Climate & Social Action

Convergence Track

The Climate & Social Action Track highlights innovations that contribute to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable world. With updated studies putting climate change front and center in the global conversation, leaders and scientists from a variety of organizations will cover their challenges and successes in trying to affect lasting positive social, economic, and environmental change.

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2019 Session, Tikkun Olam: How Faith Informs Social Justice - Photo by Debra Reyes

2019 Session, Tikkun Olam: How Faith Informs Social Justice - Photo by Debra Reyes

About the Climate & Social Action Track


Hear how the changemakers of today are shaping the society of tomorrow.

Explore 2019 sessions including The US Is Racist AF. What Can I Do?, The Dark Side of Tech: Surveillance and Propaganda, Rising Fundamentalisms and Women’s Rights, and more.

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Have an idea for a session? We want to hear from you! PanelPicker® is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what sessions are programmed at SXSW. Entry Process Period: July 1 – July 19, 2019

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Starving for Darkness: Light Pollution and Wildlife

From microscopic organisms such as Zooplankton, to some of the largest organisms on Earth such as Whales, the language of light is becoming uninterpretable to wildlife. This session discusses wildlife examples and case studies, both harmful and helpful, of how to address light pollution.

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Solving Humanitarian Issues Through Blockchain

In this session, Marie Wieck, General Manager for IBM, will lead a panel discussion with partners such as The Plastic Bank’s co-founder Shaun Frankson to showcase how leading humanitarians are using Blockchain to tackle the world’s biggest problems, those aligned with many of the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

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Make your voice heard by entering your own session idea for SXSW 2020 and take part in the crowd-sourced programming selection process. Entry Period: July 1–19, 2019.

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About the SXSW Conference


SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

Learn more about Keynotes, Featured Speakers, and Session Formats across the 20 Tracks of programming for the 2020 SXSW Conference.

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