Climate for Change
New this year!
Town Hall Meeting
Friday, April 19
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Lane County Fairgrounds - Auditorium
Organized by Partners for Sustainable Schools
• Intro by Mayor Kitty Piercy
• Live Stream with Bill McKibben
• Our Children’s Trust
• Voices of Youth
• World Café
• Moving Toward Action
This year's theme is "Climate for Change" and is highlighted by a new alliance between Earth Day Oregon participants and the Partners for Sustainable Schools. Don't miss the activities beginning Friday, April 19th and continuing through Saturday, April 20th.
The Eugene Water & Electric Board will be awarding a grant of up to $100,000 to a local renewable energy and education project, as chosen by EWEB customers who are signed up for the Greenpower program. The winner (the finalists are chosen from organizations that are either tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or academic institutions) will be announced on the main stage at approximately 3:00 p.m.
Free LTD bus service on all routes Saturday, April 20th in support of Earth Day 2013!
11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Maya Love was formed in 2005 to pay tribute to the music of George Harrison and his music with The Beatles, his solo career, and through his collaborations with the Traveling Wilbury’s and others. The band has continued to play Harrison tributes but has also played John Lennon and Bob Dylan tributes and has played many gigs covering just about anything in The Beatles vast songbook. Maya Love’s Earth Day performance will feature Rob Tobias on Keyboard and Harmonica; Jeremy Wegner on Acoustic Guitar; Larry Lynch on Electric Guitar; Tim Miller on Bass Guitar, and Sean Brennan on Drums. All members are seasoned performers and provide vocals for the group.
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
I-Chele and the Circle of Light
I-chèle is an award-winning reggae artist who blends reggae, rock, and soul into a style all her own. Intoxicating vocals woven around deep drum and bass rhythms; this is the essence of I-chèle & The Circle of Light. With a sensuous, passionate flair, I-chèle creates her own sound highly influenced by Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Sade (just to name a few). Her positive and up-lifting message shows respect for the power of roots rock reggae and the nyabingi rhythms, and her presence captivates audiences of all ages.
3:05 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
EWEB's Greenpower Grant Awards
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Portland roots artist Lloyd Jones has recorded six critically acclaimed albums, toured internationally, and racked up dozens of major awards and accolades. Audiences can’t get enough of his swampy blues, his backporch picking, his serious-as-anthrax funk, soul, roadhouse two-beats, and old-school rhythm and blues. He may be the most invisible, best-kept roots/blues/Americana secret on the contemporary scene. He’s shared stages and spotlights with Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Dr. John, John Hammond, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy, and a hundred more. Lloyd Jones and his timeless, swampified American songwriting is tailor-made for dancing.
Climate Change Awareness and Action Lecture Series
EWEB Training Room
Elise Downing - Student and Climate Justice Activist at the University of Oregon
Matt McRae - Climate and Energy Analyst for the City of Eugene
Tom Bowerman - Project Director of PolicyInteractive
Kelsey Juliana - South Eugene High School student, Our Children Trust
School Presentations - (Times and schools are subject to change)
12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. - (1) The Village School and (2) Charlemagne at Fox Hollow
1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - (3) Adams Elementary and (4) Cesar Chavez Elementary
1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - (5) Churchill High and (6) Camas Ridge Community School
2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - (7) Spencer Butte Middle School and (8) Kalapuya High
12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Welcome & Intro by Partners for Sustainable Schools (Mel and Joshua)
12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. - School Presentations – Schools 1 and 2
Speaker 1 (12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Elise Downing is a student and climate justice activist at the University of Oregon, focusing on curtailing fossil fuel extraction. After working for the Democratic Party of Oregon and organizing with the Tar Sands Blockade in East Texas, Elise walks the line, using both traditional and radical strategies to build a just, thriving, and sustainable world.
TOPIC: Young people today are growing up in the most politicized time period of US history since the Civil War. After we have watched government flounder in the face of problem after problem, many young people have lost faith in government's willingness to halt our most imminent threat -- climate change. In order be successful as movement, we must utilize strategies which harness all of our collective energy. Climate activists, NGOs, politicians, youth, and radicals must work together, or at the very least, not against each other, if we are going to protect the world from climate upheaval.
1:00 p.m.to 1:15 p.m. - School Presentations – Schools 3 and 4
Speaker 2 (1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.)
Matt McRae is the Climate and Energy Analyst for the City of Eugene. In 2009 and 2010, Matt managed the effort to create Eugene’s first community Climate and Energy Action Plan. His work includes implementing Eugene’s Internal Zero Waste plan, managing an Internal Operations Greenhouse Gas Inventory, managing Eugene’s 20-minute neighborhoods assessment, and overseeing progress on Eugene’s Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan. Matt has worked for the City of Eugene since 2002 and prior to that worked for the National Park Service for nine years. Matt has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the College of Natural Resources at Utah State University.
