GeoTech 2020: Planet or Plastic

Photo courtesy of Lillygol Sedaghat

GeoTech 2020

Keynote Event

Lillygol Sedaghat
National Geographic Explorer

Thursday, February 27, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Msgr. Milam Joseph Auditorium

Bishop Dunne Catholic School

Tickets: Adults - $15, Students - $5
Online ticket sales to open soon!

Join us on Thursday, February 27, 2020 for our keynote presentation by Lillygol Sedaghat, National Geographic Explorer. 

Lillygol Sedaghat is a National Geographic Explorer and multimedia storyteller at the intersection of science, systems and people. Previously, she was a Fulbright–National Geographic Digital Storyteller documenting Taiwan’s waste management system, plastics recycling and circular economy initiatives.

Through her work, Sedaghat hopes to inspire conscious consumerism — the realization that every choice we make affects the environment — and spark a global discussion on trash with #MyWasteMyWay. Using infographics, music videos, maps and digital storytelling to promote environmental education, she aims to transform people’s perceptions of trash from something disposable to something valuable.

An active spokesperson for National Geographic’s global Planet or Plastic? campaign, she has spoken at United Nations World Environment Day India and the National Geographic Live series, and has helped to launch the Planet or Plastic? campaign in mainland China and Hong Kong. She has been named as one of “5 Under 25: Leaders in U.S.-China Relations” by China Hands magazine.

Sedaghat received her Bachelor of Arts in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental anthropology.

GeoTech Speakers

The GeoTech Conference was established in 1987 and features a keynote speaker of renown who is an explorer, environmentalist, conservationist, scientist, author, or all of these. Previous keynote speakers include Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Jane Goodall, and Dr. Robert Ballard. The conference continues for three days at the end of February or beginning of March and includes intensive GIS (Geographic Information Systems) training for teachers, workshops in all disciplines, and guided field trips to educational centers. The conference is open to the public and to students.