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Lara and Paul Messersmith-Glavin discuss the lessons from a recent grassroots organizing effort in North Portland that canvased a neighborhood to determine people’s understanding of their own power to do something about climate change. In discussing and thinking together, residents began to realize that the climate change crisis offers the opportunity to build a different kind of society.
Lara and Paul are board members of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, editors of the journal Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, and community organizers in Portland, Oregon.
Co-sponsored by the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures, Corvallis 350.org, Center for Civic Engagement, the Student Sustainability Initiative, and the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University.