Cascadia Climate Action . . . Providing Tools for Grassroots Activism
The need for a “one stop” calendar of climate events became clear while some of us were beginning to get active on climate change. We’d hear of events and campaigns through various sources, e.g. meetings, emails, Facebook, websites and mailings, but had nowhere to go to easily find them all. And there was the risk of scheduling events and then finding the date conflicted with an event already planned by another group. s
Essentially, there was no one place to check for what was happening, when something was happening, and where; or to easily pick among the various upcoming events for the one that best fit a person’s interest, values, skills and community. To fill this need, Cascadia Climate Action began maintaining a climate events calendar in about 2014, but with the overarching goal of facilitating public engagement in climate action. From it has grown a website, a newsletter and events such as the popular Climate Science on Tap series. All accomplished with volunteers, interns, and community collaboration.
The Cascadia Climate Action Team:
This grassroots effort has been made possible through the hard work and inspiration of those who have been part of the CCA Team to encourage public engagement for climate action!
Gabriella Chilczuk – Planning | Event Support | Social Media
Eden Cypher – Planning | Event Support | Social Media
Jon Akira Doyle – Planning | Event Support | Social Media
Pooja Kumar – Planning | Event Support | Social Media
Pooja is a part of the University of Washington Program on the Environment Capstone Program 2018-2019 as part of which she will be collaborating with Cascadia Climate Action Winter Quarter 2019.
Mary Manous – Founder| Team Coordination | Strategy | Technology | Climate Science on Tap & Outreach Events
Mary, a lifelong advocate for protecting the planet from the impacts of growing populations, enjoys thoughtful conversations and making connections with climate experts, aspiring musicians, artists and clear thinkers. When she is not working to save the planet, she is known to take art classes, hike trails, throw garden parties, and join friends at music venues.
Liepa Braciulyte – Planning | Event Support
Liepa is passionate about reducing waste, driving less, eating plants, voting, and any other action that reduces our carbon footprint. You can usually find her at the very front row at the Climate Science on Tap events.
Helene Costa – Petition for a Nobel Prize for Action on Climate Change
Helene Costa and her husband Raoul began the petition for a Climate Nobel Prize for work fighting climate change. The Petition can be found here and more information on their website and the Facebook page, where there are translations, also. CCA is supporting the initiative that will raise awareness and increase action on climate change.
Anna Ellermeier – Action Outreach | Planning | Event Support
Anna is a Seattle native and loves the outdoors. She’s passionate about protecting the environment and encouraging others to join her!
Gloria Piekarczyk – Calendar | Planning | Event Support
Gloria is a part of the University of Washington Class of 2018 and she is majored in Environmental Studies with a double minor in Law, Soceties & Justice and Environmental Science Resource Management. She wants to help promote environmental advocacy and increase knowledge of environmental issues. She is hoping to go to law school and fight for the environment.
Paula & Brian King – Event Planning | Outreach Coordination
Brian and Paula believe that the best way for them to contribute to the fight against Global Warming is to spread knowledge as widely as possible about how it occurs and what are its consequences. They founded the 350 Seattle’s Speakers Bureau and now also facilitate outreach presentations through the focused on carbon free energy, particularly nuclear power through their group, Seattle Friends of Fission. Brian is the author of So Long,
Vietnam, a positive antiwar novel about GIs in Vietnam.
Ericka Berg – Communications
Ericka began contributing her passion and skills to CCA in mid 2015 after joining a public Kayaktivist protest in Seattle’s Elliott Bay against Shell’s Arctic Drilling equipment that was in the process of leaving Seattle to be taken north to Alaska. This Kayaktivism became emblematic of grassroots engagement on global warming. Ericka applies her considerable skills at community outreach along with a keen eye for editing and design to facilitate CCA’s public events as well as online and written outreach materials.
Emeritus Team Members:
The following wonderful folks have been instrumental in the launching and Cascadia Climate Action with inspiration, advice, support and good company. They all continue to be available in a pinch for support, advice and good friendship!
