- Future Students
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- The CLA Community
Scientists have given us an urgent timeline. We have about a decade to cut greenhouse gases in half to avoid catastrophic climate change. How do we, each of us, need to transform to answer this once-in-a-lifetime call and rise to the challenge of the years ahead? How can we change the narratives in our minds from those of devastation to possibilities? How can we build and be sustained by our communities?
Join Spring Creek Project for an afternoon symposium with climate change thought leaders, practical workshops, and a reception with community discussions to help make the connections we'll need for the years ahead.
When: Sunday, May 5, 2019 from Noon to 7:30 p.m.
Where: LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis, Oregon (875 SW 26th St)
The symposium will be free and open to the public. Registration is required, and donations will be welcome at the event. Registration is now closed for this event.
12:00 – 1:00
Check-in, Community Climate Fair
1:00 – 2:45
Welcome and lectures by:
2:45 – 3:00
Break with refreshments in the lobby
3:00 – 4:00
Workshop Session I
4:00 – 4:15
4:15 – 5:15
Workshop Session II
5:20 – 6:20
Reception with food, drinks, and community discussions
Zero Hour: Youth Marching to the Frontlines of Climate Change
by Jamie Margolin
When Jamie was 15, she founded the international youth climate action organization Zero Hour, which led the first ever Youth Climate March in Washington DC and 25 cities around the world. Zero Hour has turned that march into a movement. As youth around the world rise up, how are their voices changing the climate movement? How are they holding their adults and elected officials accountable for their climate legacy?
Intergenerational Indigenous Solidarity and Resistance Movements
by Luhui Whitebear
Luhui Whitebear has been fighting the fossil fuel industry since she was in her mother’s womb in various aspects and in multiple Native lands. How is the climate movement experienced through an Indigenous intergenerational lens? How can solidarity with Indigenous resistance movements help create positive change?
Means & Ends: The Battle of the Story for Climate Justice
by Angus Maguire
Storytelling to confront the climate crisis isn’t just a tactical question of messaging and clever slogans. What we do is as much of our story as what we say. Let's step back and examine not just the opposition’s stories, but our own, become conversant in some of the underlying assumptions operating across the debate, and begin to tell the stories that make the just and sustainable future we crave not just possible, but inevitable.
Why We Can Still Build a Thriving Future (& Easy Ways Anyone Can Help)
by Mary DeMocker
Get inspired about how to feel empowered in the fight for a healthy, just, and fun future. Leave with several easy ways you—or anyone you talk with—can help change our system, not just our light bulbs.
How to Keep Going
by Emily Johnston
When we begin to understand the scope of climate change, it can seem so devastating as to negate the possibility of action. How can we move towards a new understanding, one that will allow us to live with purpose and joy even as much begins to fall apart around us? How can love turn imagination into our closest ally?
We are excited to offer two distinct hour-long workshop sessions. Each session will have four workshops you'll get to choose from when you register.
David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based interdisciplinary artist and designer. Using an accessible combination of art and design, David promotes a shared environmental awareness and heightened cultural value of ecology. David was a 2016/2017 Charles Bullard Fellow (Artist-in-Residence) at the Harvard Forest where he answered the question, "How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?" As a Harvard Forest Associate Fellow, David continues to collaborate with Harvard researchers and to champion a cultural ecology supported by interdisciplinary science-communication.
Alec Connon is a writer and organizer with 350 Seattle. He has helped run campaigns to push large pension funds and Wall Street banks to divest from fossil fuels. His first novel, The Activist, was published in 2016. It was named Book of the Month by Coast Magazine and featured in BBC Wildlife magazine.
Mary DeMocker's book The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night's Sleep (foreword by Bill McKibben) is a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Award and has been featured on Yale Climate Connections and recommended in The New York Times. DeMocker is the co-founder of 350 Eugene, with which she designed and co-led youth-centered protests featured on PBS NewsHour, ArtCOP21, and in an Avaaz video shown to world leaders entering Paris climate talks. DeMocker has written for The Sun, Spirituality & Health, and Common Dreams.
Kate Gallagher is a yogin, a philosopher, a scholar, a meditator, an educator and forever student. She earned her M.A. in Applied Religious Ethics from Oregon State University, focusing on the intersection of contemplative practice and domestic life. After 15 years of rigorous spiritual study in the Tibetan Buddhist and Indian Yoga traditions, she had the great privilege and opportunity to reflect on the subtle workings of the mind in a year-long, solitary study and meditation retreat. Kate is now the coordinator for Oregon State University's Contemplative Studies Initiative and she continues to study and practice with her personal mentors and teachers.
Tim Jensen is Assistant Professor and Director of Writing at OSU, where he researches and teaches rhetorical theory, environmental communication, and composition pedagogy. He is the author of Ecologies of Guilt in Environmental Rhetorics, forthcoming this summer by Palgrave Macmillan. Alongside his academic research, Professor Jensen is actively involved in efforts to breach the Lower Snake River Dams and other wild salmon restoration projects.
Emily Johnston is a poet, a founder and core member of 350 Seattle, and a valve turner. Her book Her Animals was a finalist for the 2016 Washington State Book Award. She lives and runs in Seattle with her dog, Mosey.
Angus Maguire is communications manager at Center for Story-based Strategy. Parent, designer, organizer, facilitator, communications strategist—but master of none—Angus believes deeply in our collective capacity to self-govern. He is also a true believer in story-based strategy, using it for everything from eldercare and parenting, to direct action planning and organizing for futures beyond whiteness. Angus was previously a Communications Organizer with SEIU. He's spent the last 19 years creating visual communications with movements for collective liberation across the country. When he's not on the road with Center for Story-based Strategy, you can find Angus at home with his family in Eugene, Oregon, organizing to build power with homeless and precariously housed communities.
Jamie Margolin is a 17-year-old climate justice activist. When she was 15, she founded the international youth climate action organization Zero Hour, which led the first ever Youth Climate March in Washington DC and 25 cities around the world. Jamie's debut book, Youth to Power: The Ultimate Guide to Being a Youth Activist, will be published in 2020.
Luhui Whitebear is a mother, poet, Indigenous activist, and enrolled member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation. Luhui the assistant director of the OSU Native American Longhouse Eena Haws and is a Ph.D. student in the Women, Gender, & Sexuality. Her research focuses on Indigenous rhetorics, Indigeneity and reclaiming of Indigenous identity/gender roles, missing and murdered Indigenous women, Indigenous resistance movements, and natural resource protection. Her most recent projects include the incorporation of heteropatriarchy in Native traditions as well as intergenerational Indigenous activism with the Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Movement.
The Chrysalis Symposium will take place on OSU's campus and overlap with some other popular events, including Family Weekend. Because parking space may be limited on campus that weekend, we encourage attendees to carpool, use a ride-share service, or bike to the event.
Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-4098.