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Balancing the Biome Summit
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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.

The Rights of Nature movement is quickly gaining momentum. How would such a legal system work, and could giving rights to nature create a paradigm shift in our fight against the climate crisis? Or, in preventing ecosystem collapse at Great Salt Lake? These are the questions we're asking at Balancing the Biome: Rights of Nature, an in-person experience October 7-8. Join us as we explore this movement with Great Salt Lake experts, artists, activists, and advocates working within the Rights of Nature movement.

When?
April 27th, 2022

Starts at 5pm MT

Wednesday

Timezones

Honolulu: 1pm

Los Angeles: 4pm

Salt Lake City: 5pm

Chicago: 6pm

New York: 7pm

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Agenda (begins 5pm MT)
5:00 pm
5:05 pm

SOUL MOMENT: A CONSCIOUS EATING EXPERIENCE 

Grab your favorite melon, some cucumber, or an orange for some mindful munching! This exercise explores food energetics and thoughtful awareness, encouraging discovery, compassion, and body connection.

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Facilitator: Michelle Mitchum, MPH; Founder + CEO of The OrangeMoon Wellness

5:10 pm

IN CONVERSATION I: IMPERFECT FOOD | ECO NUTRITION

A fireside on accessibility and our pursuit of perfection at the cost of sustainability and our health.

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Featuring: Patia Braithwaite, Well + Good Health Director

Justin Robinson, Ethnobotanist + Founding Member of Earthseed Land Collective

Chandler Rosenberg, Co-founder of Utah Food Coalition + Director of Plant Based Utah

5:35 pm

WORKSHOP: SENSIBLE SWEETS

Learn how to incorporate plants into baked yummies for health and happiness!

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Facilitator: Patti Paige, Artist, Author + Owner of Baked Ideas


5:40 pm

PANEL + Q&A: EATING GOOD

The titular program connects culture, care, and community to feed the mind, body, and soul.

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Moderator: Attia Taylor, Founder + Editor-in-Chief of Womanly Mag

Featuring: Sunny Cheeba, DJ, Land Steward + Uptown Vinyl Supreme Co-founder

Julia Collins, Founder + CEO of Planet FWD + Moonshot Snacks

Kofi Thomas, Community Builder, Founder of The Good Life Garden, Director of The Peoples Garden

Wen-Jay Ying, Local Roots Boss

6:15 pm

INTERMISSION

6:20 pm

BOTANICAL AND CULINARY TIES TO THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

A pensive look at how the ancient innovative practices of Indigenous Africans have shaped what we know as modern cuisine and plant medicine.

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Facilitator: Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey, Author + Xula Herbs Co-founder

6:25 pm

IN CONVERSATION II: BROKEN PROMISES: EXHAUSTION OF THE LAND AND PEOPLE 

This fireside chat explores all things agricultural, from workers’ rights and land access, to reparations and sparking community action.

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Moderator: Yessenia Funes, Atmos Climate Director

Panelists: Dr. Gabriela Pereyra, Co-Director of Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

Amber Tamm, Farmworker, Horticulturist + Floral Designer

6:50 pm

MUSIC CONNECT
Get into the groove with some live music.

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Facilitator: Sunny Cheeba, DJ, Land Steward + Co-founder of Uptown Vinyl Supreme.

6:55 pm

CLOSE

A thank you and farewell with our MCs.

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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 50 deserving community members with lesser means the opportunity to join us for the Balancing the Biome Summit.

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