Environment

Expert Event

The University of Arizona, Biosphere 2

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Agenda

Evening

Welcome Dinner


Speaker

Kate Robertson 

David Jones

Mayor Rothschild


Evening

Welcome to Arizona and Biosphere 2

The University of Arizona’s Dean of Science welcomes the delegates and sets out his vision for the future of the Biosphere and what he hopes the One Young World Environment Summit series will achieve.


Speaker

Joaquin Ruiz, director of University of Arizona Biosphere 2, dean of the UA College of Science, Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Professor


Morning

Founders Welcome


Speaker

Kate Robertson 

David Jones


Morning

Changing Weather Patterns

Tornadoes, hurricanes, drought: the USA has never experienced such diverse and extreme weather conditions. Arguments about whether or not these relate to man-made climate change dominate the political landscape; Jennifer Gray lends her expertise and scientific analysis to the debate. 


Speaker

Jennifer Gray, CNN Meteorologist


Morning

Innovation Planet

The author of Innovation Nation shares the ways in which innovation can be harnessed to address complex global challenges, and how innovation stewardship should work at a global level.  John Kao delves into encouraging international collaboration and alignment in explosively growing new areas of scientific, technological and human design innovation, such as cleantech, nanotechnology and more.


Speaker

John Kao, author of Innovation Nation and CEO of Edgemakers


Morning

Use Your Ecomagination

Ecomagination is GE’s growth strategy to enhance resource productivity and reduce environmental impact. Deb Frodl discusses their core ethos of partnership and advises young people on how to create profitable and productive partnerships in order to solve environmental challenges.


Speaker

Deb Frodl, Global Executive Director, Ecomagination at GE

 


Morning

Keynote Speech

President Alejandro Toledo discusses his political career in Peru, including being elected as Peru’s first indigenous President. He also discusses his work campaigning on indigenous rights and the environmental and health issues present in that. 


Speaker

President Alejandro Toledo, first indigenous President of Peru

 


Morning

Delegate Speech



Morning

Indigenous communities and environmental challenges (panel)

Arizona is the state that is home to the third highest number of Native Americans in the USA. Climate change threatens Native Peoples’ access to traditional foods and adequate water, forcing relocation of some Native communities. A panel of experts will address the challenges faced by tribes confronting the realities of climate change and the ways in which indigenous and non-indigenous young people can engage with tribes and Native communities on these issues.


Panelists

Nicolas Ibarguen, Environment Correspondent, Fusion and Univision

President Alejandro Toledo

Eliane Karp, anthropology visiting lecturer at Stanford, former First Lady of Peru

Zac McCue One Young World Ambassador, Curve Lake First Nation Councilman 


Morning Break

Break



Morning

Protecting the Arctic and Antarctic

Robert Swan is a polar explorer, environmentalist and the first man ever to walk unsupported to both the North and South Poles. His contribution to education and the environment have been recognized through his appointment as UN Goodwill Ambassador for Youth – his keynote speech addresses the challenges of the melting polar regions and the role young people can play in preserving them.


Speaker

Robert Swan OBE, first person to reach both the North and South Poles

 


Morning

Delegate Speech



Morning

National Security Implications of Climate Change (panel)

In May 2015 a White House Report from the Department of Homeland Security predicted that Climate Change will place a severe strain on the national infrastructure of the United States. Chaired by Alexander Verbeek, founder of Planetary Security Conference, this panel explores the security implications of Climate Change, such as increasing poverty, political instability and social conditions, which enable terrorist activity and other forms of violence.


Panelists

Alexander Verbeek, Founder, Planetary Security Conference

Col Hal Bidlack, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Climate and Security

Sharon Burke, Senior Advisor, Research Security


Morning

The Role of Big Business in Sustainable Development (panel)

Over the last decade there has been a concerted drive amongst the global business community to develop more sustainable business models and practices. Phillip Barlag is MD of world 50, a private company for executives from global organisations to share ideas and collaborate. Leading sustainability experts join Philip to discuss the future of corporate sustainability and the role young employees can play in pushing companies to place “people” and “planet” alongside “profit”.


