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Cascadia Climate Conference 2015—An Invitational Event

April 17, 2015 - April 18, 2015


Our Shared Future: The Heart of the Climate Movement

An Invitational Gathering of Regional Climate Leaders

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. 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 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.




4:00 – 6:00pm: Arrival and Registration

6:30 – 7:30pm: Optional Dinner

7:30 – 9:00pm: Networking ‘Mix & Mingle’ in Thomas Berry Hall



7:30-8:00am: Optional Mindful Movement in the Sanctuary

7:45-9:00am Breakfast, Arrivals/Registration

9:00-10:15am Welcome and Opening in Thomas Berry Hall

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45-11:30am KC Golden address: “The State of the Climate Movement”

11:30am-12:00pm Q&A and Discussion

12:00-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:50pm Lightning Talks

Renee Lertzman – The Psychology of Climate Change: Beyond Hope and Despair

Carol Williams  – Race and Climate Justice

Shelly Vendiola – Swinomish Climate Crisis Initiative and Community Engagement

Andrew Maclean – Global and Local Activism

2:50-3:00pm Break

3:00-4:30pm Concurrent Workshops

Phil Walker – Climate Stories: How our Personal Experiences Inspire, Transform and Connect us

Julie Trimingham and Beth Doglio – Who we are, why we’re here and how we can be more effective

Renee Lertzman – The Psychology of Climate Change: Innovating Engagement

Anna Fahey – Talking Climate and Energy Policy Solutions: Tested tools for winning hearts and minds

4:30-6:00pm Reflective Pause: Time on the Land

6:00-7:30pm Dinner

7:30-9:00pm Open Mic, Open Heart stories hosted by Roger Fernandes



7:30-8:00am: Optional Mindful Movement in the Sanctuary

7:45-9:00am: Breakfast

9:00-10:15am: Convening in Thomas Berry Hall

10:15-10:35am: Break

10:30-12:00pm: Keynote with Elizabeth May and Cate May Burton

12:00-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-3:00pm: Closing Session

3:00-4:00pm: Reception and Departures

7:30pm: Public event with Elizabeth and Cate, $10 suggested donation

Art exhibits from Rachel Lodge and Carol Williams




April 17, 2015
April 18, 2015