Earth Repair! Ecological Restoration & Bio-Remediation to Heal the Planet with Leila Darwish and Tom Duncan
Earth Repair! Ecological Restoration & Bio-Remediation to Heal the Planet
with Leila Darwish and Tom Duncan
Evening Talk, Friday, February 22, 2019
joined by a panel of community members
Paul Relis Moderator
Admission $10 (full time students with i.d. free)
Two Workshops, Saturday, February 23
$30 each (two for $40)
Leila Darwish 9:30am – 12:30pm
Empowering Communities & Local Activists to Deal with the Legacy of Our Toxic World
Tom Duncan – 1:30 – 4:30pm
Restoring Polluted Waterways with Floating Wetlands
All Events Take Place at: Antioch University Auditorium & Campus
602 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Millions of acres of land have been contaminated by pesticides, improperly handled chemicals, dirty energy projects, toxic waste, and other pollutants in the United States and Canada.
Technology has provided humans with an unparalleled standard of living, but in the process has left a severely degraded and contaminated environment in need of recovery. With the health of our land, waterways, oceans, and human health at risk, how do we navigate out of these toxic times, both the past legacy, and what we have coming in the future.
Join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network as we host Leila Darwish and Tom Duncan for a two day event as they share their international work and expertise of ecological restoration using bio-remediation, a process of detoxifying and revitalizing the land by working with plants, mushrooms and micro-organisms.
Leila Darwish is the author of Earth Repair, A Grassroots Guide to Healing Toxic and Damaged Landscapes, who’s original focus was on oil spills, as she came from the Tar Sands region in Alberta Canada. Shocked by how ill prepared both government and oil companies were for cleaning up oil spills, Darwish was prompted to educate herself with a deep dive into the world of bioremediation.
With a mission to empower citizens and communities everywhere to organize, scale up, and respond effectively to all kinds of industrial disasters where dangerous chemicals are unleashed into air, water and soil, Darwish embarked on a career as a grassroots bioremediation educator and consultant. Darwish wants all citizens, especially those in the most vulnerable communities, to have the knowledge and skills needed to protect themselves and their homes.
Tom Duncan’s bioremediation work takes the form of constructed floating islands and wetlands. With all kinds of pollutants entering our waterways, including urban runoff, stormwater sediments, heavy metals from industry, and agricultural pesticides and fertilizers causing deadly algal bloom, these floating wetlands help restore ecological function by filtering and purifying with the use of plants.
An entrepreneur devoted to the health of the planet, Duncan created the Aqua Biofilter™, to clean up polluted lakes, water bodies, rivers and estuaries. In addition to cleaning the water, floating islands optimize habitat for wildlife with clean water and nutrients for fish, safe nesting areas for migratory birds, and with flowering plants attract pollinating insects.
Both events takes place at the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus. No reservations are needed for the Friday evening talk, and can pay at the door. Saturday workshop, reserve and pay on Eventbrite. Leila Darwish’s Earth Repair books will be available for purchase at the events. For more information, Margie@sbpermaculture.org, www.sbpermaculture.org; 805-962-2571.
Facebook Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/469040323630516/
A Community Event Hosted by
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network;
A part of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Civics 101 for Climate Change series
Co-sponsors: Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Antioch University, Community Environmental Council (CEC), Blue Sky Biochar,
& the Santa Barbara Independent
Workshops Sat Feb 23
Reserve and pay on Eventbrite