The North Pole Is Going Green!: A New Christmas Story, in Which Santa Has an Epiphany

This piece (written by Santa and delivered by Mary DeMocker) was originally published in the journal Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and the Environment, in the Global Warming Special Issue in March 2014. Mary DeMocker is one of the co-founders and organizers of 350 Eugene. She is also a freelance writer and harp teacher.

Dear Parents:

Usually, it's your children putting pen to paper this time of year, begging me for under-the-tree delivery of all manner of bouncy, cuddly, and flashing treasures. But something's changed here in Christmas Town. Though the elves and I had hoped it might just be a few “off” years weather-wise, we can no longer deny it: The North Pole is melting. Our land of snowpeople, icicles, and eternal winter is turning . . . green.

At the same time, there's been a change in your children's requests. Their letters beseeching me for sleds, dollhouses, and, more recently, smartphones have always included heartbreakers such as, “Please, give my parents time to play with me.” But this year, I've been snowed by pleas to “Save polar bears!” and “Bring clean water,” and “Make the hurricanes stop!” Parents, your children are worried. Terrified, actually.

So I sent four snowy owls, three beige wrens, two little doves, and a partridge in a pear tree to investigate. They flew back today with a troubling report: The entire planet is heating up. Storms, droughts, and wildfires are more intense, and your kids are wondering why the adults aren't fixing things.

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But there was more. This was when the birds got a little shifty-eyed. They sat me down with my pipe and a stiff eggnog to break the news that, though my part is played out of love and generosity, it turns out I'm making everything worse. I—through my annual stoking of your children's desires for new possessions—am largely responsible for the consumerism driving industry to spew ever-more carbon into our atmosphere. My actions contribute to scorching temperatures, rising seas, and acidification of the oceans. To mass extinctions. Superstorms. Famine.

I'm melting my own North Pole.

Imagine being told that you're complicit in destroying—irrevocably—the homes, health, and happiness of the very children whose dreams you've dedicated your life to fulfilling. But I won't let daunting news steal the twinkle from my eye. This emergency demands action, so today I'm announcing: No more Christmas-as-usual. To realize my dream of a snowy Christmas, I'm going “green” myself. Because your children are telling me what they really want and it's not light-up sneakers or Xboxes.

They deeply yearn for only two things: Your love and a future. A future they can grow into with joyful anticipation, one characterized by kindness—to animals, grandmothers, the poor, kids orphaned by tsunamis, and those hungry in ravaged lands. Your children's boundless hearts are ready to do whatever it takes to get these two simple things. Children are never confused by politics or profits because even though they lack degrees, consultants, and immortality—or maybe because of that—they just know what's right. Their pleas are loud and clear. And I'm listening.

To slow the melting, we'll need to end our traditional system of one-way accountability. I'll still keep tabs on the Naughty and Nice, but everyone goes on the list now—me, you, and your governments and businesses. You've got some real Grinches down there who aren't just stealing candy canes; they're snatching your children's futures, happy to keep your kids madly consuming while they rake in fortunes. But with my magic and your love, dear parents, we can provide your children with what they truly need.

I'll start by reducing the volume of presents. From now on, the Nice will receive only one gift each—battery-free, Earth-friendly, and likely to fire the imagination. I'll feature recycled toys, science kits, sidewalk chalk, and “pre-owned” costumes, books, and musical instruments. There will be more off-the-couch-and-out-the-door gifts, such as fishing poles, kites, and skateboards, all wrapped in yesterday's comics or scrap fabric. And to give your kids more play time with you, I'll slip theater tickets and hiking guides into your stockings.

As for the Naughty, I'm divesting from fossil fuels, so they'll receive “Shrink Your Carbon Footprint Now!” booklets. If subtlety fails, it'll be Rudolph droppings next year—sustainably harvested, of course.

I hope this begins to address your children's fears that adults don't care enough about them or the planet. We can evolve, even we who have been around a long, long time.

Love,

Santa Claus

P.S. One more thing: I'm done giving guns.