Bruce Wolcott – Calendar Curation | Website Consultant
Bruce has been a progressive activist throughout his life and became involved in climate activism through the Seattle Environmental Activists. He joined the CCA Team to contribute his professional skills in website design and experience in event calendar curation. He teaches at Bellevue College, including classes in topics such as Web Multimedia Foundations, Technology of Persuasion, Game Theory, and Digital Design and Storytelling. From 2010-2012, he taught a hybrid online course called the Fundamentals of Interactive Entertainment for the Human Interface Technology Lab at University of Tasmania.
Isa Werny – Calendar Support
Isa has been working on environmental issues the last few years. This interest was sparked by the news of a large coal terminal to be built near her second home in Ferndale, WA. The fight against the coal port led to the realization that we must stop climate disruption now. Professionally Isa has been working as a medical researcher at the University of Washington for many years.
Doug Indrick – Web Technology Development Support
Originally from upstate NY, Doug Indrick moved to the Seattle area in December 2013. Since arriving, Doug has helped launch a new student debt cooperative (Salish Sea Cooperative Finance), and has been expressing environmental activism through music as part of the group “Animals of Grace.” As part of CCA, Doug has employed his graphic design and web development skills to hat he gained during his 2.5 years working in the solar industry, which he now puts to use at a regional climate focused nonprofit organization.
Terri Walsh – Organizational Strategy | Editing & Design
As Director of Research and Evaluation at California Family Health Council, Terri directs clinical trials aimed at increasing contraceptive options for women and men. She also advises on evaluation projects which use data analytics to drive improvements in health care delivery. Terri has a lifelong interest in local and national policy express by her service on community boards and commissions as well as campaigns of progressive candidates. Her current passion is building strategies to make collective activism more effective.
Alan Tabor – Online Technology | Start Up Strategy & Planning
Al was one of the founders of Mountain Hardwear, Inc. where he was in charge of Operations and Information Systems. He is currently an entrepreneur acting as a strategic adviser and Board member at SlingFin, a company that makes high-performance mountaineering tents, and has an internet start-up of his own currently in beta testing. His involvement in non-profit endeavors ranges from work as a community organizer doing tenant organizing in Oakland, CA to a stint on the Board of a K-8 school where he provided financial modeling. Threaded through all these pursuits, whether coding, organizing or shaping business systems, is a love for focusing disparate elements into effective action.
Weldon DeBusk – Photography
Along side a life time interest in biology and science, Weldon studied cellular and molecular biology at the University of Utah before moving to Seattle for its natural beauty and progressive culture. His creative passion has led him into digital photography, animated graphics, website development and audio production (UmbralGlow). He contributes photography and online advice to the work of Cascadia Climate Action.
Lisa Marcus – Inspiration
Lisa’s passion is artful activism for climate and social justice. As a founding leader of 350.org-Seattle she initially led the team to stop coal trains from using the Pacific Northwest as a “carbon corridor” to Asian power plants. In this process, she saw the need for better coordination among activist groups in scheduling actions and events to avoid conflicts and facilitate public participation. Out of the need for a shared climate calendar came the initial Google calendar of climate actions that is now the centerpiece of the Cascadia Climate Action website. Currently she leads the 350-Seattle Artful Activism workgroup.
Ashley Rittenhouse – Intern Spring 2016 for Outreach | Calendar | Social Media
Ashley, an avid hiker and nature lover from Tacoma Washington, was an enthusiastic intern, and sophomore in Plant Biology at University of Washington. She hoped to use her knowledge of plants and the environment to educate people on ways they can help preserve the Pacific North West Forests in which she loves to spend time.
Allie Bull – Outreach | Calendar | Online Support
Allie, in the University of Washington Class of 2017 majored in Community, Environment & Planning with a minor in Environmental Studies. She is interested in promoting awareness of environmental issues throughout the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, she is interested in utilizing website design and development in that approach.
Brigid Smith – Climate Update Editor | Event Support
Brigid has been interested in saving the Earth since she read her first Michael Pollan book in college. Now, she is passionate about climate science outreach and sustainable living, especially where they intersect with our food system. Though her day job has absolutely nothing to do with environmentalism, she harbors a secret dream of owning a small organic farm.
Are You Interested?
We are always interested in hearing from concerned and motivated individuals who want to help get more people become engaged with climate action. If you are interested, send a statement of interest and resumed to us at: Admin@CascadiaClimateAction.org
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