Abundance NC’s Climate Change Adaptation Conference grew out of a need for education and support of our local farmers, who have been in distress due to the extreme weather challenges they’ve been facing in the last several years. This is an innovative, first-of-its-kind conference that draws powerful speakers and sells out each year.
2016’s conference will explore both practical and social solutions and adaptations to climate change. We will dig deep on this one by exploring the nuts and bolts of on-the-ground, down-and-dirty farming, permaculture techniques and hard data, as well as seeking the very root of climate change and other forms of natural environment destruction. We can adapt to a changing climate, but if we don’t strike the root we’ll never repair whats been broken. We believe this exploration starts with our basic assumptions about the merits of our civilization and what it took to get here: including the inequity of race, colonization and the politics of extraction in an increasingly damaged world.
Pre-Registration for the full-day Conference on Friday is sliding scale $20-$65 until February 15th.
After Feb 15th, registration is $45-$65 sliding scale. (pre-registration is crucial for event planning!)
REGISTER HERE for the full-day Conference.
The pre-conference “Amuse Bouche” on March 3th (the night before the conference) is open to the public. There will be appetizers and drinks followed by a discussion with Natasha Bowens, Laura Lengnick and Maurice Small about food sovereignty and social issues, with Leonidea Inge of WUNC as moderator.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.
REGISTER HERE for the “Amuse Bouche” event.
2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Natasha Bowens is an author, farmer, and political activist whose advocacy focuses on food sovereignty and social issues. As a young biracial woman in today’s agricultural movement, she is dedicated to honoring, preserving, and amplifying the stories of Black, Native, Asian and Latino farmers and food activists. Her multimedia project The Color of Food evolved from her work exploring the intersection of race and agriculture for Grist magazine, and from her blog Brown.Girl.Farming, where she writes about issues related to racial inequality, food sovereignty, and resilience. Natasha has interviewed and photographed over 65 North American farmers of color; her work has garnered her national media attention, and she has been featured on CNN, The Atlantic, and Colorlines.
It is the growers, researchers, activists and eaters who will make successful adaptation possible. Because of the urgency and importance of tackling climate change now, all of us are being called upon to “stretch” — to challenge ourselves to change how we do things. Passing knowledge along at events like this conference is one way to do it.
Special thanks to our partner, Central Carolina Community College.
We’re proud to be sharing our 4th Climate Change Conference with you!
OUR SPEAKERS and Sponsors can be found HERE.
We hope you can join us!