Crosscut Ideas Festival takes on climate challenges and solutions

From drought to the biodiversity crisis, our speakers will tackle some of the biggest environmental issues facing our planet — and our backyard.

Earth Month

Every year, journalists, politicians, authors and newsmakers from our Pacific Northwest community and around the nation come together at the Crosscut Ideas Festival to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives — and the environment is a natural topic of conversation.

From wildlife in crisis to the climate crisis, we will be tackling some of the biggest environmental issues facing our planet — and our backyard — at this year’s festival. During our Environment sessions, thought leaders like Dr. Heidi Roop, director of the University of Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership, and Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, will discuss the future of our planet. (Intrigued? Get tickets now.)

Since April is Earth Month, let’s take a look at some of the environmental conversations happening at the Crosscut Ideas Festival next month. 

Our Biodiversity Crisis

Last summer, 60 experts who co-authored a study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment said that for the long-term habitation of the planet, biodiversity loss was arguably more critical than the challenge of climate change. America’s wildlife is in crisis — one we can reverse, though, if we look to solutions within reach rather than those that are far off. Featuring Bruce A. Stein, Paula Swedeen and Michelle Nijhuis. (Virtual) 

Our Plastic Planet 

The recently defeated Washington Recycling and Packaging Act sought to address the problem of plastic pollution; requiring companies to be responsible for the end-of-life management of packaging, set minimum recycled content requirements and ban some packaging. It failed to advance, so the question remains: What can we do to tackle the massive plastic problem here at home and all over the world? Featuring Heather Trim and Rep. Liz Berry. (In-person, Saturday, May 6) 

You Can (Help) Solve the Climate Crisis

As more focus is put on climate science, each of us needs to learn how we can change our habits in our home, communities and government to save our planet. In this uplifting and encouraging session, we'll explore doable solutions for all of us to take on the overwhelming challenges facing our planet. Featuring Heidi Roop. (In-person, Saturday, May 6) 

Check out these sessions and more at the Crosscut Ideas Festival. 


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