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Earth Repair! Ecological Restoration & Bio-Remediation to Heal the Planet with Leila Darwish and Tom Duncan

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$10
Evening Talk, Friday, February 22, 2019
joined by a panel of community members
Paul Relis Moderator
6:30-9pm
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.  
 
 
A Community Event Hosted by
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
 
 
 
Learn More:
 
Workshops Sat Feb 23 
MORNING WORKSHOP
Leila Darwish- Empowering Communities & Local Activists to Deal With the Legacy of Our Toxic World: 9:30-12:30pm
From supporting communities recovering from environmental disasters such as oil spills, to transforming urban lots to grow healthy local and accessible food, how can we work with the power of living systems to bring healing and regeneration to the sometimes toxic and often damaged lands and waters that sustain us?
This workshop is an introduction to the wild and regenerative world of bioremediation, diving into both toxic realities and radical remedies. It will explore ways to work with the many micro-organisms, fungi, and plants that are some of the planets finest and oldest disaster responders, alchemists, and healers.
The workshop will cover the how to’s for microbial remediation (bacteria), phytoremediation (plants) and mycoremediation (fungi). It will also share important self-care practices (both herbal supports and protective gear) for earth repair practitioners working and living in contaminated environments. Finally, we will brainstorm ways to use bioremediation rooted in earth care and solid community organizing to support frontline communities responding to natural and environmental disasters, from the aftermath of wildfires to oil
AFTERNOON WORKSHP
Tom Duncan- Restoring Our Waterways with Floating Wetlands & Island Bioremediation Technologies: 1:30 – 4:30pm
AquaBiofilterTM Floating Wetlands & Island technology cleans up polluted lakes, water bodies, rivers and estuaries. Tom proved in the field and through quantitative modeling, that dedicating just 1% of farm and urban catchments to floating wetland ponds, would eliminate nearly all toxic algae blooms in lakes, rivers and estuaries. This protects marine waters, gulfs and bays that receive run-off. Floating wetlands remove nutrients, suspended solids and pollutants, mopping up impurities and releasing clean water to rivers and oceans. We will explore case studies, technology and share ideas on wetland projects implementation in catchments
 
 
Bios:
Leila Darwish: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 the 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 disasters where dangerous chemicals are unleashed into air, water and soil, Darwish embarked on her career as a grassroots bioremediation educator and consultant.
Leila presently works in emergency management and disaster response in New Orleans
Master degree from Tulare University in Disaster Resilience Leadership Studies,Bachelor of Science University Alberta Environmental Conservation Science, and Disaster Response Volunteer American Red Cross,
Earth Repair:
 
Tom Duncan:
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.
Tom is the founder of AquaBiofiltetTM bioremediation technology company, and Liquid Token, a fintech platform for impact assets and natural capital. He has experience across sectors including environmental technology and large scale restoration, investment and finance, technology and policy.
In 2004 Tom and a team of scientists demonstrated that polluted lakes across Asia could be completely restored, while also preventing future toxic algal blooms. He invented the AquaBiofiltetTM Floating Wetlands & Island technology to clean up polluted lakes, water bodies, rivers and estuaries.Tom proved in the field and through quantitative modeling, that dedicating just 1% of farm and urban catchments to floating wetland ponds, would eliminate toxic algae blooms in lakes, rivers and estuaries.
This protects the marine waters, gulfs and bays that receive run-off. Floating wetlands remove nutrients, suspended solids and pollutants, mopping up impurities and releasing clean water to rivers and oceans.
Aqua Biofilter
 
 
 
 
 
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Details

Date:
February 22
Time:
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$10
Website:
http://www.sbpermaculture.org

Venue

Antioch University Community Hall
602 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States
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Phone:
805-962-8179 x5178

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