Grand Rapids Chamber Offices

Rise Up & Drawdown Climate Change Conference

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Event Type: 
Conference
Event Location: 
DeVos Place, Steelcase Ballroom, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

Let’s Rise Up & Drawdown Carbon in Michigan

A conference on climate change solutions featuring world renown Keynote Speaker Paul Hawken.

On September 25, 2019the Michigan Community will come together in Grand Rapids to offer local solutions and opportunities for engagement on the important subject of climate change. The stakes have never been higher and will require action at every scale and across every sector.

We’ll begin the day learning from our state and local government leaders who will confirm the direction of our mitten state followed by a keynote presentation from Paul Hawken, who is shifting the larger global conversation on climate change from “doom and gloom” to a sense of opportunity, possibility, and hope for the future.

Next, we’ll engage in local solutions led by community groups and non-profits who are coordinating local efforts.  Would you like to support policy advancement? Perhaps you’d like to advance clean energy? Or maybe you’d like to learn how we can reduce food waste? Increase mass transit?  Build and operate sustainable buildings? There will be something for everyone.

Finally, you’ll be encouraged to act locally. The solutions to climate change exist and are economically viable.  Human beings have a history of solving complex problems and we will rise to the challenge.  The cost of inaction is catastrophic, and no change is too small. We are in this together and together we will prevail creating a socially just world focused on human health, security and prosperity.

* Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movement’s leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. His work includes founding successful, ecologically conscious businesses, writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul is Founder of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed. The organization maps and models the scaling of one hundred substantive technological, social, and ecological solutions to global warming. *