AREDAY Summit 2023 Agenda: October 6-9
Venue: eTown, Boulder, Colorado
Theme: "Climate, Democracy and Human Security"

(Subject to change)

FRIDAY – October  6

Location:  Millennium Hotel Garden, Boulder Colorado
5 – 8 PM: Opening Reception and Registration
Meet and Greet, Beer & Wine, Light Food

SATURDAY – October  7  

“Science Saturday”
Location: eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, Colorado
Morning Host: Nick Forster

7:45 AM: Registration

8:15 AM: Welcoming Remarks: Chip Comins

8:20 AM: Opening blessings
Sheelah Bearfoot (Chiricahua Apache)

8:30 AM: Panel Discussion
From Renewables to Hydrogen” 
  • Moderator: Gary Dirks,  Arizona State University 
  • Former Governor of Colorado Bill Ritter,  Center for The New Energy Economy  
  • Bill Brandt, ASU Lightworks
9:15 AM: Panel Discussion
CCS – Carbon Capture and Storage: Fact or Fiction” 
  • Moderator: Maya Winkelstein, The 2030 Fund
  • Jonathan Foley, Project Drawdown (Virtual)
  • Jane Patton, Center for International Environmental Law
10:00 AM: Keynote
Protecting Climate and Democracy in Education” 
  • Amy Parsons, Colorado State University
 10:15 AM: Keynote
Protecting Democracy” 
  • Jena Griswold, Colorado Secretary of State
10:30 AM: Panel Discussion
Democracy 4.0
  • Moderator: Timothy Wirth, Vice-Chair of the United Nations Foundation
  • Jena Griswold, Colorado Secretary of State 
  • Amy Parsons, Colorado State University 
  • Former Governor of Colorado Bill Ritter, Center for The New Energy Economy 
  • Bill Becker, PCAP
  • Video Address by U.S. Congressman Jason Crow from Colorado


11:30 AM: Panel Discussion
HVDC – High Voltage Direct Current”
  • Moderator: Chip Comins, AREI
  • Gary Dirks, Arizona State University 
  • Alexander “Sandy” MacDonald, NOAA (Retired)
  • Former Governor Bill Ritter, Center for The New Energy Economy  

12:15 PM: Networking LUNCH BREAK

Afternoon Host: Nick Thomas

1:45 PMKeynote
Youth Leadership on Climate and Democracy”
  • Xiye Bastida,  Re-Earth Initiative – Clips from “The Whale Lagoon
2:15 PM: Keynote
Gaia – Indigenous Earth Games”
  • Anne Marie Miller,  AREI 
2:30 PM: Armchair
Divest Invest: As You Sow”
  • Moderator: John Powers, Climate Democracy Initiative
  • Andy Behar, As You Sow
  • Tom Van Dyck,  RBC SRI Management Group 
3:00 PM: Keynote
Investing in Women and Female Lead Startups to Tackle the Climate Refugee Crisis”
  • Sophia Swire, GEDI    
3:15 PM: Keynote
“Climate Security on Thin Ice
  • Sally Ranney, Global Choices
4:00 PM: Armchair
“Electing Moderate Climate Leaders
  • Moderator: Nick Forster, eTown 
  • Trammell Crow, EarthX
  • Bill Shireman, Future 500
5:00 PM: Keynote
“Doubling Climate Youth Vote in 2024
  • Richard Greene, Consultant for “Now This” 

5:30 PM: End of Day Remarks

Evening program
Screening: “Deep Rising” The Effects of Deep SeaBed Mining.
Directed by Matthieu Rytz 


SUNDAY – October  8

“Regenerative Sunday”

6:30 AM: Morning Hike
With Ginna Kelly, meet at Chautauqua

Doors open at 8:30 am 
Morning Host: Ginna Kelly

8:45 AM: Blessings
“A Green God is a Good God
  • Andrew Scott, Open Mind Project  


9:00 AM: Keynote
“US Presidents: An Environmental History
  • Douglas Brinkley, Author & Historian  
9:30 AM: Armchair
“From John Muir to Bill McKibben: How Environmentalists have Influenced Presidential Action
  • Moderator: Sally Ranney, Global Choices
  • Douglas Brinkley, Author & Historian  


10:00 AM: Keynote
“Breakthrough: 45Q, IRA & New Asset Backed Securities Can Bridge the $2T Gap & Provide the Implementation Speed”
  • Graciela Chichilnisky, GT Climate Innovation
  • Neal McDonough,  Your Earth Today 
10:30 AM  Keynote
“Climate Investment 4.0
  • Vikram Agrawal, EarthX, American Resilience Partners
10:45 AM: Keynote
“A Finer Future
  • Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism Solutions  
11 AM: Keynote
“AI As Climate Solution
  • Bob Levin, Emerging Star Capital 
11:15 AM: Keynote
“Ocean Based Climate Solutions
  • Philip Kithil, Ocean-Based Climate Solutions, Inc
11:15 AM: Panel Discussion
“Decarbonizing the Ocean
  • Moderator: Chip Comins, AREI
  • Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Filmmaker, Ocean Preservation Society
  • Henk Rogers, Blue Planet Energy Systems
  • Philip Kithil, Ocean-Based Climate Solutions, Inc