Panelists

Phillip Barlag, MD, World 50 Inc

Charlene Wheeless, Principal Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Bechtel

John Schulz, AVP Sustainability Operations, AT&T

Leon Wijnands, Global Head of Sustainability, ING


Morning

The Business Case for Sustainability

Young leaders who are passionate about environmental change are often met with the challenge of whether investing in sustainability is worth it for their company. Using the 2015 Cox Conserves Sustainability Survey, Jami Buck-Vance helps prove the business case for running an environmentally friendly business with findings driven by the millennial generation’s commitment to creating sustainable business practices.


Speaker

Jami Buck-Vance, Director of Corporate Responsibility & Community Partnerships, Cox Enterprises


Afternoon

The lack of political action on climate change (panel)

Politicians fear public resistance to policies necessary to meet the disastrous long term effects of climate change. Drawing from their wealth of political experience, the panelists discuss the politics of climate change with regard to legally binding deals as well as the complexities of long-term targets. Young people have a key role to play in increasing political action on climate change and this session is an opportunity to learn about the ways in which they can meaningfully engage with the political system to drive change.


Panelists

Nina Burleigh, National Politics Correspondent at Newsweek Magazine

Jan Pronk, Dutch Minister

Christine Milne, Former Leader of Australian Green Party

Margie Alt, Executive Director, Environment America


Morning

Malaria and Climate Change

Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest diseases but Malaria No More’s life saving tools and education programs have saved over 6 million lives in Africa since 2000. As the climate warms, malaria will be on the march, expanding its range to previously safe high-altitude territory, putting even more pressure on prevention campaigns—and if those fail, leading to more deaths. Martin Edlund discusses the future of Malaria and the ways in which his organization is adapting to combat the challenges of climate change. 


Speaker

Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More


Morning

The Magic of Threes

"The Magic of Threes" A breakthrough technique to consistently accomplish the goals in your career and your life! Developed in the management of the careers of superstar clients including Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Olivia Newton John and the Bee Gees, this is a simple principal you can begin applying immediately to anything and everything you do.


Speaker

Ken Kragen, Producer of We Are The World and Hands Across America


Lunch break

Lunch

ENR2 cantina



Afternoon

SHFT and consumer behaviour

Actor and environmentalist, Adrian Grenier, explores the idea that “environmentalism” as a movement, as a separate category, has become anathema.  Adrian’s lifestyle platform, SHFT is based on the notion that Sustainability should be folded into the fabric of our lives, a part of our consciousness that touches everything we do.


Speaker

Adrian Grenier, Actor and Activist, Founder of SHFT


Afternoon

Food Security (panel)

Food Security is one of the most pressing environmental issues of the 21st century. In the USA, the 10th richest country by GDP per capita, 49 million people live in food-insecure households. As in previous centuries, there are many environmental challenges in the fight against hunger, including water crises, land degradation and climate change. World experts on Food Security delve into issues such as population growth and sustainable agriculture and shine a light on innovative solutions to the one of the biggest concerns facing the millennial generation.


Panelists

Miranda Johnson, Environment Correspondent, The Economist

Hugh Welsh, President of DSM North America

Howard Shapiro, Global Director of Plant Science and External Research, Mars Incorporated

Komal Ahmad, Founder and CEO of Copia


Afternoon

Delegate Speech



Afternoon

Greenhouse Technology

The University of Arizona is a world leader in greenhouse technologies and the innovation which is required to feed the world’s ever-growing population. Professor Giacomelli is the Director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center [CEAC] at the University of Arizona and shares the latest technologies and their applications to inspire young leaders to think differently about how we farm and distribute food. 


Speaker

Gene Giacomelli, Professor Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering Dept & Director Controlled Environment Agriculture Centre


Afternoon

Making COP 21 Last

One Young World’s CallOnCOP campaign was the only global campaign to feature every country in the world in advance of the 2015 climate talks in Paris. As President of the Kyoto Protocol during the implementation phase, Jan Pronk has the expertise and experience to advise young leaders on the role citizens can plan in cementing political will and turning the COP 21 Agreement into lasting action.


Speaker

Minister Jan Pronk, Veteran of Dutch Politics - President of Kyoto Protocol

 


Afternoon

Delegate Speech



Afternoon

Delegate Speech



Afternoon

Green Government

As Federal Sustainability Officer, Christine Harada is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. Christine Harada shares the challenges of the government leading by example when it comes to sustainability and the economic benefits of environmental performance. 