 

Editors note: Story published with permission by the author and original publisher Oxford University Press. Citation the original piece as listed below.

 

Mary DeMocker. The North Pole Is Going Green!: A New Christmas Story, in Which Santa Has an Epiphany Interdiscip Stud Lit Environ (Winter 2014) 21 (1): 145-147 first published online March 14, 2014 doi:10.1093/isle/isu018

What if CO2 Were Pink?

 

A new, illustrated book about climate change for kids (and their adults) poses the interesting question: "What if we could SEE carbon dioxide?" Oregon author Gregg Kleiner has written the new book, which is aimed and helping kids, and their adults, start seeing the sources of CO2, then take action.

 

 

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"As a father of two kids who will live in a climate altered by my generation's excesses and emissions, I found myself lying awake nights worrying about their future, and the future of all children," Kleiner said. "After one of those long nights, I wondered what would happen if CO2 were suddenly, say, pink. And since I'm a writer, I decided to tell a story about that, because stories tap the human imagination and have the power to move people."

 

Kleiner said the inspiration for the new book, "Please Don't Paint Our Planet Pink! A Story for Children and Their Adults" was the fact no one can see what's causing climate change, mainly CO2 in the atmosphere.

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"I'm troubled that although the science is clear about what's coming if we keep burning fossil fuels, there's very little action to stem climate change, especially in the U.S.," he said. "It's hard to fight, because we can't see what's causing it…we can't feel, or hear, or taste it either, so there's no clear enemy we can point to and go after. But what if we all woke up tomorrow and CO2 were were a nice, bright pink puffing out behind our cars, rising above our homes when we take showers?"

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The new book features a "geeky dorkasaurus" dad who uses a pair of lens-less green goggles to encourage his 9-year-old son to tap his imagination to see carbon dioxide as pink plumes billowing up from factory smoke stacks and chimneys, puffing out behind airplanes and cars, and even rising above the butts of cows.

 

The book to uses humor, watercolor illustrations by Laurel Thompson, and a dash of accessible climate science to help kids start seeing CO2. "Kids have such amazing, unadulterated imaginations that I wanted to write a story for them," Kleiner said. "But adults who read this book say they learn a lot, too."

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Climate activist Bill McKibben said of the book, "I've often wondered what might happen if CO2 were visible. Now I know!"

 

The hardest part of writing the book, Kleiner says, was making sure it wasn't frightening or filled with dry scientific facts, but instead inspired kids and their parents in a light-hearted way to look at a serious issue. The book teaches about the carbon cycle, but also about caring and carpooling and community, as well as some gender stereotypes.

 

Eugene writer and 350.org member Mary DeMocker calls the book, "A whimsical 'we can do this!' call to action for both children and adults."

 

As a mother, DeMocker said she appreciates how the book opens the door for discussion with children, first about the science and then about solutions. "Without finger-wagging, mind-numbing science, or a hint of despair, Kleiner's characters … exude hopeful attitudes without stepping away from the central issue we must solve," Democker said.

 

Kleiner’s idea may not be as far-fetched as it seems; The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) completed a similar project back in 2011 by installing infrared cameras at twelve natural gas drilling and processing sites in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia, revealing “invisible air pollution rising from almost three quarters of those examined.” The released gases in the video are primarily methane. The same infrared video-monitoring methods are being used in a campaign in Denton, TX to prove that emissions within the permitted short-term pollutant exposure standards stick around long-term, potentially requiring different limits or a review of the standards. Pink_02.jpg

 

For anyone looking to give a holiday gift that makes a difference in the world, consider giving this important book, which is available at the local bookstore ‘Another Read Through’ on

N. Mississippi Ave, Powell's, Amazon, and through the book's website:http://cloudburstcreative.com/pink

 

PLEASE DON'T PAINT OUR PLANET PINK! A Story for Children and Their Adults Written by Gregg Kleiner • Illustrated by Laurel Thompson

ISBN: 978-0990637301 • $12 • From Cloudburst Creative

 

All images are protected by copyright and are reproduced here with permission of the author. Please seek permission before using.

