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Cascadia Climate Conference 2015—An Invitational Event
April 17, 2015
April 18, 2015
Cascadia Climate Collaborative
November 17, 2014
Whidbey Institute
6449 Old Pietila Road, Clinton, WA, 98236, United States

Our Shared Future: The Heart of the Climate Movement

An Invitational Gathering of Regional Climate Leaders

9 am Friday, April 17 – 4 pm Saturday, April 18, 2015, with optional evening activities April 16 and 18.

People say climate change is a technological problem, people say it’s a scientific problem, and many say it’s an economic or national security problem. In my view it is a moral problem, and it calls for a moral response.” –Kathleen Dean Moore

With most thoughtful Northwesterners, it is no longer necessary to argue the severity of the climate crisis.  Grounded in a love of place, our region is leading the nation in the struggle for a livable climate. We are rightly proud of our contributions to the science of climate change, to such technical fields as green building and efficient energy use, and through the policy work of top-ranked climate-related organizations.

But we know that this is not enough. Technical solutions alone will not solve the climate crisis. Climate change is an adaptive problem, requiring new ways of thinking beyond the patterns that got us here in the first place.  An adaptive response demands that we address the emotional, psychological, and ethical dimensions of the crisis. For this reason, preserving a livable climate is fundamentally a moral challenge.

The Cascadia Climate Collaborative exists to provide a rejuvenating and inspiring space for an invitational group of the region’s most committed and effective climate leaders. We give them an opportunity to share their best practices and insights, and thereby grow the power and scope of the Cascadian climate movement. Our long-term vision is to cultivate the requisite moral depth, shared commitment, compassionate resolve, and strength of spirit to sustain ourselves and others through one of the most difficult transitions our species has ever faced.

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual 2015 Climate Conference, “Our Shared Future: the Heart of the Climate Movement”, happening this spring on the beautiful and restorative lands of The Whidbey Institute, April 17-18. Elizabeth May, Leader of Canada’s Green Party, with her daughter, Victoria Cate May Burton, will give the keynote. KC Golden, co-founder of the organization Climate Solutions and interim chair of the national board of 350.org, will also report on “the state of the movement.” This year’s conference focus is the moral and emotional dimensions of climate change in an inter-generational context.

Desired outcomes for our participants include:

  • An enhanced awareness of others’ activities in climate change work, and the discovery of new connections and opportunities for collaboration
  • A greater understanding of the moral dimensions of dealing with climate change
  • Strengthened emotional and soulful resilience in continuing this important work
  • An effective language for discourse on climate issues with people of other persuasions and realities
  • Renewed commitment to effect needed change in ourselves and in the wider world

For the region, we envision:

  • A growing network of people across diverse communities who are coming together to address climate change
  • A community of leaders working together toward common goals, continuing to grow in coherence, effectiveness, and commitment
  • The evolution of innovative models that will inform and inspire other communities and regions desiring similar outcomes.

To learn more about the conference, please watch our new, short video.

For more information, contact climate@whidbeyinstitute.org.

Featured Speakers:

 Elizabeth May Burton.jpgElizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament representing the southern Vancouver Island riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands. She is one of Canada’s most respected environmentalists. Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario.

She held the position of Associate General Counsel for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment from 1986 until 1988. Elizabeth became Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada in 1989, a position she held until March 2006, when she stepped down to run for leadership of the Green Party of Canada.

Elizabeth is the author of eight books, including her latest, Who we are: Reflections on my life and on Canada. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the International Institute for Sustainable Development and as Vice-Chair of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy, and is currently a Commissioner of the Earth Charter International Council. Elizabeth became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005. In November 2010, Newsweek named her “one of the world’s most influential women.” In the 2011 Federal Election, Elizabeth made history by being the first Green Party candidate to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons. She was chosen (by a vote of all MPs) as Maclean’s’s 2012 Parliamentarian of the Year, 2013 Hardest Working MP, 2014 Best Orator and by The Hill Times in 2013 and 2014 as Hardest Working MP, Best Constituency MP and Best Public Speaker.

Cate May Burton.jpg Cate May Burton grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, with her mom, pets, and a changing cast of room-and-board interns for the Sierra Club of Canada. She was a Teen Representative for the Young Greens of Canada, volunteered on multiple school environment initiatives, and worked in support of her mother’s candidacy on three Green Party election campaigns. She graduated from the University of King’s College in 2013. In her final year of undergraduate school she worked as the Sustainability Officer through the King’s Students’ Union. She is working on a Master’s in Women and Gender Studies with a focus on Freudian and feminist psychoanalysis. She is also interested in the relationship between political identity and community and the relationship between technology and ethics. She recently joined the Green Party of Nova Scotia executive as the Membership Secretary.

 KC Golden is Senior Policy Director at Climate Solutions in Seattle, where he has pioneered leading-edge state and local climate policies while helping to deliver strong regional support for responsible national and international climate policy. He is an active leader in the national climate movement, serving on the boards of 350.org and the US Climate Action Network. KC was named Seattle Magazine’s  #1 “Eco-Hero”, and in 2012 he received the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his lifetime achievement as a climate advocate and policy architect.

Organizing Team:

Dan Mahle is program coordinator at the Whidbey Institute, where he convenes, coordinates, and facilitates groups of leaders from across the Northwest in transformational experiences and conversations that matter. He is also a facilitator and trainer with Generation Waking Up, an Oakland-based organization that is uniting a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world.

Derek Hoshiko serves to catalyze social-changemakers and activate ordinary citizens. He works with individuals through story and conversation to engage their passions, and to bring integrity more fully into their lives so their values truly serve them. He is a viable and legitimate guide to help people navigate our changing world, to make social change fun, and to help people go beyond changing light bulbs.

Kate Davies is core faculty in the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington. She has taught social change for sustainability at colleges and universities in Canada and England, as well as in the U.S., and is the author of The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement (2013).

Kurt Hoelting is author of The Circumference of Home: One Man’s Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life. Kurt is a wilderness guide, climate activist and meditation teacher. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, and is the founding Director of Inside Passages, guiding contemplative sea kayaking retreats in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

Larry Daloz is a Senior Fellow of the Whidbey Institute. He served as the first dean of the Community College of Vermont, and has taught at Lesley, Norwich, Harvard, and Columbia Universities. He is a double-award winning author of Mentor: Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners, and co-author of Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World.

Terra Anderson was a Boeing organizational facilitator who managed a two-week executive development program at their corporate university. Upon retirement she taught team building and personal development for the Bainbridge Graduate Institute sustainable MBA program. Currently she is a full-time farmer/gardener learning how to live with a reduced carbon footprint and to develop resiliency skills for an uncertain future.

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