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 meetings, emails, Facebook, websites and mailings, but had nowhere to go to easily find them all. There was also the need to know what date wouldn’t conflict with another event when scheduling a new action.
Essentially, there was no one place to check for what was happening, when something was happening, and where; or to pick among the variety of events that one particular thing that best fit a person’s interest, values, skills and community. To fill this need, Cascadia Climate Action was began in 2014 with the underlying goal of facilitating public engagement in climate action. The calendar aggregates climate events from around the region so that each individual can easily find (at least) one thing to do to address the climate crisis and to enjoy being part of the solution to this global challenge.
The Cascadia Climate Action Team:
This collaborative grassroots effort has been made possible through the hard work of current and former volunteers. All great people who are always a pleasure to be with as we strive to encourage increased climate action!
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.
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.
Mary Manous – Founder| Team Coordination | Strategy | Technology | Climate Science on Tap & Outreach Events
A life long advocate for protecting the Earth’s environment, Mary works to address climate disruption by helping concerned individuals to take climate action in a way that fits their interests, values, and skills. With graduate study in environmental law and policy, her career has included Clean Air Act policy, grant management, and regulatory implementation. In 2012 she joined with friends to found the community grassroots climate group Seattle Environmental Activists to work collaboratively on climate change. She enjoys a good conversation about most any topic, making connections with climate activists, 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.
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 climate outreach presentations through the Cascadia Climate Action-Speakers page. Brian is the author of So Long,
Vietnam, a positive antiwar novel about GIs in Vietnam.
Ericka Berg – Communications Specialist | Editor
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.
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
Become informed – Get involved – Make a difference!