Balancing the Biome Summit

Balancing the Biome: Rights of Nature

As living communities of animals, plants, people and microbes, diverse biomes thrive when each organism lives in symbiosis with others. This framework inspires CRUDE and Humble Bloom’s third Balancing the Biome Summit, entitled Rights of Nature, in support of Save Our Great Salt Lake.

Balancing the Biome: Rights of Nature is an invitation to reimagine collective stewardship of Great Salt Lake's precious ecosystems and the world at large. Through engaging firesides, expert-led panels, workshops, and a thoughtful lakeside ceremony, this summit connects the fight for Great Salt Lake’s survival to the wider water rights movement, inspiring cooperation and community to effect change locally and globally.

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

10:15 am

SOUL MOMENT: WATER WISDOM

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

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TBA

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
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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FEATURING

Meisei González of HEAL Utah leading a legislative workshop.

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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

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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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Denise Cartwright and Krista Parry of CRUDE

6:15 pm

MOCKTAIL HAPPY HOUR & CREATIVE CONNECT

Saturday

A DAY AT THE LAKE

9:30 am

BUS DEPARTURE TO GREAT SALT LAKE

10:00 am

WELCOME + GROUNDING + INTRO TO GREAT SALT LAKE

10:20 am

SOUL MOMENT

Honoring the lake and its traditional stewards.

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TBA

10:30 am

BREAKOUT SESSIONS:

GREAT SALT LAKE PLANT WALK

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Jaimi Butler: Biologist & Great Salt Lake Nerd
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WRITING IN RELATIONSHIP TO GREAT SALT LAKE: GIVING VOICE TO GRIEF AND PRAISE

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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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