Revitalizing Ecosystems in Greater Boston to Survive Climate Change – 1 – Opening Remarks

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

Published on Apr 21, 2018
Massachusetts Sierra Club Greater Boston Group and Biodiversity for a Livable Climate invite you this all-day conference focused on the importance of ecosystem health. Ecosystems across our highly developed region are threatened by climate change. At the same time, local ecosystems can help us to weather the coming climate shocks. Ecosystems are our allies, and there is much that we can do to revitalize them in our yards, streets, neighborhoods, parks, wetlands and waters. Zeyneb Magavi, a lead organizer of Mothers Out Front, will describe these connections.

Keynote speaker Tom Wessels, author of The Myth of Progress, Toward a Sustainable Future, will speak on Self-organization, Co-evolution, Resiliency, and Stability. Self-organization is a natural process—that, as a system grows it also becomes more complex. The talk will focus on how this process works in ecosystems via co-evolution to generate the incredible biodiversity we see in nature. Many examples of regional co-evolved relationships will be used to illustrate how co-evolution works. The talk then shows how this process is a wonderful model for creating sustainable human systems.

In afternoon workshops attendees will meet, connect with and learn from organizations that are practicing restoration and conservation of ecosystems in locations around the Greater Boston region: soils, trees, forests and other plants, wetlands, freshwater streams, lakes and ponds, coastal shores and salt marshes.

The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and most effective grassroots environmental organization. Here in Massachusetts, your local chapter has an over 48-year legacy of protecting the environment with successful legislative, advocacy, and educational campaigns.

Biodiversity for a Livable Climate was founded in 2013 by Jim Laurie, Karl Thidemann, Helen D. Silver, Jane Hammer and Adam Sacks. We saw an urgent need to expand the climate conversation to include the seriously underestimated positive impacts of the biosphere on the climate and physical world. We see how appropriate human approaches to nature may be able to reverse the effects of global warming despite our inability to date to reduce emissions in a timely manner. Our goal is to contribute to planetary regeneration through research, education, collaboration and action to restore essential global biodiversity.

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