Neil Young, Virgílio Viana, John Rose, Mario Mantovani are amongst the confirmed guest speakers
After a successful debut in 2010 with the participation of 29 guest speakers, both national and international, a in loco audience of 3,900 people and over half a million views through the SWU website, the Second Global Sustainability Symposium will take place throughout the duration of the music arts and sustainability festival that celebrate the movement. Three days of debating ideas, experiences, and proposals on sustainability.
Neil Young – One of the main guests this year is the Canadian singer, composer, Neil Young, one of the main pacifist voices in America since the 60′s. Extremely involved in social causes, Young has been able to convert his 1959 Lincoln Continental in a purely alternative fuel driven vehicle (both bio-fuel and batteries), called the “LincVolt”. He was filmed inside his “LincVolt” on the Texas Highway, in between Le Grange and Austin, singing songs live for his project, which resulted in the documentary “Get Around”.
Also confirmed, are the guests:
Jon Rose – American surfer and founder of Waves For Water. Inspired by his father, Jack Rose, who already lead a project to improve water sources in Africa, the surfer Jon Rose came up with the idea for Waves For Water two years ago. The project’s mission is to save lives by making drinking water available to needy communities and war/natural disaster victims. The organizations acts by providing these communities with special filters that can clean any kind of water.
The Voice Project (Anna Gabriel) – Campaign that uses music and artists’ voices to raise funds to benefit communities that have been affected by the war in Africa. The project originated in Sudan, Congo, and Uganda. Men, teenagers, and children who served in the war wouldn’t return home, in fear of punishment. Through a chain of songs that spread through word of mouth or radios, widows could make their messages reach the soldiers, saying that they were forgiven and could return home. With the help of international entities, the practice grew and became The Voice Project.
Virgílio Viana – Sustainable Amazon Foundation Director, he works to enrich environmental services in the Areas of Amazon Protection and reward the communities that live in the forest. Ex-Secretary of State for the Environment and Sustainable Development of the Amazon and Professor at ESALQ/USP, has coordinated the process that originated the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).
William McDonough and Michael Braugart, from Cradle to Cradle (design company) – they work in designing the main products that take the principles of sustainability into account.
Mario Mantovani – Environmental Director of Mobilization at the SOS Mata Atlântica Foundation, whose mission is to promote the conservation of biological and cultural diversity in the Atlantic Forest, and stimulating actions for the development of sustainable education and socio-environment citizenship.