2021 Earth Up Conference

Green Fire Documentary Viewing & Discussion

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference GREEN FIRE explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac) and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country today. The film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and …

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Youth Empowering Youth Through Storytelling

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Can a collaboration among cousins combat climate crisis by empowering young people to perform bird-friendly mini-makeovers on their homes, schools, and parks? Can a high school group in Illinois restore an endangered species and help to remove prescription drugs from our waterways? Can a college student …

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Pipeline Blues

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Beth Horner performs “The Pipeline Blues”, a story of sewage, humor, grit, persuasiveness and a song that changed environmental policy. She then takes us on her wild journey from inspirational spark, research, and interviews to her step-by-step story crafting process, legal considerations, and the story’s impact …

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Telling the Earth’s Tales

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference How can we best communicate the stress our planet is under and some of the best ways to right it? Join storyteller, Judith Black, and earth scientist, Adam Sacks as we dive into the meaning of biodiversity and learn to create original stories that can powerfully …

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Stories For A More Beautiful World

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference How can we use stories to help ourselves and others cross the imaginal bridge from life as we know it now, to life as it could be in the more beautiful, regenerative world our hearts know is possible? Learn how to tell stories that can make …

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Opening Ceremony & Keynote by Jane Yolen

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference | ASL Interpretation Provided Multiple prize-winning author Jane Yolen, whose 400th book recently saw print, will talk with us about why she so often writes about nature and why that is important. She will also read selected passages from her books. The talk will be followed …

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The Earth Stories Collection

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference This presentation is accompanied by the telling of three stories from The Earth Stories Collection, a global bank of myths, legends, fables and folktales capable of transmitting a systemic, eco-centric and organicist worldview and illustrating the principles and values of the Earth Charter. Grian A. Cutanda, …

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Re-framing Climate Mitigation Strategies

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference RICE (Reducing Industrial Carbon Emissions) is a collaboration between the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling and a group of scientists and industrial partners. It shows the power of digital storytelling to share advances in climate mitigation technologies between scientists and the public. Joseph Daniel Sobol, …

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Nature in Motion

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Create a Nature Discovery Journal. Learn and practice simple ways to enjoy the nature experience with your child. Select from a choice of activities done in class. Bring 10 sheets of blank paper and colored pencils. Ideal for parents / grandparents. Janice Kelley is the Founder …

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Enough is Enough

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference During this workshop we will explore, through myth, our connection to Nature and where disrespect and insatiable desire might lead us. Please bring a candle, lighter, paper, and pen to the workshop. Giovanna Conforto teaches at the School of Storytelling, Emerson College (UK) and is the …

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Telling Your Climate Story

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference We all have a story to tell. Discover your personal connection to climate change and how it can serve as a powerful tool to inspire others. This interactive workshop consists of a series of prompts that invite individual writing, reflection and small group sharing to develop …

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How South American Oral and Cultural Traditions Can Change the Conversation

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Traditional stories in South America embrace and go beyond Mother Earth: many of them help us break the Western divide between humans exploiting and nature being exploited. This presentation interweaves stories with environmental and anthropological approaches to inspire and bring a new perspective. Anabelle Castaño is …

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How to Find, Adapt, and Craft Powerful Environmental Stories

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Discover the world of environmental stories. You’ll learn what makes a story “environmental.” Where to look for environmental stories, and how to adapt and create them for new situations. We’ll use examples from my book Tales with Tails: Storytelling the Wonders of the Natural World. Award-winning …

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Earth Up Evening Performance

Nick Smith (California) | MCJackson Gillman (Maine) | Pledge to the PlanetJill Lamede (England) | Small CreaturesRoopa Mohan (India/California) | Krishna & the SerpentSteve Tate (North Carolina) | Goat CheeseBrian ‘Fox’ Ellis (Illinois) | Crane DanceAllison Galbraith (Scotland) | Seal IslandFabio Lisboa (Brazil) | Just Like ThisRebecca Lemaire (Belgian/British) | Monsieur Seguin’s GoatParvathy Eswaran (India) …

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Story Slam: Mother Earth

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Mother Earth holds us all, she feeds us all. Ashes to ashes, waves in and out… Earth. Share your story of connection, your natural disaster survival tale, a tale of caring for another living thing, your tale of growth. Bring it, tell it, come hear it …

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The Ganga Story

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference 4th of November is celebrated as Ganga Utsav (Festival), a celebration of India’s largest river Ganges. What role does Storytelling have in a festival like this? Indian Storyteller Rituparna Ghosh has been curating and performing live at the festival for the past two years and shares her story. …

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Decocting the Lore

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference An invitation for participants to explore the process of taking stories, folklore and memories of a place. We will decoct them, distilling them down to become new creative interpretations, offering new stories infused with old, offering insights into how we renew our relationship with the environment. …

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Earth Care Performance 1: Lively Tales

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Margaret Read MacDonald (Washington) | HostJen and Nat Whitman (Bangkok) | Mikku and the TreesJenni Cargill-Strong (Australia) | Mosquito Extermination ProjectJoe Hayes (New Mexico) | Frog and LocustGecko Cannot SleepJudith Black (Massachusetts) | Spider and the Palm-Nut TreeRoger Jenkins (Singapore) and Paula Martín (Argentina) | The …

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Earth Care Performance 2: Quiet Tales

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Margaret Read MacDonald (Washington) | Host/Three Green LadiesSheila Wee (Singapore) | Just a Little MorePaula Martín (Argentina) | Sharing the WineHeather Forest (New York) | The Useless TreeLaura Simms (New York) | Papa God’s WellMilbre Burch (North Carolina) | The Magic Garden of the PoorGerald Fierst …

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Earth Up Closing Ceremony

Presented as part of the 2021 Earth Up Conference Join your fellow participants and NSN Chair Katie Knutson for a reflection of the weekend. Share experiences, takeaways, insights, and future actions in small group breakout rooms. We will close with the song “One Foot/Lead With Love” by Melanie DeMore. http://www.melaniedemore.com

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