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Balancing the Biome Summit

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.

When
October 7-8

Starts at 10am MT Friday & Saturday

Where

Industry SLC @ 650 S. 500 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Antelope Island, Great Salt Lake

Agenda
Friday

CONFERENCE AT INDUSTRY SLC

10:00 am

WELCOME

Solonje Burnett and Danniel Swatosh of Humble Bloom

Denise Cartwright and Krista Parry of CRUDE

Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo and Blake Lavia: Artists, Community Organizers & Talking Wings Co-Founders

10:05 am

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.

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Talking Wings Co-Founders Blake Lavia & Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo

10:15 am

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.
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Julian Miranda: Community Engagement Manager

10:20 am

SOUL MOMENT: WATER WISDOM

Tap into the force universally symbolizing life, movement, purification, transformation, and healing.

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Jordan Danielle: Multidisciplinary Artist

10:30 am

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.

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MODERATOR
Ali Vallarta of City Cast Salt Lake
FEATURING

Deeda Seed: Public Lands Senior Campaigner, Center for Biological Diversity

Nate Housley: Historian & Save Our Great Salt Lake Founding Member
Virgil Johnson: Educator & Native American Activist
Zach Frankel of Utah Rivers Council

11:30 am

BREAK: REFRESH & REVIVE


11:45 am

SOUL MOMENT: WATERWORKS

Select readings from award-winning authors and poets living and writing in Utah.

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Jai Hamid Bashir

11:50 am

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.

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MODERATOR

Yessenia Funes: Atmos Climate Editor & Journalist
FEATURING

Grant Wilson: Executive Director, Earth Law Center

Frank Bibeau: Leech Lake Reservation Tribal Attorney
Blake Lavia: Artist, Community Organizer & Talking Wings Co-Founder

12:50 pm

SOUL MOMENT: REFLECTION & JOURNALING

Rights vs. Rites: Changing laws doesn't change minds. Explore the cultural shift needed to accept our relationship to nature and each other.

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Solonje Burnett and Danniel Swatosh of Humble Bloom

1:00 pm

LUNCH

2:00 pm

MOVEMENT MOMENT
Meditative movement and breathwork for grounding and energizing bodies and minds.

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Kera Thompson: Registered Yoga Teacher

2:15 pm

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. 
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MODERATOR
Alastair Lee Bitsóí: Writer, Creator, Storyteller, Farmer and Model/Actor
FEATURING
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

3:00 pm

SOUL-UTION SESSIONS

Community building and alternative learning workshops rooted in empathy and strategy.

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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.
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FEATURING

Meisei González & Carmen ValDez of HEAL Utah

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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.
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FEATURING
Rikki Longino of Mobile Moon Co-op

4:00 pm

BREAK: REFRESH & REVIVE

4:15 pm

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. 

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Frank Bibeau, Leech Lake Reservation Tribal Attorney

4:45 pm

INTERSECTIONAL IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLENCE

Environmental trauma can seriously impact our physical and mental health. Discover how community care is connected to self care.

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MODERATOR

Kristy Drutman of Green Jobs Board
FEATURING
Ashley Cleveland
of Outdoor Afro
Brooke Larsen: Community Organizer & Writer
Luis Miranda: Climate & Social Justice Organizer
Olivia Juarez: Public Lands Director, GreenLatinos

5:45 pm

INTEGRATION & REFLECTION

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Solonje Burnett and Danniel Swatosh of Humble Bloom

6:00 pm

CLOSING REMARKS

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Chandler Rosenberg: SOGSL Founding Member

6:15 pm

MOCKTAIL HAPPY HOUR & CREATIVE CONNECT
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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?
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FEATURING
Natalie Slater: Embodied Ecologies Artist Working Group

Saturday

A DAY AT THE LAKE

9:00 am

BUS DEPARTURE TO GREAT SALT LAKE

10:00 am

WELCOME + GROUNDING + INTRO TO GREAT SALT LAKE

10:20 am

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.

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Ashley Finley: Birthkeeper & Community Activist

10:30 am

BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

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.

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FACILITATOR
Jaimi Butler: Biologist & Great Salt Lake Nerd
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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.

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FACILITATOR
Nan Seymour of Save Our Great Salt Lake & River Writing Collective

12:00 pm

PICNIC LUNCH

1:00 pm

COLLECTIVE HEALING

Imagining a new future: the change we want to be and see.

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Brooke Larsen: Community Organizer & Writer

Alastair Lee Bitsóí: Writer, Creator, Storyteller, Farmer and Model/Actor

1:30 pm

CLOSING REFLECTIONS & INTEGRATION

Denise Cartwright of CRUDE

1:55 pm

THANKS & BUS DEPARTURE

SPEAKERS

Equity Fund

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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