In Support Of
What is Balancing the Biome Summit?
Presented by CRUDE and Humble Bloom, this inaugural digital conference dives into the world of the microbiome and its role in human health and sustainability with panel discussions, fireside chats, hands-on DIY sessions and more!
Through conversations with experts and advocates across industries, we’ll connect the dots on biodiversity and intersectionality, exploring new ways of renewing and restoring our intelligent bodies and planet by harnessing the wisdom of the natural world.
All proceeds of this event benefit the Return to the Heart Foundation. Join us in aiding their mission in supporting Indigenous women facilitating healing and furthering sustainability in Native communities.
Starts at 10am MT Friday & Saturday
Industry SLC @ 650 S. 500 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake
CONFERENCE AT INDUSTRY SLC
RIGHTS OF NATURE INTRO
The Rights of Nature movement states that nature has a right to exist, flourish and be recognized as a rights-bearing entity. As such, nature has legal rights that can be enforced by people, governments, and communities. In practice, Rights of Nature creates duties for humans to act as guardians on behalf of the “non-human” world.
CORPORATE CARE + CONSCIOUSNESS
WholesomeCo Cannabis takes a sustainability-first approach in many facets of their business in order to set a new standard for the cannabis industry, which is notoriously wasteful and operates with a large footprint. Hear how this corporation incorporates plants and empowers people through their values and actions.
Julian Miranda: Community Engagement Manager
SOUL MOMENT: WATER WISDOM
Tap into the force universally symbolizing life, movement, purification, transformation, and healing.
Jordan Danielle: Multidisciplinary Artist
SAVE OUR GREAT SALT LAKE
The state and fate of Utah's Great Lake. How we got here, why current strategies have failed, and the need for a broarder, life-affirming movement like Rights of Nature.
BREAK: REFRESH & REVIVE
SOUL MOMENT: WATERWORKS
Select readings from award-winning authors and poets living and writing in Utah.
RIGHTS OF NATURE: BEFORE WE RUN DRY
To meet the challenge of saving Great Salt Lake, we need a new approach. Rights of Nature is the movement shifting the paradigm in hearts, minds, and environmental law.
Grant Wilson: Executive Director, Earth Law Center
Meditative movement and breathwork for grounding and energizing bodies and minds.
Kera Thompson: Registered Yoga Teacher
INTERSECTIONS OF A LIMINAL STATE
We sit at an interconnected series of crises threatening our survival. In order to heal and survive, we must take an intersectional approach to ecological restoration and grassroots organizing.
Alastair Lee Bitsóí: Writer, Creator, Storyteller, Farmer and Model/Actor
Ashley Finley: Birthkeeper and Community Activist
Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo: Artist, Community Organizer & Talking Wings Co-Founder
Katie Boué: Outdoor Advocacy Project Founder
Isaias Hernandez: Environmental Educator
Community building and alternative learning workshops rooted in empathy and strategy.
LEGISLATIVE WORKSHOP: Join HEAL Utah for a 101 on how the legislative process works and how you can participate every step of the way! During this presentation, we will break down how a bill becomes a law and tips on contacting your lawmakers to push for meaningful change.
COMMUNITY HERBALISM + COOPERATIVE MODELS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: Learn about Mobile Moon Co-op's model for wealth redistribution, power decentralization, and community-building as methods of fruitful resistance.
Rikki Longino of Mobile Moon Co-op
BREAK: REFRESH & REVIVE
KEYNOTE ADDRESS - RIGHTS OF MANOOMIN: In 2021, an action was filed in the Tribal Court of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota, by Manoomin (wild rice), the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and several tribal members, to stop the State of Minnesota from allowing the Enbridge corporation to use five billion gallons of water for the construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline. This is the first case brought in a tribal court to enforce the rights of nature, and the first rights of nature case brought to enforce Treaty guarantees. Frank Bibeau, Tribal Attorney representing wild rice and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, will offer a deep-dive into the historic case for the Rights of Manoomin and its influence in how environmental law is focused in the U.S.
Frank Bibeau, Leech Lake Reservation Tribal Attorney
INTERSECTIONAL IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLENCE
Environmental trauma can seriously impact our physical and mental health. Discover how community care is connected to self care.
Kristy Drutman of Green Jobs Board
Ashley Cleveland of Outdoor Afro
Brooke Larsen: Community Organizer & Writer
Luis Miranda: Climate & Social Justice Organizer
Olivia Juarez: Public Lands Director, GreenLatinos
Chandler Rosenberg: SOGSL Founding Member
MOCKTAIL HAPPY HOUR & CREATIVE CONNECT
PREAMBLE SCROLL: Help us write Great Salt Lake's declaration of rights! What does the lake mean to you economically, culturally, recreationally, politically, and spiritually?
Natalie Slater: Embodied Ecologies Artist Working Group
A DAY AT THE LAKE
BUS DEPARTURE TO GREAT SALT LAKE
WELCOME + GROUNDING + INTRO TO GREAT SALT LAKE
SOUL MOMENT: "SELAH"
The theme of this grounding moment is “Selah”, an ancient Hebrew musical direction which means “pause and reflect”. Participants will be guided through some gentle breathwork and very gentle/accessible movement to allow space to pause with nature and reflect on our relationship with her. To end the moment, participants will be invited to make a verbal/spiritual offering to The Great Salt Lake, our Earth Mother, and nature in general.
Ashley Finley: Birthkeeper & Community Activist
WITNESSING GREAT SALT LAKE: The Great Salt Lake ecosystem is one of the most important ecosystems in the world. It not only supports over 10 million birds and a myriad of other wildlife. It is also adjacent to a major metropolitan area and has profound implications for it’s human neighbors. Come on a short walk with Lake Nerd Jaimi Butler to witness the current state of our Great Salt Lake and learn how each of us can support this important ecosystem.
Jaimi Butler: Biologist & Great Salt Lake Nerd
WRITING IN RELATIONSHIP TO GREAT SALT LAKE: GIVING VOICE TO GRIEF AND PRAISE
A generative writing workshop facilitated by Nan Seymour, founder of River Writing. Would you like some encouragement to find and foster your voice in relationship to place? Nan will provide poetry-based prompts and friendly guidance. You do not have to identify as a writer, you only have to be willing to bear witness. All you need is pen and paper, and a little courage.
CLOSING REFLECTIONS & INTEGRATION
Denise Cartwright of CRUDE
THANKS & BUS DEPARTURE
Like our biomes, communities thrive when each part of the larger system can rely on the others for connection, healing, and sustenance. We created the Equity Fund to provide deserving community members with lesser means the opportunity to join us for the Balancing the Biome Summit.
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