Speakers & Presentations

Speaker information for the 2018 Living Lightly Fair will be available soon! Check back later for more information.

In the meantime, check out featured speakers from past fairs:

2016 – Madi Vorva

When Madi Vorva was 16, she was honored as a U.N. Forest Hero for leading an eight-year campaign to get the Girl Scouts to source responsible palm oil in their cookies. The organization’s 2011 commitment was the first policy change in its 101-year history ever driven directly by girls. Since then, Kellogg (a Girl Scout cookie baker) and Wilmar (trader of 45% of the world’s palm oil) have adopted deforestation-free policies. She is now a junior at Pomona College in Claremont, California, where she studies environmental analysis. Today she serves on the Jane Goodall Institute and State Farm Youth Advisory boards. She is a co-host of “FabLab,” a STEM education TV show airing nationwide on FOX affiliate stations. She has also been named as a 2016 Udall Scholar, her second year in a row for the prestigious national award for university sophomores and juniors that is rarely received twice by the same person.

2015 – “Sustainable Stories” T Wyatt Watkins

We live and love, think and breathe, by story.
As most of our true awareness is reflection, it only stands to reason that our core experiences are inseparable from the narratives in which we enwrap them.
Pastor, storyteller, violinist and creation care activist T. Wyatt Watkins believes in the power of our stories to sustain us and the Earth in this critical moment of human history.
Weaving sacred and personal narrative into a tapestry of call and response, accented by creation-inspired music from an Irish palette, Wyatt invites us to reflect on our own stories of responsibility for the future of this good Earth and of human well-being.
T. Wyatt Watkins is a founding board member of Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light and chair of the Eastside Creation Care Network in Indianapolis. He co-pastors Cumberland First Baptist Church, is a charter member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and fiddles with the Irish Airs, Indy’s oldest Irish band. Joining him is accomplished Indianapolis keyboard musician T.H. Gillespie.
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2014 – “Living Lightly in Heavy Times” Jim Poyser, Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana. Director of Youth Power Indiana, and Hoosier Environmental Council’s Environmentalist of the Year for 2013.

Our ecological challenges are many — and, at times, seemingly insurmountable. But as the name of Jim Poyser’s game show suggests, “It Ain’t Too Late,” we can indeed address these challenges, with a mixture of commitment, ingenuity, and wonder. Engaging youth is key to this, and Jim will share many stories of what Indiana young people are doing to lead us to a more mindful — and heart-filled — relationship with nature. Hailing from South Bend, Indiana, Jim Poyser was a member of Beyond Our Control (1976-78), a high school student-made television show that satirized TV and consumer culture. In college, Jim tried his hand at playwriting and in the early ’80s wrote and staged nearly three dozen plays, from short plays to full-length works. One of Poyser’s one-act plays, “Fish Story,” was produced off-Broadway. To pay the rent, he has been a geriatric aide, a housepainter, a freelance writer and editor, and a Montessori teacher. Over his career, Jim Poyser worked at NUVO, Indianapolis’s free newsweekly, for over fifteen years, first as Arts Editor, then Managing Editor. During his time at NUVO he also became Editor of Indiana Living Green. He is co-author of Humoring the Horror of the Converging Emergencies, with the other co-author Michael Jensen. They are both co-editors and co-founders of ApocaDocs, the first humor site about environmental collapse, founded in 2007. Jim is now Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana and Director of its youth program, Youth Power Indiana. He has numerous projects under way (see above) for youth, for “apocoscenti,” and for thinkers about dramatic societal change. In 2013, the Hoosier Environmental Council named him Environmentalist of the Year.