Consumer: SXSW Eco Conference 2012

The second edition of SXSW Eco drew an international crowd to Austin, Texas to recognize and pragmatically address issues concerning the environment and the economy.

Held at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas (a stone’s throw from the annual SXSW film, music and interactive conference, held each year in March), a three-day program of talks and panel discussions, moderated by a slew of sustainability experts, futurists and students, left conference attendees inspired to make positive change.

Just some of the themes up for discussion included Food Anthropology and Food Economies, Energy, The Innovation Economy, New Urbanism, Imagining the World of 2025, Farming the Future, and Water.

Kitty Greenwald of The Wall Street Journal discussed the effects of climate change and extreme weather patterns on agriculture, culture and global food choices, and while a recent poll conducted by Stanford University and The Washington Post indicated that “anthropogenic” climate change is now being acknowledged globally, there is still a great need for society to act on it positively and responsibly.

Architect Lance Hosey saw a future of design that imitated nature, in agreement with Biomimicry Specialist Kathy Zarsky, who explained that the “living world” needed to be nurtured to harmoniously coexist with the “physical world”.

You can read more via Time magazine’s Science and Space blog, Going Green, in which Senior Writer, Bryan Walsh will be adding an in-depth review of the SXSW Eco topics raised throughout the day. – Samantha Fox

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