Water, Water Everywhere….
Farming Adaptation Conference February 7, 2014
In February, 2014 we continue our conversation on how to adapt farming strategies to climate change. Our keynote speaker this year is Albert Bates, long time environmental advocate, lawyer, and activist.
Albert Bates is author of many books including The Biochar Solution, The Post Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook, and Climate in Crisis. He is the cofounder of Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology (which he has headed for 35 years) and the Global Ecovillage Network. Current projects include a peace-through-permaculture project in Palestine and the Sail Transport Network, moving fair trade goods along coastal routes. In 1980 Albert shared the Right Livelihood Award (considered an “Alternative Nobel”) for work in preserving indigenous culture. His first book (Honicker v Hendrie, 1977) is considered by many environmentalists to mark the turning point in nuclear power’s ascent. Of his latest book, Huffington Post said, “Bates has woven together a highly engaging interdisciplinary answer to climate change … a lively page-turner that blends clear-headed analysis with nuts-and-bolts advice … enough danger to wake us up, but enough opportunity to emerge feeling hopeful.”
We take as a starting point that a confluence of factors – overpopulation, climate change, peak net energy, limits to growth and economic malaise – is auguring a wide-ranging crisis in human civilization, and concomitantly, a search at the margins for alternatives. Among the fruits of these explorations are flourishing local communities and neighborhoods all over the world, having a high degree of self-determination and diversity in culture, “green enterprise” and built environments. A significant fraction of these are self-described “ecovillages;” numbering at first order of approximation some 20,000 in 2013. Ecovillages have been making strategic investments in adaptive responses to the global crises that also mitigate the damage by marginally reducing, or even reversing, the transfer of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, including:
Integrated aquaponics and waste remediation
“Permafuels” for transportation and district heating
- Networking/social event with Albert Bates and other authors the night before
- Break out sessions for in-depth analysis of specific issues for large scale, medium and backyard farmers along with foodshed activists.
- Local lunch from CCCC Natural Chef Program
- Open Source Facilitation sessions, to be led by participants’ concerns and questions
If you have a specific question or idea about this conference, emails us at email@example.com!
As we learned last year, there are SO many important things to discuss from a farming perspective when it comes to identifying strategies to adapt to climate change. We want to be thorough and give participants an in-depth understanding of solutions, thus this year the theme of the conference is WATER..we will still cover lots of other topics too! Agenda coming soon!
As farmers, backyard gardeners and researchers, we drink it, we feed plants with it, we do our best to manage it during large storms. We touch water every day of our lives and rely on it for infinite number of ecological functions. Thus, all participants will delve deep into this conversation and leave the conference with a very strong grasp of the liquid of life.
History of the Conference
In 2012, a farmer approached us, asking us to put on a workshop for farmers looking for ways to combat the challenging effects of climate change on their farms. In response, we took it one step further and held our first annual Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Feb. 2013, assembling researchers, farmers, and creative thinkers to discuss concerns and share and develop solutions. Check out what we did in 2013 here.