Pragmatic Optimism

Changing the conservation conversation from doom and gloom to optimism and opportunity

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the converging climate, biodiversity, equity, and waste crises that we’ve inherited and continued. Older generations recall more nature and less built environment and trash; younger generations identify easily with eco and climate anxiety.

To stay energized and solution-oriented, we need to remain inspired and hopeful. Dynamic Planet does so by sharing best practices and examples of things that work with people all over the world.

We are surrounded by success – the challenge now is to take that to scale.

Steven Monfort,
Director, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism showcases conservation actions that are working across sectors and locations, so that good practices can inspire replication and scale at all levels, including with each of us as individuals.

Dynamic Planet has been involved in Earth Optimism since its start in 2017. We’ve helped curate the overall program as well as moderate panels with conservationists, impact investors, institutions, and companies that can help take projects to scale.