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Conference Updates

May 3 – 5, 2019
Port Townsend, WA, USA

Here is a list of recent updates posted on the websites since our last newsletter was sent out on Dec. 26
(follow the link to view the update).

Wow! Lots is happening with the Global Earth Repair Conference.

In the last week we have added 5 highly renowned people to the conference line-up

*Charles Eisenstein, (The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible)
*Agnes Baker Pilgrim, one of the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
*Penny Livingston, Regenerative Design Institute
*Derrick Jensen, Deep Green Resistance
*Dr. Don Huber, Purdue University soil scientist, emeritus

Our crowdfunder is helping the conference in many ways besides the funds raised on the site.

* Registration has increased
* New sponsors have donated
* The number of daily visits to our website and Facebook has tripled.
* More volunteers, worktraders and coordinators have signed up.

Our crowdfunder passed the $8,000 mark yesterday! Thank you for everyone’s support! We are just over the half-way mark of our 30-day crowdfunder which ends on January 25. So far there have been almost 3,000 views of the crowdfunder page and 937 shares. We still have a ways to go so we encourage everyone to do more outreach.

Here is the GoFundMe link
Please donate generously and share widely! Less than 10 days left!

We now have 80 presenters on our list covering a fascinating array of earth repair topics.

We are updating more info and adding more presenters to the website often so keep an eye open on that. Notice the “Recent Updates” bar so you can see what’s new.  Here is a short video highlighting the Ecosystems Restoration track at the conference.

We are honored that two of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers are bringing their wisdom to the Global Earth Repair Conference as part of our focus to invite indigenous voices to the conference.

Grandmothers Mona Polacca and Agnes Baker Pilgrim will participate in ceremony and as speakers.

Picture of Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim

“We grandmothers have come from far and wide to speak the knowledge we hold inside. In many languages we have been told it is time to make the right changes for our families, for the lands we love. We can be the voice for the voiceless. We are at the threshold. We are going to see change. If we can create the vision in our heart, it will spread. As bringers of light, we have no choice but to join together. As women of wisdom we cannot be divided. When the condor meets the eagle—thunderbirds come home.”– Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim

Information about the shoulder events happening the day before and after the conference are now posted on the website.

* Two field trips on Thursday May 2. Dabob Watershed Restoration and Elwha River Restoration (tbc).
* A Gala Reception, Thursday evening at Finnriver Farm & Cidery. 5:00-9:00 pm.
* On Monday, May 6 will be a Charles Eisenstein lecture plus:
* Three intensive on Monday May 6 afternoons:
     -Ecosystem restoration camps and restoration of large-scale ecosystems by John D. Liu
     -Holistic Management and Livestock by Precious Phiri, Beth Robinette and Doniga Markegard
     -Native seed collecting by Forest Shomer of Inside Passage Seeds.

We now have over 250 people registered for the conference and only have 500 spots so we expect to sell out before the conference.

If you are planning on attending, don’t delay to register.

The fate of humanity and many other species depends on whether humanity can expand its earth repair actions fast enough. A global effort is needed and 500 dedicated to earth repair people are converging to combine their knowledge and wisdom on how to do it. Help spread the word!

If you would like to present or facilitate in some way, please fill out the Presenters Application Form on the website. Please send us the names of anyone you would like to recommend as a presenter.


Early registration helps us meet the considerable expenses of an event this size.  The Early-Bird price of $220 is available until February 15 (extended!). 

Register now!

Would you like to be part of the Conference team? We need help with many aspects of organization and logistics, including videography, live streaming, online conferencing, and fund-raising. We are looking for people to research earth repair projects in specific countries. Let us know if you if you are willing to research a specific country. Many ways to participate. Check out if you're interested

You can help us with publicity by downloading, printing and putting up our fabulous conference poster (artist, Bob Paltrow).

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We hope to see you at the Global Earth Repair Conference.  Spread the word! Thank you.

New! Friends of the Trees YouTube Channel Launched.

We are collecting all of the Friends of the Trees Society videos already on YouTube and adding more all the time. We need to have 100 initial subscribers to the channel and then we will be able to stram live video of the Earth Repair Conference as well as events. We would love for you to subscribe and help us make that first 100.

Visit the Channel and Subscribe!

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Contact Info:

Michael Pilarski
Friends of the Trees Society
PO Box 1133
Port Hadlock, WA 98339 
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