Luke Cartin, Director of Sustainability for Park City, Utah, is Keynote Speaker at 12th Amazing Earthfest

For many, the kickoff event at Amazing Earthfest called “Invocation to Sustainability” set for Sunday, May 13, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Best Friends Angel’s Landing site, refreshes an internal alignment with Earth’s natural beauty and the inviolable principles governing our planet’s physical processes. Exploring the world of science, spirit, ethics and ideas while gathered to hear music, guest speakers and local poets offers centering and emotional healing in tumultuous times.

Featured soloist and Western acoustic folk artist Rex Seabury, a.k.a. “Utah Slim” provides a soundscape rooted to contemporary Utah life, expressing the healing power of the natural world, his passion for environmental justice and humanity’s deep connection with nature. NLP practitioner, educator and Kanab resident Christiane Turner will deliver the 2018 Invocation to Sustainability followed by guided meditative reflection.

George Wuerthner, Ecological Projects Director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology, will offer a perspective on sustainability from his experience as an environmental researcher, adventurer and author of over thirty books on natural and conservation history, ecology, wilderness and environmental issues. George will also present a lecture on the value of wilderness at Kanab City Library later the same day, Sunday, May 13, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

 

Interconnected with many social, economic and environmental crises facing humanity today, Climate Change is emerging as a central issue of our time. In his power point presentation and remarks as keynote speaker, Climate Reality Leader and Park City, Utah, Environmental Sustainability Manager Luke Cartin, will address proactive responses for Utah.

Drought, insect damage, wildfire, downpours and flooding are occurring with greater frequency in the high desert regions of the Intermountain West. Utah forms the heart of this region. What other trends are likely to manifest across the Colorado Plateau in a steadily warming world?

Park City, Utah, has stepped up to make North America’s most ambitious climate goals: to be net-zero carbon and run on 100% renewable electricity for city operations by 2022, and for the whole community by 2032. In March 2017, Park City’s mayor, over half of City Council, city manager, and environmental sustainability team became certified with The Climate Reality’s Leadership Corps. While there, the Park City sustainability team received special recognition from former vice-president Al Gore for their bold municipal goals and actions to tackle climate change. http://www.parkcity.org/departments/sustainability/environmental-sustainability

The Plateau is home to an astonishing number of National and State Parks, National Forests and Monuments, Wilderness areas, National Historic and Scenic Trails and Districts of Public Land with world-class cultural, wildlife, geophysical and recreational resources. What impacts might America’s federally managed estate likely anticipate for animal and plant species, timber and rangelands, water resources, recreation and rural economies? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more and be empowered!

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