TOPIC - Hitting the brakes: How Eugene is stepping away from fossil fuel.
Eugene is getting off of fossil fuels, and quickly! Come see for yourself the local trend that puts our neighbors to the north to shame. This presentation will highlight the progress being made and we’ll discuss some of the bumps along the way while leaving plenty of time for Q and A.
1:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - School Presentations – Schools 5 and 6
Speaker 3 (2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Tom Bowerman directs PolicyInteractive, a research project examining public opinion about climate change, sustainability and affluent consumption. Bowerman has a degree in architecture and has practiced in the field of architecture, urban design and planning for three decades at the interface of development and environmental protection. PolicyInteractive is a project of the Institute for Sustainability Education in Eugene, Oregon. Research staff expertise includes social psychology, political science, environmental psychology, ethics and law.
TOPIC - The Convergence of Affluence, Materialism and Survival
Research finds the public majority now understands global warming leads to catastrophe. So why is constructive response failing? This is partly because elected officials are beholden an unsustainable economic paradigm. Mostly it is us, our habit and inertia of daily activities. On the plus side, evidence show the public majority understands that deep change is not only necessary but desirable for many reasons. Viewing human-caused global warming as a symptom rather than “the problem” allows a more honest discussion of barriers and solutions. This discussion describes opinion research collected in Oregon and the nation. These findings reveal that none of us are alone in understanding that systemic change in our way of life is necessary. Moving beyond a “ten easy steps” over-simplification, individual and collective behavior, morality and aspirations are linked to how social change happens.
2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. - School Presentations – Schools 7 and 8
Speaker 4 (2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.)
Kelsey Juliana, 17, is a junior at South Eugene High School. She has been concerned about environmental and social justice issues for a long time, and is currently suing the Govenor of Oregon for a Climate Recovery Plan, a case that is connected by similar legal actions in every US State. She is represented by Our Children's Trust, is on the Board of Directors for Partners for Sustainable Schools, is a member of iMatter Youth Council, and is a trainer for the Sierra Student Coalition, as well as a serious student and an avid wilderness explorer.
TOPIC - TRUST: The Campaign and the Importance of Youth Taking Action
Learn about the strategy of youth taking State Governments to court to demand Climate Recovery Plans. Find out how you can get involved through organizations like Our Children's Trust and iMatter, and become empowered to take actions today that make a difference for our future.
3:15 p.m. to 3:22 p.m. - School Presentations - School 9
Film & Lecture Series
Climate Change Awareness and Action Film Series
EWEB Board Room
Moderator: Arun Toke – Editor, Skipping Stones Magazine
NOTE: Film Series attendees are welcome to come and go as they please. All of the listed films/videos are informative if watched in their entirety or seen for just a few minutes in the middle.
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Island President
A powerful documentary on the climatic impact of the sea level rising and its effects on the low lying Maldives Islands in the Indian ocean. The Island Present, Mohamed Nasheed, who is often called the "Nelson Mandela of the Maldives" attempts to get the world's attention and support in dealing with the dire conditions of his country. It could prove to be the canary in the coal mine, a potential prelude of what could happen with the melting glaciers of Greenland and West Antarctica. 30 minutes
12:15 p.m to 1:45 p.m. - The 11th Hour Produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio
The 11th Hour explains our ecological crisis and points out pathways for change. We already have the solution if take the courage and determination, we could reduce our carbon footprint by 90%. The 11th hour is here: the last moment when we can change course and stop our rush toward global ecological catastrophe. The documentary interviews leading thinkers, scientist such as Stephen Hawking, Mikhail Gorbachev, William McDonough and dozens more in revealing the current critical state of life on Planet Earth. The crisis is now and we do have the solutions to save this unique beautiful blue-green planet for future generations. The change will demand action by all of us individually and collective political and economic change. 92 minutes
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Interview with Scientist, Author, Environmentalist and Broadcaster David Suzuki
David Suzuki explores the myriad environmental challenges the world faces and their interconnected causes. In doing so, Suzuki shows that understanding the causes—and recognizing that everything in nature, including us, is interconnected—is crucial to restoring hope for a better future. The solutions are there, he argues; we just need the will to acttogether to bring about change. He speaks on climate change, tar sands as they underpin our precarious imbalance with our natural order. 30 minutes
2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. - Interview with Jeremy Rifkin
Eenvironmentalist , author, activist and economist speaks on the Third Revolution. The Industrial Revolution, powered by oil and other fossil fuels, is spiraling into a dangerous endgame. The price of gas and food are climbing, unemployment remains high, the housing market has tanked, consumer and government debt is soaring, and the recovery is slowing. Facing the prospect of a second collapse of the global economy, humanity is desperate for a sustainable economic game plan to take us into the future.
