Climate & Social Action

March 13-18

Convergence Track

The Climate & Social Action Track highlights innovations that create a positive social impact and contribute to environmentally sustainable systems. Individuals and organizations focused on the betterment of humanity will share knowledge on achieving a more equitable world.

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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


With updated studies putting climate change front and center in the global conversation, leaders, and scientists from a variety of groups will cover their challenges and successes in trying to effect lasting environmental change during the Climate & Social Action Track. Hear how the change-makers of today are shaping the society of tomorrow.

Take a look at SXSW 2020 Climate & Social Action sessions like Finding Common Ground to Prevent Gun Deaths, Redesigning the Urban Environment for Extreme Heat, Art as Resistance: Brazil’s LGBTQ+ Fight Censorship, and more.

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Don’t Just Toil Under Your Mortal Coil: Assisting Climate Action From the Grave & More

When 97% of publishing climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming and climate change – the time to act has long been upon us.

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Atmosphere - 2019 - Photo by Tico Mendoza

Atmosphere - 2019 - Photo by Tico Mendoza

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Ocean Solutions to the Climate Crisis

The ocean is on the front lines of climate change – and while it faces threats from climate change, it also provides solutions. If we can restore vital ocean ecosystems that safely store CO2, if we can smartly use our ocean spaces for renewable energy development, and if we limit the amount of stress we put on the ocean through pollution and unsustainable ocean activities; then we can help a healthy ocean to limit climate change even more than it already has.

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Protest in the Age of Surveillance

In Hong Kong, where just recently protests against China’s influence gained global attention, the Hong Kong government is upgrading its surveillance technology while impeding protesters from utilizing existing communication tools. But students and protestors are fighting back, using cash to buy transit tickets and burner SIM cards to coordinate privately. Join the Human Rights Foundation to discuss combating government surveillance in protests.

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2020 Speaker Highlights

Alex Tait - SXSW 2020 Speaker - photo courtesy of speaker

Alex Tait

The Geographer

National Geographic Society

Joi Chevalier - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Joi Chevalier


The Cook’s Nook

David E. Kelly

Writer, Producer, Aquaculture Owner


Elissa Steamer

Professional Skateboarder


Janis Searles Jones - Photo courtesy of speaker

Janis Searles Jones


Ocean Conservancy

Jeffrey Freeman

Senior Scientist

Disaster Health Response, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Rachel Arthur - Photo courtesy of speaker

Rachel Arthur

Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer

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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.

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