Join the Earth Optimism Digital Summit!

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22 and in recognition, the Smithsonian Institution will be hosting the 2020 Earth Optimism Digital Summit from April 22-24th. Watch the LIVE broadcast online on Facebook LiveTwitterYoutube and on the Earth Optimism website.

More than 100 global leaders will share successful conservation and sustainability strategies being deployed worldwide and discuss how to scale and mainstream these strategies to achieve transformative change.

Earth Optimism aims to fundamentally shift how we frame the narrative about our planet – from doom and gloom to optimism and opportunity. Started in 2017 through a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the Earth Optimism movement emerged from two key realizations: 1) that fear without hope leads to apathy rather than action, and 2) that conservation successes are widespread yet not widely appreciated. You wont want to miss this inspiring three-day event!

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See the Earth Optimism Digital Summit Schedule

Special Message from the Global Alliance

Celebrating Global #EarthOptimism this Earth Day and beyond

In the last year, the #EarthOptimism movement has gained momentum. Through sharing and learning from conservation wins, it has given us the inspiration and information we need to succeed in the long term.

Now, in this unprecedented and difficult time, we need optimism more than ever—to uplift us, inspire us, and help us imagine a new path forward. The #EarthOptimism movement continues to bring people together to talk about what's working to protect the future of our planet. Although we are no longer able to hold physical events in April this year, global partners are working hard to find new ways to recognize and celebrate environmental successes as motivation for action.

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the Smithsonian and partners in Beijing are hosting virtual #EarthOptimism events to mark the occasion. Many others will join the Earth Day Network’s digital gatherings in the USA, Kenya, and elsewhere. We would like to invite you to take part and join us on social media by following  #EarthOptimism.

The Earth Optimism global alliance partners are still planning to put on physical events in the future – featuring talks by conservation experts, popular figures and youth leaders, panel discussions, hands-on advice sessions, and film festivals - as soon as is practically possible. Details will be posted on individual Earth Optimism websites, which you can find here.

While we are all immensely disappointed that we cannot come together in person this year, we look forward to connecting digitally and re-grouping in 2021. Together we will focus on the positive as a reminder of our responsibility and ability to help bring about nature’s recovery.

"NB: Activities for the 2020 Earth Optimism Nairobi are cancelled. However, we hope to keep sharing news bits in the build up to a greater event in 2021"

About Earth Optimism Nairobi

The global conservation movement has reached a turning point. We have documented the fast pace of habitat loss, the growing number of endangered and extinct species, and the increasing speed of global climate change.

Yet while the seriousness of these threats cannot be denied, there are a growing number of examples of improvements in the health of species and ecosystems, along with benefits to human well-being, thanks to our conservation actions.

Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problem to solution, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability

You are welcomed to be part of Earth Optimism Nairobi to educate, inspire and encourage others. Read the stories of hope.


The main themes for 2020 Earth Optimism Nairobi:

Environmental conservation: species and habitats:

The event will showcase inspirational talks and environmental films on the efforts undertaken by individuals and organizations to restore degraded habitats and also to recover near extinct species

Climate action: Adaptation, Mitigation and Innovation:

Kenya was among the first countries in Africa to put in place climate policies and legislation. Despite being the list contributors to climate change Kenya has gone ahead to develop innovative approaches to address the impacts of climate change. Earth optimism will bring together speakers who will share case studies and what is working in adaptation and mitigation

Sustainable food systems: Ecological agriculture, Food security and nutrition

Addressing production and consumption patterns is key to unlocking a sustainable future for the world. Agriculture is the mainstay of Kenya’s economy and therefore it is imperative that we interrogate how we produce, process, distribute our food. The event will bring together thought leaders to highlight the positive gains that have been made in this area

Communities: Site action, research and capacity building

Communities as the custodians of the environment play a critical role in the protection, sustainable use and management of species and habitat. The event will feature exhibitions, talks and videos that demonstrate how community site action has enhanced conservation efforts in Kenya

Other Global Events

Earth Optimism’s goal is to capture and magnify news of conservation actions that are working, across sectors and locations, how can we replicate and scale up good practices, and to inspire people and show that we can all make a difference. The variety of personal, community, regional, and large-scale stories shared are truly inspiring! We invite you to join the conversation!

The Earth Optimism Nairobi Secretariat
C/o Tropical Biology Association
P O Box 44486-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 (0)20 353 7568; +254 771 343 138/ +254 751 624 312/ +254 750149200

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