Author: Cat Kutz

Cat Kutz

Cat Kutz is the communications lead for the Smithsonian’s Conservation Commons.

Sara Cognuck (center) shows the Declaration on Children, Youth and Climate Action.
Oluwaseyi at a Movie screening hosted by her organization in commemoration of Global Recycling Day 2021. Photo courtesy Oluwaseyi Moejoh
Paine uses her background in social work and sustainable development to develop solutions that work for both people and the planet.
Vatosoa is an award-winning advocate for protecting Madagascar's coastlines and their wealth of resources for the local communities.
Celebrate Earth Day online again with Earth Optimism.
Shreya Ramachandran created her own nonprofit, The Grey Water Project, to educate and provide resources to diverse audiences on water recycling both at home and in the workplace.
Sophia Kianni is the founder of Climate Cardinals, a member of the UN Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, and hosts her own podcast.
Meet Sruthi, a National Geographic Young Explorer and aspiring eco-journalist.

Meet Sruthi Gurudev: Aspiring Eco-Journalist and Ocean Conservationist

March 5th, 2021, 1:26PM
James Miller has used his personal passion for wildlife to draft other youth to the cause.
Don't forget to give to the planet this holiday season.

5 Ways to Bring Earth Optimism to the Holidays

December 3rd, 2020, 12:36PM
Rachael Brenneman (left), Julia Smith (center), and Skye Austin (right) pose with supplies for their remote research projects. Photo: Amy Hruska

Three Undergraduate Students Share Their Remote Research Experience

December 2nd, 2020, 2:36PM
Fred Tutman is the Patuxent Riverkeeper, the longest-serving Waterkeeper in the Chesapeake Bay region, and the only African-American Waterkeeper in the nation
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Sahara Conservation Fund ecological monitoring member Habib Ali (next to vehicle) engaging in typical day-to-day monitoring of reintroduced oryx. Photo credit: Tim Wacher, Zoological Society of London.
The first #BlackBirdersWeek celebrates Black birders and nature enthusiasts while inspiring more conservation-curious to join their community.
How can the right kind of farming protect our soils and our climate? Find out in Carbon Cowboys. © 2020, carbon nation.  Photo by Peter Byck

Saving our Planet Starts in the Soil

May 14th, 2020, 3:27PM
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The Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit was a 3-day global live-streamed event that took place on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020, through April 24.

Positivity Has a Voice in Science

April 25th, 2020, 8:24PM
Catch Bill's 90-minute special on Saturday April 25, 2020 on CNN.

Bill Weir's Road to Optimism

April 23rd, 2020, 10:04PM
Scientists from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (including Nick Pyenson, left) and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute collect a fossil dolphin from the Caribbean coast of Panama. The fossil is encased in a white plaster jacket, and recovered as the tide rushed in.
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In the Peruvian Amazon, drones like this one are being used to monitor and prevent future destruction of the rainforest from artisanal gold mining. Photo by Guy Loftus for Conservation X Labs.
Good news is out there – if you look for it. For instance, just this month scientists announced that we are on our way to recovering oceans by 2050.
Dr. Ellen Stofan is John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Photo by Jim Preston, Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Purnima Devi Barman is a member of Women in Nature Network  (WINN) and is the honorary director of WINN India. Photo by Carla Rhodes.
Gary Krupnick, Ph.D., Head of the Plant Conservation Unit at the Smithsonian in the field.