Climate Crisis Workshop

Our first climate workshop was a big success. On February 15, 2020, the Climate Action Team and UUC hosted a gathering of 120 concerned people from within the congregation and beyond.

Below is the schedule we put together for the workshop. You can also access the files that presenters used in the breakout sessions.:


8:30 a.m. – Doors open

Coffee, tea, muffins in Nathan Johnson Hall

Opening Session – Sanctuary

9:00 a.m. – Welcome

Rev. Jon Luopa, Sr. Minister University Unitarian Church

9:10 a.m. Panel Discussion

Moderator: Stevan Harrell
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My primary professional interests while I was actively employed lay in building collaborations between earth scientists and social scientists to understand better how people relate to their environments, and to using the knowledge from these collaborations to help local people solve local problems.
In retirement, I continue to be interested in collaborative research and writing, and particularly in seeing what can be done to improve relationships between university scholars and both rural and Native communities.

Andrea Axel, Executive Director, Spark Northwest
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Andrea is passionate about bringing clean energy to the Pacific Northwest and partnering with communities experiencing inequity to develop solutions. Prior to joining Spark Northwest Andrea directed a statewide social justice grant program at the Legal Foundation of Washington. She is an attorney who has represented multinational corporations and also low-income families seeking affordable housing. Andrea is experienced advocating for systemic change, building public-private partnerships and bringing communities together to align strategy around common goals. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and her B.A. from Stanford University. She is also a graduate of the Equal Justice Leadership Academy, which hones advocacy skills to address racism and poverty. A native of Oregon and long-time Seattle resident, Andrea loves exploring the region. On weekends you might find her hiking in the Cascades, walking her dog on Alki Beach or sampling a fresh hops brew in Eastern Washington.

Jill Mangaliman, Executive Director, Got Green Seattle
Show BioJill is a queer Filipino-American community organizer, born and raised in Seattle. Thanks to Federal Pell Grants, Jill graduated from the UW as a student in Human Geography. For six years they organized in local and national campaigns involving health care equity, immigrant rights and protecting social services. In 2009 they joined Got Green as part of the City Weatherization Program. Here, they stepped into leadership, from founding board member to lead organizer, and played an instrumental role in the formation and strategy of the Food Access Team. They became the Executive Director in 2014 after a two-year leadership transition. In their spare time, they enjoy singing karaoke, cooking, and making things.
Seattle Magazine, 2017 Seattle’s Most Influential People:
“Ultimately, though, the goal for Mangaliman and other climate justice activists is a wholesale transformation of the economy, from one based on fossil fuels to one that is sustainable and provides viable living-wage jobs for people of color and other marginalized workers. It’s a big lift—one that involves first acknowledging that the traditional environmental movement has excluded many of those most impacted by climate change. Fortunately, Mangaliman isn’t afraid of starting uncomfortable conversations.”

Eileen Quigley, Clean Energy Transition Institute
Show BioEileen V. Quigley is Founder and Executive Director of the Clean Energy Transition Institute, which promotes strategies to achieve deep decarbonization and accelerate the transition from fossil fuel to clean energy, with particular focus on the low-carbon pathways, urban carbon pollution reduction, and clean energy economics.
Eileen spent seven years at Climate Solutions identifying the transition pathways off oil and coal to a low-carbon future in Washington and Oregon. She built and led the New Energy Cities program, which partners with Northwest communities to reduce carbon emissions through climate-smart, clean energy solutions, helping develop strategies for 22 Northwest cities and counties.
As Director of Strategic Innovations, Eileen oversaw New Energy Cities, as well as Sustainable Advanced Fuels, which worked to accelerate the development of advanced low-carbon fuels for aviation, marine, and fleets and the Northwest Biocarbon Initiative, which aimed to demonstrate the role that natural systems play in reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Eileen has been a civic leader in the Puget Sound, running the Municipal League of King County and serving on numerous Puget Sound nonprofit boards and civic taskforces. She currently serves on the board of Stockholm Environment Institute-US as well as the advisory board of the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington.
Eileen received her Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University in 1983 and her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Yale University in 1980.

Andrea Rodgers, Senior Litigation Attorney, Our Children’s Trust (Juliana v. United States)
Show BioAfter graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998 and the Arizona State University School of Law in 2001, where she served as co-executive editor of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology, she clerked for the Hon. John C. Gemmill on the Arizona Court of Appeals. She has served as an Honors Attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation, In-House Legal Counsel for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, and Staff Attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center. Her environmental law practice focuses on reducing pollution from industrial agricultural operations, protecting and enhancing instream flows for people and fish, and fighting climate change on behalf of young people and future generations. Andrea is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Tenth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Northern California, the Snoqualmie Tribal Court, the Lummi Indian Nation Tribal Court and the Muckleshoot Tribal Court.
In 2016, Seattle Met Magazine recognized her legal work representing youth in the Washington climate change case in King County Superior Court against the Washington Department of Ecology (Foster v. Ecology), and named her part of their “Perfect Party,” which includes the “month’s most interesting locals and newsmakers.” Andrea is Senior Attorney at Our Children’s Trust, where she serves as co-counsel on the constitutional youth climate lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana v. United States, and as lead counsel on the constitutional youth climate lawsuits against the state of Washington, Aji v. State of Washington, and the state of Florida, Reynolds v. State of Florida.

