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Earth Optimism Summit

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


Since the inaugural Earth Optimism Summit in 2017, more than 60 Earth Optimism events have occurred at Smithsonian museums and worldwide at different organizations. Earth Optimism’s goal is to capture and magnify news of conservation actions that are working across sectors and locations, so good practices can inspire replication and scale at all levels, starting with the individual. Earth Optimism celebrates a change in focus from problems to solutions, from a sense of loss to one of hope, in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability.

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

Dynamic Planet has been involved in Earth Optimism from the start. We help curate the overall program and include conservation businesses, eco-enterprises and impact investors. We are gearing up for another big summit in April 2020, which is also the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Please share your solutions and get involved!

For more on Earth Optimism Summit: earthoptimism.si.edu