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TEDx HumboldtStateUniversity

When: Sun., May 30, 11 a.m. 2021
Tobin McKee, a co-operator at Worker Owned Humboldt, a project of Cooperation Humboldt and the North Coast Small Business Development Center, is a presenter at the upcoming TEDx Humboldt State University event. Tobin will speak about the intersection between worker owned cooperatives and solutions to global climate change. TEDxHSU, a student-produced, prerecorded, virtual gathering, will show faculty-madde films including “How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet”, by Sarah Jaquette Ray Chair of Environmental Studies; “Land Return; Reimagining Possibilities”, by Cutcha Risling Baldy, Chair of Native American Studies; and “Restorative Ocean Farming” by Rick Zechman, Associate Dean of the College of Natural Resources & Sciences. “Restorative Ocean Farming” will also feature Kendall Barbery of Greenwave, a nonprofit organization that focuses on regenerative farming techniques for aquaculture. Krissi Fiebig, Environmental Studies student and compost director of the Waste Reduction Resource Awareness Program at HSU, will join Stephanie Alexandre of Alexandre’s Family Farm to talk about regenerative organic in their talk entitled “Climate Restoration’s Meal Ticket: It’s in the soil!” Humboldt County Supervisors Mike Wilson and Steven Madrone will have a climate conversation in which they will discuss environmental policy that is needed to address climate issues. Steven Madrone is an HSU alumnus in watershed management, and natural resources, and taught forestry and watershed classes at HSU. Mike Wilson holds a Masters of Science in Environmental Systems Engineering from HSU and serves on the California Coastal Commission, as well as on the board of directors for Redwood Coast Energy Authority. Other TEDxHSU talks include: • “Zero Waste is No Joke, or Is it? Bi-cycling, Re-cycling, Up-cycling, and Bidets”, by Trish Riel, HSU Theatre Arts alumna • “CO2 Utilization: why, why now, and how?” by Volker Sick, and Arthur F. Thurnau, Mechanical Engineering, DTE Energy Professor of Advanced Energy Research and Director, Global COo2 Initiative at the University of Michigan • “Protecting the Forests of the Pacific Northwest is Key for Climate Policy”, by Kimberly Baker, Executive Director of the Klamath Forest Alliance, and Public Land and Advocate at the Environmental Protection Information Center • “The Worker Owned Economy: A Cooperative Approach to Environmental Justice”, by Tobin McKee of Worker Owned Humboldt, a project of Cooperation Humboldt • “This Fungi May Be Your New Best Friend”, by Levon Durr, owner of Fungaia Farm • “Sporting for Social Justice; what does Environmental Justice have in common with Sports?”, by Sivonnia DeBarros, attorney • “Seeding a Better Future, Who Do We Plant for Anyway?”, by Tali Orad, Founder of • “Reviving Earth’s Heartbeat Before It Flatlines”, by Romal Mitr, President of Earth-X • “Climate Justice, unwinding the Sorites Paradox”; by Aylin Salahifar, Co-founder of DIY Earthcycle • “How We Could Make Carbon Negative Concrete”, by Tom Schuler, TED’s COUNTDOWN speaker TEDxHumboldtStateUniversity will open with a TEDx song by Lee Coulter and poetry by Gill Sotu and Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate. TEDxHSU starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 30. For more info and to attend go to



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