Speaker

Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer


Afternoon Break

Break



Afternoon

Engineering a Zero Carbon Future

As a global leader in sustainability efforts, Jan Rabe discusses Siemens AG's plans to reduce its global carbon footprint by 50% by 2020 and how the company will eventually reach a carbon neutral status. Jan provides practical and technical information so that young business leaders can make the case for carbon reduction and implement it efficiently.


Speaker

Jan Rabe, Sustainability Director, Siemens AG


Afternoon

Renewable Energy Innovation (panel)

Forum for the Future along with social-consciousness ‘zine Collectively has run a competition to find two young renewable energy entrepreneurs. The winners will present their initiatives alongside UK Godfather-of-Green Sir Jonathon Porritt in order to excite young leaders about new renewable technology. 


Panelists

Sir Jonathon Porritt, Founder, Forum for the Future

2 winners of Collectively Scholarship for young renewable energy entrepreneurs


Afternoon

WildAid: conservation of endangered species (panel)

WildAid is dedicated to reducing poaching of endangered species by interrupting the demand for exotic animal products. They are launching a USA-wide campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed to biodiversity and endangered animals if US consumers continue to buy products such as ivory and shark fin soup. The panel will discuss the role young people can play in reducing demand so that the killing can stop. 


Speaker

John Baker, MD of WildAid


Afternoon

Delegate Speech



Afternoon

Innovating Solutions

Most of us want to do the right thing when it comes to the environment. But things aren’t as simple as opting for the paper bag, says sustainability strategist Leyla Acaroglu. A call for us to let go of tightly-held green myths and to think in new and innovative ways in order to come up with solutions big and bold enough to take on environmental challenges.


Speaker

Leyla Acaroglu, Founder and director of Eco Innovators & Disrupt Design, creative force for positive sustainability-led change


Afternoon

Delegate Speech



Afternoon

Life in Biosphere 2

25 years after they entered Biosphere 2 for two years, Taber McCallum and Jayne Poynter reflect on the science behind the unique “wonder of the world” and the role that the world’s largest earth science laboratory can play in generating environmental solutions for years to come.


Speaker

Taber McCallum
Jayne Poynter


Afternoon

The Orbital Perspective

Former NASA Astronaut, Ron Garan, uses images and footage from his six months living on the International Space Station to give an “orbital perspective” of life on earth and the fragility of our planet. Ron’s experience living with Russian cosmonauts gives him a unique insight into the possibilities that emerge from international collaboration and answering the question “what kind of world do you want?”


Speaker

Ron Garan, Former NASA Astronaut

 


Evening

Tucson Block Party

Main Gate Square Welcomes One Young World Environment Summit to Tucson!

Enjoy yourself at our Free Friday Block Party on University Boulevard featuring:

  • An outdoor jazz concert featuring the Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band from 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Extended Happy Hour at participating merchants
  • Merchant initiated activities such as entertainment, free samples, wine tastings, local artists, shows, hand or chair massages, hookah, karaoke, DJ’s
  • Check-in of delegates at 6 foot high NASA Earth Globe
  • “Selfie” photo station with University of Arizona mascots Wilbur and Wilma (6:30-8:00 PM)
  • Local performance and street artists, including LeadGuitar.org performances
  • SARSEF students grades 4-12 (10 examples) award winning  local science fair project displays related to the environment
  • Interactive art installation “Before I Die”
  • Ben’s Bells Kindness Project open studio

Every Block Party participant will receive a Ben’s Bells Kindness Souvenir Gift Bag courtesy of Marshall Foundation.



May 21 2016 - Biosphere 2

All Day

Breakout Sessions

The Breakout Sessions will be held in and around Biosphere 2. Delegates will be assigned to Breakout Sessions based on the topics they selected on their registration form. The following speakers and organisations will be hosting Breakout Sessions:

  • The Economist 
  • American Security Project 
  • Environment America
  • Edgemakers 
  • WildAid 
  • Eco-magination


Evening

Closing dinner on the lawn at Biosphere2