Friday, November 30, 2012

Help Raise Funds for Special Guest Speakers at Climate Crisis Conference

We are very excited to include in the conference voices not often heard in this area, including those of indigenous activists fighting at the front lines of climate change and more. To do so, we need to raise at least $2,000 for travel expenses. Can you help with donations in air miles or money? Please contact Debra at if you can help us make this happen!

We are hoping to bring the following speakers, but need to raise the money asap so we can purchase plane tickets!


Carl Wassilie is a Yu’pik biologist from Alaska and community organizer with Alaska’s Big Village Network. Carl will speak on the human rights implications of village/community relocation due to climate change, highlighting the Yup’ik village of Newtok which is the first community to intentionally relocate in the United States. The challenges of relocation are confounded with extractive resource industries threatening cultural survival and bioproductivity of whole global ecosystems. Learn more: Carl Wassilie on the "BP Oil Disaster and Exxon Valdez Spill" on Youtube.

Barney Bush is a Native American poet, author, musician and activist living in Southern Illinios and member of the Shawnee and Cayuga tribes. Considered a “critical author" in what literary critic Kenneth Lincoln has coined the “Native American Renaissance,” he is one of Native America’s most loved poets and humanitarians. Barney will share his poetry at the conference and will discuss the roots of the climate crisis from an indigenous spiritual perspective. Read more about Barney Bush.

Additional prospective speakers TBA . . . .

Again: Please contact Debra at if you can help with the fundraising effort!

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