AUSTIN (KXAN) - The third year of SXSW Eco kicks off Monday at the Austin Convention Center and 3,000 are expected to attend.
This year, more than 250 speakers will take part in 100 sessions during the three-day event. Programs include experts on climate change, energy, and food and agriculture. Actor Adrian Grenier, who starred in the HBO series, Entourage, will be among the featured speakers.
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, will deliver opening remarks that will serve as a call to action for business, civil society and government to demonstrate their support for a global climate treaty aimed at stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere to avoid catastrophic global climate change.
Figueres presides over the annual climate change meeting of all UN member states known as the COP, or Conference of the Parties.Figueres will pave the way for a conference experience united by a common desire for innovation, collaboration and breakthrough solutions.
Founders and executives from leading organizations the likes of Seventh Generation, Method and Change.org will tackle issues around consumer behavior change, sustainable packaging practices of the future, the rise of for-profit social entrepreneurship and the success of online campaign platforms in uniting communities with causes to create social change.
Experts in urban conservation will weigh in on the panel “How to Future proof Cities,” exploring the need and opportunity for cities to understand and invest in urban conservation in a time when megastorms and other natural disasters are causing more destruction than ever before and an increasing percentage of the population are moving to these urban areas.
SXSW Eco runs through Wednesday. Passes are still available for $375.
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