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Youth speak at the Climate Strike in Santa Rosa on September 20, 2019. Over four million youth demonstrated across the world on September 20th. Photos: theclimatecenter.org
Youth speak at the Climate Strike in Santa Rosa on September 20, 2019. Over four million youth demonstrated across the world on September 20th. Photos: theclimatecenter.org

It’s up to Us!
Climate Activists’ Collective Vision 
Summit  at SoCoCan!

3/15, 1-6pm 
Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa

Feb 17, 2020

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By Connie Madden

Sonoma County Climate Activist Network (SoCoCAN!) wants you in the room for Sonoma County Climate Activists Community Summit, It’s Up To Us! Sun., Mar. 15, 1:30-6:00pm, Odd Fellows Hall, 545 Pacific Ave., Santa Rosa. The Summit aims to link groups and activists closer for greater leverage on climate crisis, focuses on how adults can work with youth-led groups and seeks an overall vision for our county in the fight for climate justice.  The stakes couldn’t be higher!

Field biologist and Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla. Photo: sebarts.orgField biologist and Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla, will give opening remarks and present research confirming forests are best left alone – NO SALE FOR FUEL (tree/biomass vs. coal) if you want carbon sequestration and protection for local wildlife. The amazing good news here: you CAN harden your home and come back after wildfire (true for up to 85% of homes).

No Gas Here activist,  Woody Hastings, will report out on status of efforts to block all new gas stations in our county AND Energy Democracy – a new community-based electricity system. 

Sonoma State University botanist,  Cory O’Gorman, will offer a student viewpoint and North Bay Organizing Project’s indigenous activist, Tayse Crocker, will share insights on wild lands and waters while Elizabeth Kaiser, Singing Frogs Farm, Sebastopol, will present on regenerative agriculture, growing nutrient-rich foods intensively to restore balance to our bountiful ecosystem.

Kate Roney, 16, co-director of Schools For Climate Action of Santa Rosa, Calif. Photo: eenews.netYouth is rising up, demanding action — not empty promises. Jonah Gottlieb, co-founder and president of Global Awareness, Kate Roney, co-director of Schools For Climate Action and director of Climate Action for the National Children’s Campaign and local Sunrise Movement youth leaders  will discuss how they are building a movement to win through political engagement, direct action and organizing.

Woody Hastings, Sonoma County Environmentalist of the Year, will shine a light on changes that will democratize our energy infrastructure making massive power outages and PG&E-sparked wildfire a nightmare of the past with community-based energy systems such as micro-grids. Steve Birdlebough from Sonoma County Transportation & Land-Use Coalition will show us the mobility system of the future.

Jonah Gottlieb, 17, co-founder and president of Global Awarenessof Petaluma, Calif. Photo: eenews.netBeyond these material details, opening our eyes and hearts to repairing our relationship to nature and to each other, Trathen Heckmanfrom Daily Acts  and Transition US will re-frame our urgent message as an interconnected whole, a vision of a future we want to live in — an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.

Environmental and social justice groups have learned that we are much stronger in coalition, and that positive changes happen when we support each other’s initiatives. Our elected officials notice and respond when we come out in strength and speak with one voice. Lynda Hopkins, farmer, environmentalist, and Sonoma County Supervisor will give her insights on issues that are facing us and how we can best bring solutions to elected officials.

All are welcome to this  FREE Summit  in support of your desire to be part of solutions to climate crisis with justice, the two words inseparable.

Students and others gathered against climate change in Sebastopol in one of a number of protests in Sonoma County and around the world on Friday, March 15, 2019. (N Chavez/ PD)

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