september, 2020

18sepAll Day1916th Annual Gila River Festival Goes VirtualCultivating resilience in our communities and ecological systems

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With the recent defeat of the Gila River diversion project, it’s so important for us to move forward with the annual celebration of New Mexico’s last wild river. Although COVID-19 may keep us from gathering in person, the pandemic won’t stop the Gila Conservation Coalition from meeting virtually to celebrate this hard-won victory.

This year they’ll be exploring how to cultivate resilience in our communities and ecological systems in the face of the twin crises of climate change and the global coronavirus pandemic. What lessons have we learned from the pandemic that can inform our response to the climate emergency? How can we create a more just and equitable society and emerge stronger and better from these existential challenges? How do we move forward with spending Arizona Water Settlement Act funding to create a secure water future for everyone in southwest New Mexico?

Over the course of the two-day festival, we will meet online for an inspiring keynote presentation with author, agricultural ecologist and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan, panel discussions, trainings, virtual guided hikes, networking, music, poetry, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and more.

Through Gila Conservation Coalition’s state-of-the art online conference platform, you’ll be able to watch and interact live.

The 16th annual Gila River Festival is a critical opportunity for you to learn, collaborate and get energized for the challenges that lie ahead for our community, the Gila River and its watershed.

Online registration opens August 1.

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september 18 (Friday) - 19 (Saturday)


Gila Conservation Coalition

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