 

What’s Next: Reflections from a young organizer

by Mia Reback

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I know you’ve heard a lot about the People’s Climate March already, but a collection of marchers’ interviews has been compiled and are providing me a source of hope!

 

After spending one month organizing the Portland People’s Climate March, I hopped on a plane to NYC andlanded in the temporary epicenter of global climate activism. For three weeks, New York was filled with meetings, panels, rallies, marches and other climate events.

 

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered to show they care, but they also came for the excitement; the PCM was the place to be that weekend. The march was designed to appeal to a broad audience--and it did. All over NYC, I heard people talk about the march joyously, as though it were an upcoming festival. Its open atmosphere was effective at drawing 400,000 people to march in NYC, and many hundreds of thousands more at marches around the world.

 

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Mia Reback, left, at the march.

 

I found the joy and excitement of the day symbolic of where the U.S. climate movement is. The march made it seem like the transition away from all fossil fuels and widespread deforestation will be fun and easy.It won’t be. It will be hard work that requires sacrifice, a paradigm shift, and passion strong enough to motivate us as we change the status quo. We need to embrace our collective rage and frustration at the lack of large scale government action and recent inundation of proposals for new fossil fuel projects. Moving forward, we need to look to the power of Flood Wall Street and the recent protests responding to police violence in communities of color as models for where the climate justice movement needs to go.

 

Editor’s note: If you haven’t put much thought yet into the massive public outcry in response to racialized police violence around the country, check out this captivating article titled Why Environmentalists Should Support the Black Lives Matter Protests.

 

Now, it’s two months later and I’m back on the west coast reading an analysis of interviews from the PCM. This collection, “Messages From the March,” put together by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, gives me hope for the climate movement. The passion and dedication captured in this small sample of interviews represents how strong this movement is.

 

“On a governmental level, I’m not that

hopeful. But on a personal level I think

people really can begin to make, bring the

change they want. I mean, that’s to me,

sometimes that’s the only way you can go.”

-- Messages From the March

 

It’s going to take everyone to build a society that is free from fossil fuels and resilient to climate change. As promo materials for the march said, “to change everything, we need everyone.” The PCM successfully brought together the different branches of the climate justice movement. Now, post-march, we need to deepen these connections.

 

It’s on us to take the momentum from the march back home and keep building this movement. We need people more than ever to become active in an organization or a community group. We need to get off our computers and smartphones and into living rooms, churches, cafes and city parks. Let’s connect with local campaigns against fossil fuel exports and stand in solidarity with frontline communities.

 

Editor’s note: There are many ways to plug in with 350 and our allies in the fight against the multiple proposed fossil fuel export terminals in Portland and all along the coast. Check out this campaign against a propane export site, and show up to engage with the public process via supporting a delivery of testimony on Dec 17th and coming to a public hearing on Jan 13th.

 

We need our actions to go even deeper. We need to show our leaders - and each other - that we take the threats of climate change seriously. The next time we gather en masse, I hope we can dig in and confront the root causes of climate change, so we can begin building the society we need to maintain a safe climate.

 

Alone, we are limited in our power. Together, we are changing the course of history.

Bend Artists Show Up Big Coal

by Lee Chapman

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Megan McGuinness

"Leaf Toupee's; For Those Still Standing"

Acrylic on board

22''x28''

 

I moved to Bend in September, and with the help of Victoria Leistman, a Green Corps organizer for Sierra Club, and a quirky group of BeyondCoal activists, organized a community Art Show at the local environmental center. The event was called, Trick-or-Treat for Energy and it featured art that depicted either the Trick--the risks of continuing to burn fossil fuels, or the Treat--the hope for a switch to clean, renewable energy options. We provided a platform for these artists and the community to collectively envision a transition from coal to clean energy.

 

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There were 15 different artists and more than 25 different works of art provided by local artists and engaged community members. Some of the art was dark, depicting skeletons praying or desolate landscapes that called out warning about ignorance and apathy towards overuse of fossil fuel resources.

