April 22, 2022

PAMPER: Protect Aromatic plants and Medicinal Plants for Earth Rejuvenation

Time: 11:00 am – 5:15 pm PDT

Attendees:
Open to the public

Cost:
Complimentary

Platform:
Zoom

Launch Zoom Webinar

Airmid Institute is partnering with EarthDay to bring awareness to the challenges medicinal and aromatic plants are facing as a result of climate change and weak supply chains. We will also explore how to support and prepare children as future Earth protectors, and honor Indigenous communities and sacred relationships with plants.

Meet the Speakers

Mark Levinson

Language Preservation Specialist at Morongo Cultural Heritage

Presenting:
Welcome message and speaking about the disappearing Tongva language and style

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Dr. Kelly Ablard PhD, RA, MIFPA

Executive Director & Founder of Airmid Institute

Presenting:
Medicinal and aromatic plants: impacts of climate change and next steps

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Olivier Behra

Man and the Environment

Presenting:
Aromatic and medicinal plants to involve local communities into sustainable use and biodiversity conservation; the need of a new business paradigm

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Lori Synder

Indigenous Metis Educator

Presenting:
Can you consider plants as your teachers?

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Andy Thornton MBA

Silvan Ingredient Ecosystem

Presenting:
Blockchain, Brands and You: Creating Partnerships For Transforming Supply Chains

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Dr. Jacqui Stringer

UK Airmid Ambassador

Presenting:
Connecting Children to Nature

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Agenda

  • Welcome with Airmid Institute Directors and Global Ambassadors. Outline EarthDay Objectives and Virtual Event
  • Opening with Mark Levinson, Language Preservation Specialist at Morongo Cultural Heritage, in honor of the Gabrielino-Tongva Peoples of Los Angeles County
  • Introduction to Airmid Institute
  • Dr. Kelly Ablard, Airmid Institute: Medicinal and aromatic plants: impacts of climate change and next steps
  • Olivier Behra, Net Positive Impact: Aromatic and medicinal plants to involve local communities into sustainable use and biodiversity conservation; the need of a new business paradigm
  • Lori Snyder, Metis Herbalist and Airmid Director: Nurturing relationship with plants/ spiritual and sacred uses
  • Andy Thornton MBA, Silvan Ingredient Ecosystem – Blockchain, Brands and You: Creating Partnerships For Transforming Supply Chains
  • Dr. Jacqui Stringer, UK Airmid Ambassador: Connecting Children to Nature
  • Community engagement through images and voices of those sharing about their connection to Nature and solutions to combat humankind’s biggest challenge – climate change
  • Recap with Dr. Kelly Ablard
  • Closing with Mark Levinson, Airmid Directors and Ambassadors

To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact us at info@airmidinstitute.org.

April 26, 2022

Pure Australian Sandalwood oil: cultural, environmental and societal considerations

Time: 6:00 pm PDT

Presenter:
Guy Vincent

How to Attend?
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The production of Santalum spicatum oil into a highly valued perfumery, cosmetics and aromatherapy ingredient is nuanced and complex. Guy Vincent, CEO of Dutjahn Sandalwood Oil will talk about plantation and wild harvested wood supplies, discussing cultural, environmental, societal and quality aspects of a fascinating species that spans an area of around 1.4 million square kilometres (540 000 square miles) more than the combined land masses of France, Italy, Portugal, Great Britain, California and Ecuador.

About Guy Vincent

Guy Vincent, an international perfume expert, became chief executive of Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils in August 2020. Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils supplies to major cosmetics and fragrance companies such as Estee Lauder and Givaudan. Mr Vincent returns to Australia from the USA following a ten-year stint as Aveda’s head perfumer where he formulated a number of popular fragrances using sandalwood oil, and seven years at Aromatherapy Associates in London. Click here for the Dutjahn website.

Coming in 2022

A sustainable future for the Ethiopian civet and its aromatic paste

Presenter:
Dan Riegler

How to Attend?
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The Ethiopian civet provides a rare and valuable perfume ingredient. The aromatic paste has been collected from captive civets for hundreds of years by Muslim farmers and its collection is considered an act of piety and devotion. However, many of the traditional methods are outdated and seen in the West as barbaric. This led to a western boycott on Civet products and the collapse of the market for Civet paste and left impoverished farmers in a struggling economy with few resources and little incentive to develop a new and more modern industry. For this reason, little has changed over the past 60 years for the animals and the remaining, reduced number, of captive Civets, experience little improvement in their conditions.

Though much could be done to modernize methods and habitat, resources to implement change have been insufficient and this will not change until there is a market demand for a more animal-centric and modern product. It is a catch 22. Dan has met with Civet farmers and exporters in Ethiopia gaining their support for a new model Civet farm. But without an increased interest in the end product and the development of a healthy Western market demand nothing much will change. We need to engage the problems head-on with our full attention, commitment and resources if we hope to see it change.

About Dan

Dan Riegler is the author of Apothecary’s Garden Blog, and owner of Apothecary’s Garden Etsy shop. He sources sustainable aromatics and produces perfume, incense, cosmetic and therapeutic products and ingredients for artisans around the world. With a focus on the welfare of the plants, the land and the harvester communities that steward them, Dan often travels and visits collectors, farmers and harvesters in remote areas. One of his ongoing projects is centred around the Ethiopian Civet “cat”.

Dan’s Websites

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