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
Workshops Sat Feb 23
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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
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
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,
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.
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