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Other pieces were light, showing serene green nature, or a world where life is not made simply for profit.  Children's art peppered through the collection simply showed how the next generation understands that clean energy is available and ready if only we make the choice to switch to it.

 

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The artwork that people contributed was truly powerful, and reflective of the diversity of the individuals and the perspectives they might bring to the table through their art, and there was even more to the event! We were lucky to have live music by Matt Strait and a group of talented bluegrass-folk friends. How appropriate, because bluegrass has many old-timey coal songs, harkening to real accounts of the devastation and wreckage coal has always brought to America.

 

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To round out the evening, we set up a table with a participatory art project for the community to contribute to. We included this art message in our Media release; reporting BeyondCoal's successfully growing coalition of businesses calling for clean energy now.

 

The event was a hit and generated real interest and enthusiasm for the clean energy movement. We estimated 150 people attended! A great turnout for a one-night-only, locally-organized event, if you ask me! Art is powerful!

 

To read the full article that Sierra Club published, click here.

 

A bit about myself: I'm a 27 yr-old, Portlander, born and raised, I've been doing regular volunteer work with Sierra Club, as well as attending public hearings on proposed NW coal operations for the past few years. My main calling is to find interesting ways to reach out to people to spread knowledge of our imminent energy and environmental situation. One thing I have learned is that the best way to get the message out is through art.

 

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For those of you in other regions of the state, I’ve written up a little info about the coal fight in our area of Bend, Oregon.

  • Sierra Club is working on a campaign to inform citizens that the main electric utility for Bend is Pacific Power, and the mix we get here is 2/3 coal. Most people assume their power is hydroelectric because we are in Oregon, but its NOT. Oregon sells its hydro profits to other states, and buys dirty coal energy from inland states. For those who don't believe coal hurts the environment, we are sharing the economic nonsense (non-cents) of a price-hikes-and-few-jobs reality. Not everyone believes in Climate Change, which is why we are sharing the 101 other reasons to keep coal in the ground.

 

  • The business coalition we are building is NOT taking any action - they are just calling on local government and Pacific Power to start investing NOW in clean energy. It’s a small step, but I believe it’s important to build our voice by adding other interest groups, and take measurable steps to call for action from our government.

 

  • In talking about Pacific Power's Coal usage, we are also exposing the flaws of their Blue Sky program, in which electricity customers pay Pacific Power for supposedly clean energy but the money funds clean energy projects built elsewhere. The fee that I and these other caring, green-minded Bend-ites are paying is really just fueling big coal!  

 

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Southern Oregon Coast Under Threat: LNG Export Facility & Pacific Connector Pipeline.

Photo: Daniel Serres

The Southern Oregon coast is currently under threat from an LNG export facility and its accompanying Pacific Connector Pipeline.  
Help say "NO!" to another climate disruptor in our region. Take the bus with us on December 9th to the Public Hearing on the Jordan Cove LNG project, in Roseburg.
Our bus will leave Portland at 1:00PM and will return past midnight. Please call Bonnie at 503-705-1943 for info on reserving your seat on the bus.
 
The impacts of LNG in Oregon must be exposed before irresponsible and irretrievable plans become reality.

Please take a look at these links.
 
Rogue Riverkeeper--more info on the hearings and  Talking Points

 

Keystone XL Status Update!

 

With the Keystone XL up for Fast Track approval in the senate, we’ve been sitting on the edge of our seats waiting on the verdict. Here are recent updates from 350.org national organizers:


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We just won the Keystone XL vote in the Senate. Thank you all for your hard work making calls, organizing actions, and generally growing this beautiful, huge, and increasingly powerful movement. This is a huge win against Big Oil. And now, we'll continue to fight until a rejection.


“Last week, Rosebud Sioux Tribal President Cyril Scott described building Keystone XL - without the prior and informed consent of his people-
as an act of war. This week, farmer Art Tanderup, whose land would be crossed by the pipeline, stood on Capitol Hill and pledged to continue fighting back no matter what.