Afternoon host: Nick Thomas

1:30 PM Keynote
“Regeneration: Carbon and Agricultural Health
  • Peter Byck,  ASU, Carbon Nation
2:00 PM Keynote
“Farming Crops with Regenerative Agriculture to Sequester Carbon
  • Pete Vegas,  Sage V Foods 
2:15 PM: Armchair
The Economic Benefits of Regenerative Farming
  • Moderator: Chip Comins
  • Rick Clark, Farm Green
2:45 PM: Panel Discussion
The Importance of Climate Philanthropy
  • Moderator: Jacque Francis, Keeling Curve Prize
  • Dr. Laurie Michaels, The 2030 Fund
  • Spike Buckley,  Grimley Capital
  • Jason Franklin, Ktisis Capital
  • John Powers, Climate Democracy Initiative 
3:45 PM: Keynote
Regenerative Water
  • Rave Mehta, Flow Capital, Water Ledger
4:00 PM Keynote
“Saving the Blue Planet
  • Tetris Movie Trailer
  • Henk Rogers, Blue Planet Energy Systems 

4:15 PM Keynote
Art as the Climate Connector

  • Mia Hanák, Act Now, LakaLelup

4:30 PM Keynote
The Myths of Recycling
  • Suzanne Jones, Former Mayor of the City of Boulder and Executive Director, Eco-Cycle
4:45 PM Armchair
“Projecting Change and Plastic: a Solid Oil Spill
  • Moderator: Chip Comins,  AREI  
  • Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Filmmaker, Ocean Preservation Society

5:15 PM Keynote

“Climate, Democracy and RICO Law
  • Andy Quiat, AREI

Evening Program

“Lakota Nation Vs. the United States”    Executive Producer Mark Ruffalo.


MONDAY – October  9  

“Women’s and Indigenous Peoples Day”

Doors open at 8:30 AM
Morning Host: Ginna Kelly

8:50 AM:
Blessing Ceremony
Sheelah Barefoot, Chiricahua Apache

9:00 AM: Keynote
Economic and Environmental Justice for Indigenous Women
  • Sheelah Barefoot, Chiricahua Apache
9:15 AM: Keynote
Women Ending the Era of Fossil Fuels and Building a Just and Thriving Future
  • Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN
9:45 AM: Armchair
Global Security Institute: Observations from the United Nations
  • Jonathan Granoff, Global Security Institute
  • Jayashri Wyatt, United Nations 
  • Ash Pachauri,  POP Movement
10:15 AM: Keynote
SLAPP Lawsuits
  • Alice Madden, Greenpeace
10:30 AM: Keynote
Kinship: The Role of Art and Narrative in Restoring our Connection to the Web of Life
  • Maggie Fox, Co-Founder Kinship
 10:45 AM: Panel Discussion
Women Leading the World
  • Moderator: Heidi Van Genderen, University of Colorado  
  • Maggie Fox, Co-founder Kinship
  • Allison Archambault, Earthspark (Virtual)
  • Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN 
  • Mia Hanák, Millennium Art, Act Now, LakaLelup

11:45 AM: 
“Watts On, Lighting Students Lives
  • Nicole Watson, Econic Earth Foundation

12:00 PM: LUNCH  

Afternoon host: Nicole Watson

1:30 PM: Armchair 
“The Economics of Extinction
  • Moderator: Chip Comins, AREI
  • Paul Watson,  Paul Watson Foundation (Virtual)

2:00 PM: 
“Bring Back the Wolf, Bring Back the Balance
  • Moderator: Tammy Story, Colorado House of Representatives
  • Delia Malone, Colorado Sierra Club
  • J Dallas Gudgel, Wildlife Coexistence 
  • Michelle Lute, Wildlife for All  
2:30 PM: Panel Discussion 
“Biodiversiity Amazonia: The Yasuni Vote
  • Moderator: John Quigley, Artists for Amazonia
  • Atossa Soltani, Amazon Sacred Headwaters Alliance 
  • Sheelah Bearfoot, Chiricahua Apache
  • Helena Gualinga, Environmental Activist (Virtual)
3:15 PM: Armchair
“Activism Matters
  • Moderator: Varushka Franceschi, AREI
  • James Cromwell, Actor and Activist (Virtual)
  • Randy Hayes, Foundation Earth   
3:45 PM: Panel Discussion
“Bioregional Regeneration
  • Moderator: Eduardo Esparza, Blue Dot Capital
  • Alex Corren, Blue Dot Capital
  • Benji Ross, Blue Dot Capital
  • Mamo Rodrigo, Wiwa Mamo
  • Zaga Josafina, Wiwa Zaga
4:30 PM: Keynote
“From the Colorado Headwaters to the Arctic to the Himalayas
  • Andrea Sparrow,  Arctic Arts

5:00 PM: Armchair

“Projecting Change and Plastic: a Solid Oil Spill
  • Moderator: Chip Comins,  AREI  
  • Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Filmmaker, Ocean Preservation Society

(Please note that this agenda is subject to change)