The February 16, 2013, Climate Crisis Summit in Chicago will be a full-day working conference that will provide each participant with specific take-aways in three areas:
• How can I make sense of this? What responses are commensurate with the depth of this crisis? The science is clear; what IS blocking efforts to address the urgency?
• Which approaches to bringing about change make sense to me, and how will I be involved in the days ahead? How can I get involved with key activist groups and make a real contribution?
• We need to build a movement — how can I help get the word out and engage others?
8:30 am Registration
9:00 am Welcome
9:15 am Keynote Presentation: Climate Crisis: The Science & The Impact Today
10:30 am Panel Discussion: The Roots of the Problem
Lunch (provided) – noon
1:00 pm Breakout sessions: Approaches for taking action
2:45 pm How will we expand the community: Social Media and Upcoming Events
4:15 pm Closing
Event concludes at 5 pm
FULL CONFERENCE DETAILSMorning Plenary
Keynote Presentation: Climate Crisis Science: Prof Mark Potosnak, Environmental Science Program at DePaul University, will present the science of climate crisis. Carl Wassilie, a Yup’ik Alaskan involved in Alaska’s Big Village Network, will speak on the impact of climate crisis facing villages there right now.
Panel Discussion: The Roots of the Problem: A panel of speakers will examine underlying economic, political and philosophical roots of the climate crisis. The science is clear: what are the obstacles preventing action commensurate with the crisis? Speakers will address the capitalist economic and political system, the traditional Christian understanding of humanity’s relation to the earth, and the inheritance of colonial domination and the settler mindset.
Which approaches to bringing about change make sense to me, and how will I be involved in the days ahead? How can I get involved with key activist groups and make a real contribution? Moreover, we need to build a movement — how can I help get the word out and engage others?
• Divestment (with participating group 350.org)
• Pressuring Our Government (with participating groups Stop the Frack Attack on Illinois and others)
• Direct Action (with participating group Rainforest Action Network and others)
• Law and Environmental Activism (with participating group Kent Law chapter of NLG)
Register at: http://www.climatecrisischicago.blogspot.com/
$25 includes lunch
$10 student and low income , includes lunch
Please indicate on the registration form which breakout session you plan to attend, so that we can help the session leaders plan for active participation by size of group they will have attending.
Participating groups currently include:
• Citizens Act to Protect Our Water (CAPOW!)
• Chicago Chapter, World Can’t Wait
• Eco-Justice Collaborative
• Rainforest Action Network Illinois
• IIT Kent College of Law Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
• Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS)
• NW Indiana Veterans for Peace
• Occupy Kent
• Protect Chicago’s Water
• St. Luke’s of Logan Square, Social Justice Ministry
• Stop the Frack Attack on Illinois
• Wellington Ave. United Church of Christ (UCC)
Saturday’s Plenary Speaker Carl Wassilie
on NPR’s Worldview Thurs, Feb 14th at Noon!
Ground Zero for Climate Change: America’s First Climate Refugees
Indigenous peoples around the world who contributed the least to the climate crisis and who have the fewest resources to deal with it are being impacted the most. In Alaska 86% of Alaskan Native villages are threatened by flooding and erosion, and 31 Native villages are under imminent threat of relocation. Many of these remote, physically isolated coastal and riverine villages primarily depend upon subsistence fishing, hunting and gathering for food security and customary ways of life. Carl Wassilie, a Yup’iaq Eskimo, will share the complex multi-faceted impacts of permanent relocation of whole Alaska villages as a result of climate climate change (climigration). The challenges of climigration in Alaska are confounded by exploitative commercial fishing and mining industries which threaten the cultural survival and bioproductivity of whole global ecosystems in the region. To avoid further humanitarian catastrophes Wassilie argues that climigration must be addressed by institutional systems and legal structures for human rights protections to be in place. He will highlight the Yup’ik village of Newtok which is the first community to intentionally climigrate in the United States.
Carl Wassilie is a Yup’ik Alaskan, community organizer, and musician with a B.A. in biology who is deeply committed to his indigenous heritage and worldview that recognizes the sacredness of the air, land and water. He has been raising awareness on environmental issues since the catastrophic 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Carl is co-founder and community organizer with Alaska’s Big Village Network and has worked extensively on environmental sovereignty with Tribal Governments and communities in Alaska including the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council and the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council.
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