“Super special shout out to 350 DC for crushing on every level for the last 4 days all over DC! “

 

350Colorado organizers gathered 200 people to call out Senator Bennet on his support for the Keystone XL pipeline. It was amazing! 350 NYC and 350 Maine also brought the fire in their regions as well.


“When [Sens.] Schumer and Levin were wavering, we generated hundreds of calls and within hours, they had both said publicly they were with us. And I sincerely believe that 350 Colorado's rally in Denver deterred any other Democratic Senators from flipping.


“And 350 DC led an action at Landrieu's house, 2 direct action trainings, sit-ins in offices, and social media, video and general support for all things DC over the last 3 days. You all seriously impress me."


As for our Oregon contingent, Senator Jeff Merkley spoke out strongly against Keystone XL before he and Senator Wyden
both stood for our values by voting in opposition to the pipeline bill. Even though the pipeline didn’t pass in the Senate, it will still be up to President Obama to decide its fate--and ours. We’re hoping that Obama holds to his principles, which would lead him to reject the pipeline.


But we’re also doing more than hoping.
Click here to tell President Obama that it's time to reject Keystone XL.

You can also be part of the effort to put away the pipe, either by joining the thousands who have pledged to engage in civil disobedience or by support these efforts in other ways. If you would like more information on the No KeystoneXL Pledge of Resistance and upcoming trainings, please contact Bonnie at goto350pdx@gmail.com.

  • Maya Jarrad

 

Open Public Comments: Oil by Rail

Ghosts of Trains to Come

 

It was back in the Halloween season when a veritable fleet of cars, buses, and bikes caravanned to Olympia, WA to address a horror much more frightening than ghosts and ghouls. The ever-expanding transport of oil through our region is what really scares us. We know that the oil industry's plans to expand oil extraction work directly flies in the face of our efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

 

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The hearing packed with people in red shirts showing their disapproval of the proposed increase in oil transport through the region.

 

October 30th began with an early morning assembly of Seattle Raging Grannies rocking “Blockadia” with a 7-hour street obstruction. Activities continued with a rally, and later we packed the hearing room. Over 750 people squeezed in to attend the Marine & Rail Oil Transportation Study Hearing in Olympia! We were there to speak and act out against the onslaught of oil by rail and by waterways. The Oregonian covered the hearing and festivities.

 

You can still add your voice to those that participated in the spirited rally and hearing. The deadline for public comments isDecember 1st, 5:00PM. Take this opportunity to speak out against oil transport---you do not need to be a Washington resident. Aside from climate impacts from the combustion of oil, its transport directly puts our environment and safety at risk.

 

Send your comments here.

 

To help write your comments, here are Talking Points from the Washington Environmental Council and Tips to Effective Comments from the Environmental Law Institute.

 

VICE also produced a video, "Bomb Trains,” a good watch if you are looking for more background or strong visuals.

 

  • Bonnie McKinlay

Slowing the “Fast Track”

Portlanders braved the chilly winter weather on Friday, November 14th, to bring a message to Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden: Oppose Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact.

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The Raging Grannies listen to Elizabeth Swager of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign (not pictured). Photo: Oregon Fair Trade Campaign 2014.


‘Fast Track’ is an expired, Nixon-era policy-making process that allows legislation to circumvent ordinary Congressional review, amendment and debate procedures. Friday’s event, organized by the Director of the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Elizabeth Swager, stuck to a simple agenda: bring our voices and faces directly to the offices of our political representatives to express our disapproval of both the TPP and Fast Track.

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“So often these trade agreements hit hardest the people who have nothing,” said
Ted Gleichman (pictured above), of the Sierra Club, drawing on allegories of negative impacts to Haitian markets as a result of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Corporations have already used the investment provisions within the North American FTA (NAFTA) to challenge Quebec’s fracking moratorium and to threaten action if the Obama administration fails to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.


Carol Urner (pictured below, seated right), a long-time member of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), talked with the aides at Rep. Blumenauer’s office for ten minutes after the crowd delivered its message. She connected Blumenauer’s decisions to the potential impacts on lives both near and far from Portland. Carol shared a deep concern for her friends in Pacific island nations which face the destructive force of imminent sea-level rise.


