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Healing Earth: Talk & Book Signing

October 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The solutions for the future are going to depend entirely on us becoming intimately attuned to the natural world.
— John Todd

Join us for an inspiring two-day event with renowned ecologist John Todd, sharing his newly published book, Healing Earth: An Ecologist’s Journey of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship..

The evening talk & book-signing takes place on Friday, October 18, from 6:30 – 8:30pm, admission $10.

A Saturday morning workshop follows on October 19, from 9:30-12:30pm, $30 (must preregister).

Both events take place at the Antioch University Santa Barbara Community Hall, 602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. For more information contact: [email protected], 805-962-2571,

A stand-out from the sea of despairing messages about climate change, well-known sustainability elder John Todd has taught, mentored, and inspired such well-known names in the field as Janine Benyus, Bill McKibben, and Paul Hawken.

Best known for his Eco-Machines, greenhouses with tanks filled with a variety of plants and other living organisms capable of turning sewage and wastewater into pure drinking water, John Todd is an evolutionary biologist working in the general field of ecological design. Ecological design uses sunlight, biodiversity and natural processes to create clean water with the byproducts of natural gases and biological material.

Todd’s work, which spans nearly five decades, demonstrates how nature is capable of cleaning up some of the most toxic messes modern technology and the industrial revolution has unleased on the planet. From old textile mills on the east coast of America still polluting rivers and waterways, to ongoing oil spills, to luxury resort hotels, high-rises, and even cities needing to solve present day sewage and water issues, Todd has offered pragmatic visions of hope with his revolutionary ecological designs.

Todd’s recently published book Healing Earth chronicles many examples of workable engineering solutions for environmental problems, such as healing the aftermath of mountain-top removal and valley-fill coal mining in Appalachia; using windmills and injections of bacteria to restore the health of a polluted New England pond; working with community members in a South African village to protect an important river. It also provides concrete suggestions for solving as yet unresolved issues related to the climate crisis.

Todd is a biologist and the founder and president of John Todd Ecological Design. He holds degrees covering the fields of agriculture, parasitology, tropical medicine, fisheries and ethology. In addition to new paradigms in an academic setting, he is the founder and president of Ocean Arks International, a non-profit research and education organization and co-founder of New Alchemy Institute, a research center that has done pioneering investigation into organic agriculture, aquaculture and bioshelters. In 2008 he received the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award for the best idea and concept to help save the planet and humanity. In 2007, he was named one of the top 100 visionaries of the 20th century by Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, and he was profiled as one of top 35 figures “Inventing Modern America” in the “Genius Issue” of Esquire.

A community event hosted by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. Part of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network Civics 101 for Climate Change Series

Co-sponsored by Antioch University Santa Barbara, Blue Sky Biochar, Teeccino, El Capitan Canyon Resort, Santa Barbara Aquaponics, and the Santa Barbara Independent.


Antioch University
602 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 United States


Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
(805) 962-2571
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