Break 10:20 – 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

2020 Visions for a Clean Energy Future – Knatvold

Jill Eikenhorst, Project Manager, Spark Northwest
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JAs a project manager with Spark Northwest, Jill manages and delivers clean energy education and deployment programs and works with utilities to fund community clean energy projects. She holds
certifications in sustainable energy, grantwriting, and strategic communications. Her previous experience includes coordinating community education programs on sustainability topics such as Passive House construction and a brief stint as an energy auditor. While she doesn’t have a roof suitable for solar, Jill owns a share in her local community solar project.

Bill Moyer, Co-author, Solutionary Rail and Executive Director, Backbone Campaign
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Bill Moyer of Vashon Island WA, co-founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 with friends from an artist affinity group. He has dual and intersecting paths as both an activist and artist. Backbone Campaign has been a vehicle for much growth and Bill has emerged as a leader in the theory and practice of “artful activism.” He designs and produces creative political actions and provides trainings in grand strategy and creative tactics around the country.
Solutionary Rail describes a people-powered campaign to electrify America’s railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future. Rail, unique among forms of mass transportation, can easily be electrified. Because electricity is increasingly coming from clean sources such as sun and wind, rail has the potential to serve as a clean and reliable form of transportation while invigorating communities along the way. The Solutionary Rail book proposes overhead rail electrification, powered by renewable energy accomplished in conjunction with track modernization. This infrastructural investment will bring to the United States the reliable, electrified, higher-speed service now common on public railroads in Europe, Asia and elsewhere.

State & Local Climate Action: Get Plugged In – Channing

Joe Fitzgibbons, State Rep. 34th District & Chair, House Environment & Energy Committee
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Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon was elected to represent the 34th Legislative District in 2010. He chairs the House Environment & Energy Committee and sits on the Appropriations Committee, the Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Committee on Energy Supply & Energy Conservation. He also chairs the Select Committee for Pension Policy. Prior to his election, Joe served as a legislative staffer and as the Chair of the Burien Planning Commission.
Joe has sponsored and helped to enact laws reducing Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electricity, refrigeration, and buildings; improving marine habitat protections for salmon, orcas, and forage fish; and promoting smart growth and transit-oriented communities. He has also helped increase funding for transit and promoted criminal justice reforms to right the wrongs committed in the war on drugs.
His awards include 2015 “Legislator of the Year” by Washington Conservation Voters, as well as the “Community Champion Award” from Futurewise, a nonprofit organization focused on smart land use laws.

Court Olson, Co-founder, People for Climate Action (King County)
Show BioWith degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction management, I’ve pursued a career in overseeing the design and construction of Northwest commercial buildings for four decades. Since the formation of the U.S. Green Building Council, I’ve been advocate for smart and energy efficient buildings. For nearly two decades, I’ve been researching climate change and advocating for actions to mitigate our collective greenhouse gas emissions. A very high percentage of those emissions are attributable to the buildings we inhabit and how we travel to and from them.

Keith Ervin, People for Climate Action (Seattle), Member and Retired Staff Reporter, Seattle Times
Show BioKeith Ervin became active in the climate justice movement retiring from The Seattle Times, where he was a reporter. As a member of People for Climate Action – Seattle, he has worked to understand Seattle’s existing climate action plan, and to lobby for a stronger, more comprehensive plan that will include an emerging Green New Deal for Seattle. Keith is a founding member of Interfaith Climate Action – First Hill (a collaboration between Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue and Seattle First Baptist Church) and a founding member of Faith Action Climate Team (FACT), which provides a platform for people of faith to address the climate emergency.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint –Frazee

Dr. Cynthia Ervin (testimonial)
Show BioCindy Ervin is a recently retired clinical psychologist, living in northeast Seattle with her husband, Keith, who’s here too, speaking in another workshop. Their adult children and two grandchildren live nearby, a fact often cited when people say they’re lucky that they don’t have to fly to see them (spoiler alert). Cindy was already learning more and becoming increasingly concerned about the climate crisis when the Taming Bigfoot competition began. She decided to find out about the impact of her own life on the climate. The results have had a profound impact on her life journey.

Robin Briggs, co-creator of calculator
Show BioRobin Briggs worked as a software developer for many years at Adobe Systems. Since then she has been busy with various climate-related projects including Taming Bigfoot, which gives people a way to track their carbon footprint, using a smartphone app or on the web. We all know we are contributing to climate change, but most of us really don’t know which of the choices we make really matter, and which are less important. By tracking your impact on a day to day basis, you can better understand what your contribution is, and reduce your footprint by eliminating those things that aren’t crucial to you.