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Organizers stand outside the building of Congressman Blumenauer while speakers give updates on the trade negotiations. Photo: Oregon Fair Trade Campaign 2014.

 

We find resistance to the TPP in many places around the world including Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia, where public outcry is much stronger than in the USA. Thousands of people attend the largest rallies hosted in these locations.


The TPP, if adopted, will encompass more than 40% of the world’s GDP, says WikiLeaks. Despite the far reaches of this potential international deal, you aren’t alone if you still haven’t heard of it yet. Negotiations between the 12 member nations transpired for more than 4 years without public knowledge. Representatives from 700 international corporations were the only non-federal agents who had access to the text before WikiLeaks acquired a few of the 26 chapters about a year ago. We can currently read the proposed policy changes to intellectual property rights, investments, and the environment, though much is still obscured from public view.

 

Photo: John Hively

 

Photo: John Hively

 

Photo: John Hively

 

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I spoke with Jim Plunkett, a retired Portlander, 350PDX and Greenpeace activist, while outside Senator Wyden’s building.


What motivates you to show up to rallies like the one today?


Really, I’m here for the giant tribe of pissed off and unhappy people.


Do you think the TPP, because it covers so many seemingly disparate issues (environmental protection, union rights, generic medicine, farm owners, etc), is bringing these movements together?


Not really. Not yet. We have all these singular issues and are still largely divided. When we do win, it’ll be when we all come together.


How do you think showing up in person differs from submitting online comments or calling your representatives?


Both have their place. There’s almost an equal time-commitment for me, as I’ll spend half the time writing comments to submit online, and the same amount of time participating in an event like this. At events, I myself don’t come to speak. I come to support everyone who puts them together in order to increase the visibility of the event and this important cause.

  • Maya Jarrad

 

[Resources]

“Local Environmentalists Say Proposed Trade Deal Would Undermine Climate Action.” Oregon Fair Trade Campaign. Press Release. Nov. 13, 2014.

https://wikileaks.org/tpp-ip2/pressrelease/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Partnership

Oregon Fair Trade Campaign. http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/oregon

PSU Students Reflect on Divestment Training for NW

Portland State University students hosted other student campaign leaders from Oregon, Washington, and Montana at the Divestment Student Network (DSN) Northwest Regional Training earlier this month. The trainings led by Becca Rast from 350.org, Dylan Armin from DSN, and Jess Grady-Benson and Lauren Ressler from Responsible Endowments Coalition(REC) followed up on the national trainings held in San Francisco earlier this fall.

Visiting Students Bryce and Maggie practice communication skills while a mock blockade stands witness. Photo: Divest Portland State.

We caught up with PSU student leaders Elyse Cogburn and Linda Hoppes of Divest Portland State to find out what drew them to be part of a growing movement of college and university  fossil fuel divestment campaigns.

How did you come to be involved with the fossil fuel divestment campaign?
 
[Elyse] By accident! Last spring I was invited to a pub crawl with a friend and the sustainability club she is a member of, Students Sustainability Leadership Council (SSLC)." I ended up talking to a couple of really passionate people about this term, “divestment.” I just politely nodded and asked few questions. The second I walked into my apartment, I went to my laptop and read articles from Harvard, Reed, and Bill McKibben and didn’t move for five solid hours. I starting work on the campaign this fall after returning from an internship in the North Cascades and haven’t looked back since. After attending the training, I’ve been excited and ready to really kick-off our campaign.
 
[Linda] I was approached two years ago by Winston Friedman [a student at Southern Oregon University]. We spoke about divestment in general and then about divestment from fossil fuels specifically. He was extremely passionate and explained how important this would be for our future and how it would be good for our colleges to think about the future of their students. I honestly was only beginning my undergrad and was unsure of how to begin the campaign and felt I needed to be further educated on the subject.

