The Headwaters Gathering brings together writers, activists, and scientists to create strategic alliances and a powerful new voice to inspire hope and action in the era of climate change. The Southern Appalachian region, with its rich cultural heritage, is the headwaters of the south’s great river systems that supply drinking water to millions and nourish the highest biological diversity in North America. With this abundance comes great risk as the impacts of climate change alter every aspect of the region’s natural wealth, its economy, and the life of its communities. Our region holds the coal fields of the east where mountaintop removal mining stands as a dark symbol of the carbon era, and today, the fight to stop it is catalyzing heroic activism.
From a town meeting with expert panelists, to intimate sessions with inspired leaders, the Headwaters Gathering engages citizens from a diversity of backgrounds to bridge the divides that constrain success, and inspire a network of problem solvers and genuine hope.
This year's Headwaters Gathering will again be held at Warren Wilson College, one of the greenest campuses in America. Hosts for the conference are Warren Wilson College, The Wilderness Society, and Orion magazine.
On October 6 at 7pm, Bill McKibben, one of America's best known environmentalists, will present in the Warren Wilson College Chapel. Over the last quarter century, Bill McKibben's books have shaped public perception and public action on climate change, alternative energy, and the need for more localized economies. McKibben is founder of 350.org, a global grassroots climate change initiative. His most recent book is Earth…Making A Life On A Tough New Planet.
For more information, contact Brent Martin, The Wilderness Society, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Margo Flood, Warren Wilson College, email@example.com.