Here, Jeremy Rifkin explores how Internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful “Third Industrial Revolution.” He asks us to imagine hundreds of millions of people producing their own green energy in their homes, offices, and factories, and sharing it with each other in an “energy internet,” just like we now create and share information online. Rifkin describes how the five-pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses, millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct commerce, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life. 30 minutes
3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Peak Oil and a Changing Climate with Thom Hartman
The scientific community has long agreed that our dependence on fossil fuels inflicts massive damage on the environment and our health, while warming the globe in the process. But beyond the damage these fuels cause to us now, what will happen when the world's supply of oil runs out?, Bill McKibben, Noam Chomsky, Nicole Foss, Richard Heinberg and other scientists, researchers and writers explain our current condition and what directions we need to go in order to avert a catastrophe and create a more sustainable world. 30 minutes
Lane County Master Gardener Association Spring Plant Sale
(Main EWEB Parking lot, west of main entrance and under Ferry Street Bridge)
Lane County Master Gardener Association (LCMGA) is an Oregon State University Extension Service program, their mission is to engage the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources and promote healthy families and individuals. This program facilitates the training of a highly educated group of volunteers. These volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs. At the plant sale you'll find thousands of plants available for sale and have an opportunity to talk with Master Gardener’s about your garden needs.
- Ask a Master Gardener
- Ask a Compost Specialist
- Ask a Master Food Preserver
- Local Garden Groups
- Adaptive Gardening
- Sustainable Landscaping
- Kid’s Corner
- Recycled Garden Art
- Gently used books and magazines
- Master Gardener Journals
- Bake Sale
- Silent Auction (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
Plants on sale include:
- Perennials & Annuals
- Bulbs & Tubers
- Ground Covers
- Vegetables , including grafted tomatoes and heirlooms
- Trees & Shrubs
Come Make Pet Portraits, Reusable Shopping Bags and Rag Dolls/Dudes! Craft activities for children and adults using reclaimed materials including collage or 3D portraits of of your pet, sew a reusable shopping bag from spice bags, or create rag dolls and rag dudes out of old t-shirts. To find out more about MECCA visit www.materials-exchange.org.
Bicycle mechanics from Paul’s Bicycle Way of Life will be on hand to provide free bike check-ups and minor tune-ups. Grab your bike and pedal over to take advantage of this great offer – along with free, covered bike parking. One bike per person, please!
The Lane Regional Air Pollution Agency is offering FREE Vehicle Emissions testing in the EWEB parking lot at 4thAve. and Pearl Street. Bring your 1996 or newer vehicle and get a free diagnostic scan between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.larapa.org for more information.
LTD is offering free rides on all routes for the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 20th. Also, there will be an added shuttle between downtown, Saturday Market, and Earth Day Celebration's EWEB River Edge Plaza.
The Oregon League of Conservation Voters invites community members to their Reusable Bag, Shop and Swap, where grocery bags will be free to anyone -- to take one, drop one, or swap one! After May 1st, these reusable shopping bags will save Eugene shoppers 5 cents every time they use it! (not to mention reducing the pollution and waste caused by single-use disposable bags).
And if you already have plenty, please consider sharing -- bring down and donate reusable bags (clean and in good condition) to the Shop and Swap. All remaining bags will be donated to Food For Lane County.
Also, Several of the below Earth Action Arena Participants will be handing out reusable shopping bags to visitors.
2013 Earth Action Arena Participants
*Acupuncture of Eugene
*ARC of Lane County
*Basic Rights of Oregon
*Blue Sky Design
*Brahma Kumaris W.S.D.
*Circle of Children
*City of Eugene Waste Prevention & Green Building and Stormwater programs
*Democratic Party of Lane County
*Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN)
*Eugene Waldorf School
*EWEB Energy Management Services
*EWEB Water Conservation
*Feel So Alive
*Friends of Civic Stadium
*GreenLane Sustainable Business Network
*Green Solutions Printing
*Greenhill Humane Society & 1st Ave. Shelter
*Healthy Bees, Healthy Gardens
*Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane Co. (HACSA)
*KRVM Radio - Friends of KRVM
*Lane County Community Bill of rights
*Lane Community College - NW Water & Energy Education Institute
*Lane County Master Gardeners Association
*Lane County Master Recycler Program
*Lane Transit District (LTD)
*Many River Group - Sierra Club
*NABA – Eugene/Springfield
*NW Youth Corps
*OR League of Conservation Voters
*OSU Lane County Master Food Preservers
*Partners for Sustainable Schools
*point2point at Lane Transit District
*Redwood Northwest (2 booths)
*Siuslaw National Forest/Willamette National Forest
*Western Environmental Law Center
*Whole Earth Nature School
*Winter Green Farm
*WREN (Willamette Resources and Educational Network)