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Date: Monday, January 30th – Time: 9:00 AM US PST/ 12:00 PM US EST/ 5:00 PM UTC
Hosts: Albert Bates and Anselm Ibing
Topic: The World is Waking Up: Inspirations and Wisdom from the United Nations at COP22

Description: This illustrious panel which met up in Marrakech, Morocco last month will be reporting on the UN Conference of Parties (COP22) process, sharing experiences, and reflecting on the outcomes.  The call is participatory with opportunities for discussion and questions by the participants.

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Host bios:

Albert Bates is founder of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee, past president of Global Ecovillage Network and author of 16 books on history, ecology and the future, including The Biochar Solution (2010) and The Paris Agreement (2015). He holds degrees in political science, law and permaculture and certifications in emergency medicine, horsemastership and forest management. He was co-recipient of the first Right Livelihood Award (1980) for the work of his organization, Plenty, in preserving the cultures of indigenous peoples. He designs drawdown ecovillages, ecodistricts and economies for ECO2, a CO2OL.DESIGN company based in the Dominican Republic Albert Bates holds a B.A. from the Maxwell School of Political Science, Syracuse University, with a minor in photojournalism from Newhouse School at Syracuse University (1969), an LL.B. and J.D. from New York Law School (1972), Diploma in permaculture design and Diploma in permaculture instruction from Permaculture Institute of North America, certification in Emergency Medicine from State of Tennessee (1973), certification in permaculture design (1994), certification in Edible Forest Design from Dynamics Ecological Design (2009), certification in Regrarian Design from Regrarians International (2016), and specialities in natural construction, finance, social governance, conflict transformation, and ecovillage design acquired from many mentors over many years. He serves as visiting professor for Gaia University, Nanjing Agricultural University, and Gaia Education Associates and is on the Advisory Board for Gaia U.


Anselm Ibing is an international consultant and change agent based in France. 33 years old, his goal is to reconnect us humans to our nature through work in the fields of regenerative agriculture, holistic design and community-based eco-projects. He has 7 years of experience as a social entrepreneur and activist and currently works as a freelancer with Terra Genesis International, a US-based consulting company and with the Mouvement des Colibris, a major French NGO. Anselm has an M.A. in Arabic and International Relations, an M.Sc. in Water Management and is a Gaia U Post Master’s Graduate Diploma associate.


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