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.
Joaquin Ruiz, director of University of Arizona Biosphere 2, dean of the UA College of Science, Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Professor
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.
Jennifer Gray, CNN Meteorologist
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.
John Kao, author of Innovation Nation and CEO of Edgemakers
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.
Deb Frodl, Global Executive Director, Ecomagination at GE
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.
President Alejandro Toledo, first indigenous President of Peru
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.
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
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.
Robert Swan OBE, first person to reach both the North and South Poles
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.
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
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”.
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
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.
Jami Buck-Vance, Director of Corporate Responsibility & Community Partnerships, Cox Enterprises
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.
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
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.
Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More
The Magic of Threes
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Ken Kragen, Producer of We Are The World and Hands Across America
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.
Adrian Grenier, Actor and Activist, Founder of SHFT
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.
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
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.
Gene Giacomelli, Professor Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering Dept & Director Controlled Environment Agriculture Centre
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.
Minister Jan Pronk, Veteran of Dutch Politics - President of Kyoto Protocol
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.
Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer
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.
Jan Rabe, Sustainability Director, Siemens AG
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.
Sir Jonathon Porritt, Founder, Forum for the Future
2 winners of Collectively Scholarship for young renewable energy entrepreneurs
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.
John Baker, MD of WildAid
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.
Leyla Acaroglu, Founder and director of Eco Innovators & Disrupt Design, creative force for positive sustainability-led change
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.
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?”
Ron Garan, Former NASA Astronaut
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
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