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Oceanic Global x Arcadia Earth NYC Climate Week Speaker Series

  • Arcadia Earth 718 Broadway New York United States (map)

Beneath Arcadia Earth lies a speakeasy and a safe space for the greatest minds and leaders who are changing the conversation about climate change to discuss a path toward a more equitable, just and sustainable future.

We'll be hosting them here in New York City, at our brand new multi-sensory experiential art space, before the UN Climate Summit the following week.

The following topics will be covered over the course of our two day summit.

Tuesday, September 17th

3:00-4:00pm: The Reality of Climate Change:

  • Richard Seager (Climate Scientist, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University)

  • Dannie Dinh (Program Officer, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society)

  • Noah Chesnin (Associate Director, WCS NY Aquarium)

  • Moderator: Martha Jeffries (Director, Years of Living Dangerously)

4:30-5:30pm: The Youth Climate Strike & Community Engagement

  • Stephanie Joseph (Curator of Education, WCS NY Aquarium)

  • Atsuko Quirk (Co-Founder, Cafeteria Culture)

  • Madeline Wachtel (Deputy Director, Billion Oyster Project)

  • Moderator: Cassia Patel (Oceanic Global)

5:45-6:15pm: Keynote – Next-Gen Wearables and Zero Waste in the Office

  • Amer Jandali (Founder, Braceletote / Centre for Social Innovation)

8:00-9:00pm: Climate Change Artivism

  • Valentino Vettori (Founder, Arcadia Earth)

  • Kenji Williams (Founder, Bella Gaia Project)

  • AY Musik (Co-Founder, Battery Tour)

  • Lisa Russell (Filmmaker)

  • Moderator: Emilie McGlone (Peace Boat)

Wednesday, September 18th

3:00-4:00pm: Regenerative Agriculture as a Climate Solution

  • Gabe Kennedy (Plant People)

  • Henry Gordon Smith (Agritecture)

  • Craig M. Trester (MYC.NYC)

  • Moderator: Kyle Calian (Arcadia Earth / Founder, The Regeneration)

4:30-5:30pm: Tackling our Plastic Crisis

  • Sierra QuitiQuit (Influencer & Activist)

  • Kara Napolitano (Education & Outreach, SIMS Municipal Recycling Facility)

  • Dave Ford (Co-Founder, Ocean Plastics Leadership Summit)

  • Moderator: Cassia Patel (Oceanic Global)

5:45-6:15pm: Keynote – Adapting to Uncertainty

  • Emily Bauer (Founder, Bau Land)

6:30-7:30pm: The Future of Sustainable Fashion

  • Burak Cakmak (Dean, Parson's School of Design)

  • Manuela Zoninsein (Co-Founder & Executive Director, modeDURABLE)

  • Moderator: Sarah Berner (Managing Director, Aristeia Capital)

8:00-9:00pm: Creating Resilient Cities

  • Emily Bauer (Founder, Bau Land)

  • Eric Wilson (Deputy Director of Land Use & Buildings, Mayor's Office of Resiliency)

  • Jason Donofrio (External Relations Officer, The Ocean Foundation)

  • Moderator: Illya Azaroff (Founder, +Lab Studios)


Arcadia Earth is a next generation art exhibition designed to reignite the conversation around the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Founded and designed by experiential artist Valentino Vettori, Arcadia is the first platform of its kind to offer a powerful, intimately personal exploration of the plight of our planet through human scale art installations and the futuristic lens of augmented and virtual reality.

Arcadia is also home to a zero-waste retail shop, stocked with some of the most innovative solutions to tackle our planets plastic problems – from reusable to-go containers, stainless steel straws, non-toxic refillable deodorant and bamboo toilet paper.


Oceanic Global engages new audiences in ocean conservation. The non-profit taps into universal passions to raise awareness for issues impacting our oceans and to provide individual and industry solutions that drive positive change. Oceanic Global takes a uniquely creative approach to conservation, creating immersive experiences that engage local communities, amplify the efforts of synergistic groups, generate measurable impact and ignite global action.


The Regeneration Magazine is a bi-annual publication that highlights creatives, thinkers, artists, and entrepreneurs who are making waves in the environmental movement and changing the conversation about climate change.