The idea escaped me for a time as I earned my undergrad and was learning important facts on the destruction of our ecosystems, the extreme suffering of our environment and how the future looks bleak for the next seven generations and if we continue to support the corporations and continue to live beyond the capacity of our Earth we will all eventually suffer the consequences. The people who are currently suffering are people who use the least amount of resources, how is this right?

What other ways are you involved in your community? Do you see overlaps with your divestment work?

[Elyse] I am incorporating my divestment campaign work into my position as Sustainability Affairs Director with Associated Students of Portland State University (ASPSU). Within ASPSU, I am able to create awareness in the student body at Portland State and in other students around the nation. I also volunteer with the conservation organization Sierra Club, which is currently working on a clean energy solutions campaign.

You made time for a whole weekend (during school!) to attend the training. Tell me about something that really stuck with you.

[Elyse] I think the best part of the training was getting to know so many passionate, intelligent, leaders from around the Pacific Northwest. It was exciting to meet, and hear from, other schools’ campaigns, and strengthen each other’s work. I have been to a few leadership trainings and this was by far my favorite. Besides the fabulous people I met, learning the concept of base building within a campaign was really helpful and great. Let me tell you, it’s all about that base, that base.

[Linda] None of us are alone in this. there are many folks all across the northwest that are working on campaigns, which in my opinion means many people care and that is important to remember-- that alone can sustain oneself.

Being a student takes a lot of energy. How do you find time to participate in the campaign?

[Elyse] Two words: self care. I make sure to take the time to take a break and just be. I meditate often by swimming laps as often as I am able. It also helps to be really passionate about your work. I love what I am doing. This incredible movement is fighting towards bettering our world environmentally, socially, and economically. We aren't just thinking in the now, we are thinking about our future and those of generations to come. Loving what you do makes it really easy to find the time.

[Linda] I have several motivating factors for working on the Divest PSU campaign; to divest from fossil fuels is only one step; not the only one, but it is a step in the right direction. To win we have to be united. This is challenging, but it will be rewarding; I am learning many new skills and I am connecting with people working on this campaign. In addition, I really believe, "We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children", I have nieces and nephews that I love dearly and I want them to have a beautiful place to live and be happy in.

How do I find energy to attend graduate school fulltime, be a senator on the Student Government, be a support for my family, and help with the Divest PSU campaign? Well, I drink lots of green tea and don't sleep much, but also I try to find ways to sustain myself like reminding myself to have hope.
 

  • Maya Jarrad

Resources

http://studentsdivest.org/

http://studentsdivest.org/building-towards-strategic-escalation/

http://www.divestportlandstate.org/

http://www.pdx.edu/sustainability/solutions-blog/nw-students-unite-to-di...

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A large contingent of Oregonians, many of whom traveled across the country aboard the climate train, joined 400,000 fellow marchers in New York City for the largest and most diverse climate march in history. Marchers took to the streets across Oregon in alliance with the People's Climate March in NYC, with over 5,000 marchers in Portland, over a hundred in Bend, hundreds more in Eugene, crowds in Hood River, over a hundred at the Community Earth Fair and kids’ bike tour in Salem, and a communal gathering in the small town of Manzanita- all came together and drew attention to...Read more

 

 

350PDX joins Portland Jobs with Justice

We’re proud new members of Portland Jobs with Justice (JwJ), a coalition of more than 90 labor organizations and community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society...Read more

 

Tax-Deductible 350PDX

We are pleased to announce that 350PDX has received 501(c)(3) status. In other words, we are now a non-profit for tax purposes.
For you, our supporters, this means donations you make to us --including all made since January 9, 2014-- can be deducted from both your Oregon and U.S. taxes....Read more

 

Ready for Action?

President Obama speaks of an "all of the above" energy policy. We climate activists engage in "all of the above" methods of tackling fossil fuels. Using a variety of strategies & tactics, from letter-writing to presenting testimony, from legislative advocacy to carrying signs, we each do our part in the growing climate justice movement.

Some members of our climate community also choose to participate in and/or provide support for non-violent direct action and civil disobedience. Collaboration between climate groups and those organizing direct action has produced the Climate Action Coalition....Read More

 

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