefer to drive. The house is at One Fayette Park, immediately past the first driveway on the right. It's a green 4-family. Come up to the first porch and look for a number 1 on the door. If you have questions please post to this Meetup, or call Helen at[masked]

    Helen Snively's House

    Fayette Park · Cambridge, MA

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  • Walter Jehne: New Climate Solutions - Water Cycles and the Soil Carbon Sponge
    NOTE: It's helpful if you sign up on Meetup, but you can also just show up at the event! ===== A talk by Australian climate scientist and soil microbiologist Walter Jehne, Director of Healthy Soils Australia Organized by Paula C. Phipps An internationally-recognized Australian climate scientist and soil microbiologist, Walter Jehne was one of the early researchers on glomalin, mycorrhizal fungi, and root ecology. He will describe how quickly, affordably and naturally we can reverse global warming and its effects by working with the water cycle and the soil sponge. Walter worked for three decades at CSIRO – the Australian government’s scientific research organization, with the UN and with NGOs to create global change in food systems and climate response. Walter is a leader in the grassroots movement to educate farmers, industry and policymakers on the crucial role of soil ecosystems in global climate change. In 2017, he was part of an invitation-only UN FAO conference in Paris looking at bringing soil into the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Note: This event is not a Harvard University program or activity. Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is not affiliated with Harvard University. Photo credit: Seth Itzkan

    Haller Lecture Hall (Harvard)

    24 Oxford Street · Cambridge, MA 02138, MA

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  • The Mysteries of Climate Modeling Unveiled - with Eddie Robins
    Everything you never realized you really wanted to know about how we know what we know about global warming! Do you wish you could understand the factors behind climate change—and how they interact—but find it all overwhelming? You’re not alone. It’s an enormous challenge to pull together the vast array of interacting elements—from the subnuclear to the cosmic—that influence the climate. But for 40 years Eddie Robins has been rising to challenges like that: as a physicist, working to understand the nature of complex problems and build complex simulations. That thinking has led him to crucial breakthroughs and solutions in many different jobs in multiple industries and tech fields. And now he’s applying that thinking to the climate. At this meetup, he’ll explain some basic principles of modeling and climate science, with slides, and open it up to questions fairly quickly—because we’ll have lots of them. He’s an engaging story-teller, so this should be fun—and illuminating. Come stretch your mind! Eddie Robins is an ace physicist, inventor, businessman and enthusiastic explorer of the universe - with a sense of humor! • What to bring An item of food or drink to share, tending to the healthy and organic. • Important to know Biodiversity for a LIvable Climate is a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested. To get to Helen Snively's house take the MBTA red line to Central Square; on-street parking is free on Sunday if you prefer to drive. The house is at One Fayette Park, immediately past the first driveway on the right. It's a green 4-family. Come up to the first porch and look for a number 1 on the door. If you have questions please post to this Meetup, or call Helen at[masked]

    Helen Snively's House

    Fayette Park · Cambridge, MA

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  • Judy Schwartz: The Future Is Regenerative, Glimpses of a Growing Global Movement
    • What we'll do Potluck starts at 6, discussion at 7. Judy Schwartz, journalist and author of two recent books - Cows Save the Planet, and Water in Plain Sight - has been traveling the world to report on the accelerating momentum of Regenerative Agriculture. Scientists and activists are increasingly finding ecological approaches to producing food and fiber. Major NGOs and the business world are now taking note. In the past few years, Judy has encountered numerous innovative efforts to restore land and ecosystem function while addressing climate change and enhancing opportunities for local communities: from “Climate Beneficial Wool” and “regenerative wine” in the U.S. to reviving culinary plants like mesquite (for baking) and agave in Mexico, to promoting mulberry enterprises in war-torn Afghanistan. She’ll offer a global overview of this rapidly growing movement. • What to bring An item of food or drink to share, tending to the healthy and organic. • Important to know Biodiversity for a LIvable Climate is a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested. Helen Snively's house is about halfway between Central Square and Inman Square. Take the MBTA red line to Central Square, exit the station walking down Massachusetts Avenue in the direction of Harvard Square (away from Boston). Walk five blocks and make a right on Lee Street, then walk two blocks past Harvard Street and Broadway. Cross Broadway onto Fayette Street (which will be in front of you), walk down Fayette and make your first left onto Fayette Park (a private way). If you're coming by car, there's ample free parking on Sundays in Cambridge. The address is One Fayette Park, immediately past the first driveway on the right. It's a green 4-family. Come up on the first porch and look for a number 1 on the door. If you have questions please post to this Meetup, or call Helen at[masked]

    Helen Snively's House

    Fayette Park · Cambridge, MA

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  • Slow Money with founder Woody Tasch, JP Forum
    • Join co-sponsor Bio4Climate at the First Church in Jamaica Plain, 6 Eliot Street. Sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Forum, details at https://jamaicaplainforum.org/event/woody-tasch-soil-2017/.

    First Church In Jamaica Plain

    6 Eliot Street · Boston, MA

  • Biochar Practitioner Todd Breitenstein on Living Soils and Growing with Biochar
    Potuck 6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Helen Snively's place near Central Square. Todd Breitenstein opened the Grateful Garden Center in Hanover MA in 2013 . He is a farmer and vegetable gardener, a practitioner who has worked with biochar for four years. He will talk about the 4x8 comparison beds he has maintained and will share his results as we'll as what he has come to understand. Todd has also been using containers of varied sizes to make it possible for people without much land to grow successfully. He is using Chargrow biochar developed on Cape Cod by Bob Wells and will also talk about their biochar production process. ==== Biodiversity for a LIvable Climate is a small non-profit so a $10 donation is requested. Helen Snively's house is about halfway between Central Square and Inman Square. Take the MBTA red line to Central Square, exit the station walking down Massachusetts Avenue in the direction of Harvard Square (away from Boston). Walk five blocks and make a right on Lee Street, then walk two blocks past Harvard Street and Broadway. Cross Broadway onto Fayette Street (which will be in front of you), walk down Fayette and make your first left onto Fayette Park (a private way). If you're coming by car, there's ample free parking on Sundays in Cambridge. The address is One Fayette Park, immediately past the first driveway on the right. It's a green 4-family. Come up on the first porch and look for a number 1 on the door. If you have questions please post to this Meetup, or call Helen at[masked]

    Helen Snively's House

    Fayette Park · Cambridge, MA

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  • Climate Reckoning: Paths to an Earth Restored
    One of the most exciting and hopeful conferences of the new millennium! Note: This Meetup event requires that you sign up for the conference here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-reckoning-paths-to-an-earth-restored-tickets-37980907918?aff=eac2), not just on Meetup. More information on our main conference page (http://bio4climate.org/climate-reckoning). Systems thinking takes on climate! The most powerful climate tool isn’t emissions reductions, regenerative agriculture, holistic management, biochar, soil restoration or any of a number of others. Because global warming isn’t just about greenhouse gases, food, industrial society, biodiversity loss, poor individual choices, destructive corporations, poor soil health, or any of a long list of ills. It’s about all of them. As individuals or even organizations we can’t address all of them, but growing our understanding of how the Earth system works, with all its complex interactive parts, leads us to better decisions. Visit our website (http://bio4climate.org/climate-reckoning) for more information, and get tickets on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-reckoning-paths-to-an-earth-restored-tickets-37980907918?aff=eac2). Note: Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is this conference a Harvard University program or activity.

    Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University

    24 Oxford St. · Cambridge, MA