Climate Activists Speak; What They Can Teach Us – Emerson

Michael Foster, Valve Turner activist
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Michael Foster, a Unitarian Universalist from Seattle, is a passionate activist for climate justice. He founded Plant for the Planet in 2013, and was a cofounder of 350 Seattle. In 2016, he joined a group of climate activists who became known as the “value turners” to shut off the Keystone XL Pipeline. For this action, he was sentenced to three years in prison (with two years deferred). Michael used media coverage of the sentencing to urge more people to take action to save the planet.
Today Michael has resumed his climate-related work. He is working with Fridays for Future, a group started by Greta Thunberg that is organizing climate strikes worldwide, and he is currently campaigning to have Washington State adopt a citizens’ assembly on climate, a major demand of the group Extinction Rebellion

Stacy Oaks, 350 Seattle
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Stacy Oaks began her climate work by organizing resistance to the proposed LNG fracked gas project in Tacoma. She is currently the 350 Seattle Team Lead for the Tacoma LNG work, and works with a coalition of indigenous leaders, organizations and grassroots groups on the issue. Through this work, Stacy is active in the Power Past Fracked Gas Coalition, and as a team lead for 350 Seattle’s maritime work group, she has been helping to form a coalition of people and organizations fighting the Port of Seattle’s planned cruise ship expansion at Terminal 46. In addition, Stacy also works with Protectors of the Salish Sea to get a Climate Emergency declared in WA state.

Caroline Heege, youth activist
Show BioCaroline Heege, co-president of Climate Action Youth, has been an effective climate advocate for much of her life and was recently featured in Seattle’s Child and Newsweek as she prepared for the global climate strike on September 20th. A graduate of the Plant for the Planet Washington Climate Justice Ambassador Academy, she has led many programs along the way.
She stepped into a leadership role this year both in CAY, and in Fridays for Future, which strikes at Seattle City Hall every Friday. She played a significant role in the planning of the Seattle event for the Global Climate Strike. Caroline is also Co-founder of the singing group “Save Your Breath” which will perform at the closing session of the UUC Climate Crisis workshop.

Climate Change Grief and Anxiety – King

Andrew Bryant, MSW, MPH, clinical social worker, Climate & Mind
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Andrew Bryant is a clinical social worker at North Seattle Therapy & Counseling, specializing in therapeutic work with adults, adolescents, and couples including work around climate-related anxiety and grief. In 2018, Andrew started Climate & Mind (, a project aimed at increasing awareness, understanding, and discussion of how the climate crisis impacts mental health and resiliency. Andrew has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington.

Sue Lenander, Co-Founder, Climate Action Families; Co-Founder, Plant for the Planet Washington
Show Bio For the past eight years, Sue Lenander has worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a medical assistant and three years prior worked at Hospice of Montana. She is also a local climate organizer committed to working with families and trained by Joanna Macy to facilitate grief circles called The Work that Reconnects.
Sue has co-founded Climate Action Families & Plant for the Planet Washington, attended Climate Reality Leadership training with Vice-President Al Gore and is a former board member of 350 Seattle. As a kayactivist, she participated in non-violent direct actions against Shell in Seattle and in Portland on the Willamette River; kayaked around Bill Gates’ house to encourage his foundation to divest from fossil fuels; “wore” a kayak in the 2016 Fremont Summer Solstice Parade street theater; and took part in Break Free.
Sue gives hopeful action oriented climate presentations to churches, schools and hospitals called “What Families Need to Know, and Can Do, About Climate Emergency.” Sue teaches the medicine for fear and anger around what is happening in the world right now is to build a supportive community and take climate recovery action.

Break 11:50 – 12:00

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.

Light Lunch in Nathan Johnson Hall

Resource Tables, Lower Level near entrance and Upper Level at top of stairs



Closing Session – Sanctuary

12:45 – 2:00 p.m. Climate Crisis: Call to Action

Facilitator: Justin Almeida, Seattle Veterans Administration Chaplain
Show BioJustin Almeida is a Seattle area chaplain, religious educator and public theologian serving at the Veterans Administration of Puget Sound, Harborview Medical Center, and King County Juvenile Detention Center. He is a candidate for ministry in the Unitarian Universalist tradition and has an intersectional background in television news media, computer technology, religion and non-profit leadership. He is passionate about restorative justice, alternative economies, and spiritual humanism and is currently exploring how psychospiritual care assists in healing trauma and moral injury. You can find more of his writing on his blog, Necessary but Not Sufficient at

Save Your Breath

12:45 p.m.    Welcome/Gratitude – Justin Almeida

12:50 p.m.   “Save Your Breath” – singing group co-founded by Caroline Heege, UUC teen

1:00 p.m.     Group exercise – Justin Almeida

Raging Grannies

1:30 p.m.     Raging Grannies, Seattle

1:40 p.m. “Note to Self: Commit to Action”

1:50 p.m. Popcorn

1:55 p.m.     Closing Words

2:00 p.m.      Adjourn