University of Wisconsin–Madison

Earth Day@50: Aspiring for Sustainability, Striving for Justice, Crafting the Planet
Monday, April 20, 2020
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this year’s conference will set the stage for a convergence between the past and the present. We will highlight the confluence between the traditional conservation and restoration of the planet and new, ecological innovations taking place in areas such as genetics and engineering. We will discuss how we can leverage the best aspects of the past environmental movements while incorporating an increased sense of social justice. And, perhaps most importantly, we will honor those with wisdom of the natural world, while exploring new lessons that can help us all to be better environmental citizens. Join us as we work together to craft a future filled with hope, positivity, and intentionality.

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Featured speakers

Eduardo Brondizio

Distinguished Professor, Anthropology, and Director, Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes, Indiana University Bloomington; co-chair of the Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Isabella Fallahi

Co-Founder, Polluters Out; Former Communications Director, Zero Hour

Lucas Joppa

Chief Sustainability Officer, Microsoft

Tia Nelson

Tia Nelson

Managing Director - Climate, The Outrider Foundation

Jeff Orlowski

Director of Chasing Coral and Chasing Ice

Adam Rome

Professor, Environment and Sustainability, University at Buffalo; Author, The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation

Mariama White-Hammond

Pastor of Ecological Justice

Presenting Sponsors

Sal & Judy Troia

Carrie Lee Nelson & Family
Gaylord Jr. “Happy”, Jeff, Tia

Pat & Dan Cornwell

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