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Opening Keynote: “Our Climate, Our Future” Our Children’s Trust Lawsuit against the Federal Government

Coreal Riday White croppedCoreal Riday-White and youth plaintiffs, Our Children’s Trust
Friday, September 28, Keynote, 7:15-9:30pm

Youth are no longer content waiting for adults to combat the climate crisis. Twenty one youth from across the country have taken the leading greenhouse gas emitter, the US government, to court. Finding that "the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society," a federal judge gave the youth's case, "Juliana v US," the green light to go to trial. On October 29th, 2018, what some in the climate movement are calling the "trial of the century" will begin right here in Oregon, at the federal courthouse in Eugene! Coreal Riday-White is the Community Engagement Manger for Our Children's Trust, the organization supporting the youth plaintiffs, and will present on the legal and factual basis of the case, as well as what a win for the youth plaintiffs means for us all.

Coreal Riday-White received a B.A. in Community Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz, before going on to work as a mental health counselor and special education instructor for youth group homes in California and Oregon. After backpacking across both South and Central America, Coreal returned to school, earning a J.D. from the City University of New York, School of Law. While at CUNY, he completed the mediation clinic, mediating cases in Queens Civil and Small Claims and the EEOC. After law school Coreal and his wife moved to San Francisco, where Coreal joined a small civil litigation firm, primarily representing cities in connection with environmental claims. Coreal joined the OCT team in the Fall of 2015, primarily to manage the YouCAN program. In addition to managing OCT's YouCAN Program, Coreal heads our federal trial mobilization efforts and is our point person for individual and organizational partnerships. Now a father of two, and as eager as ever to discover a hidden trail or open ball field, Coreal is thrilled to be back living and working in Eugene.

Including: “Reluctant Radical” Documentary Film
Ken Ward croppedIn attendance: Ken Ward, Movie Protagonist

The Reluctant Radical follows Ken for a year and a half through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action that shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on October 11, 2016. The film reveals both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling- even if that means breaking the law. Ken Ward has no regrets, and his certainty leaves the audience to consider if he is out of touch with reality, or if it is the rest of society that is delusional for not acting when faced with the unsettling evidence that we are collectively destroying our world.

Director Lindsey Grayzel, co-producer Deia Schlosberg and cinematographer Carl Davis were three of four independent filmmakers to be arrested and charged with crimes for filming the activists on October 11, 2016. Their charges have been dropped, and they have joined forces to tell Ken’s story through this film.

* Introductions, audience participation and Q&A will be facilitated by Joshua Frankel, Program Coordinator of Partners for Sustainable Schools.


"Symphony for Nature" Film

Anne Flatte croppedAnne Flatte', Director/Producer
Saturday, September 29, 1:00-1:30

Note from your conference coordinator: Take a well-deserved break after lunch and join us for this beautiful and breathtaking film. You are sure to leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! I viewed this film at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April and couldn't wait to share it with all of you. With over 130 musicians, including the Britt Orchestra, Klamath drummers and talented vocalists, clips of the rehearsals and the performance take place at the edge of Crater Lake - Oregon's precious natural, spiritual resource and its one and only national park. An uplifting and rich experience, with amazing historic photographs from Peter Britt set to the contemporary score, you'll be ready to dive back into conference sessions feeling joyful and inspired!

 Assessing Equity in Environmental Education

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Tonya McLean and James Sterrett, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership 
Saturday, September 29, 1:00-1:30pm

As an environmental educator, have you wondered “How many of our students receive environmental education each year? Which schools aren’t receiving class lessons and field trips? Are we serving all communities equally?”. To help answer these questions and more The Estuary Partnership has developed a new tool that will highlight our regional environmental efforts and lead to a better understanding of the distribution of environmental education programs in the Portland metro area. Join us for the unveiling of our GIS map of environmental equity and a lively discussion on how this tool can help your organization goals and how we can refine and improve this tool. We hope the GIS map will promote greater equity in ducation programming.

 James Sterrett  James Sterrett has been an Environmental Educator with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership since 2012 delivering classroom, on-river, and field programs, service learning projects, and weekend volunteer tree plantings. James has been teaching experiential, place-based programs for the past 20 years and has an M.A. in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College, a B.A. from Earlham College in Geology and is a licensed elementary teacher in Oregon.

Tonya McLean  Tonya McLean joined the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership in 2012 as an Environmental Educator. Tonya has extensive experience in the environmental field including biological research, public outreach, and communication for programs that seek to balance human needs with environmental health. Tonya earned an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland and has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Portland State University.


Keynote: “As It Is Above; It is Below-Kapemni Doorways in the Night Sky”

Annette Lee NEW croppedProfessor Annette Lee, Department of Physics and Astronomy – St. Cloud State University
Sunday, September 30, 9:00-10:15am

Presented here will be indigenous teachings involving constellations such as: Blue Spirit
Woman-To Win/Tun Win, Maang-Loon, and The Hole in the Sky-Bugonagiizhig, from the North
American tribes: Ojibwe, D/Lakota, and Ininew. These familiar stars of the Northern
Hemisphere night skies have important teachings that embody the crucial relationship between
the Sky-above, the Earth-below, and our part at this doorway.

Annette S. Lee is an astrophysicist, artist and the Director of the Native Skywatchers research
and programming initiative with three decades of experience in education as a teacher, university
instructor, teacher educator, program administrator, professional visual artist, and researcher.
The overarching goal of Native Skywatchers is to communicate the knowledge that indigenous
people traditionally practiced a sustainable way of living and sustainable engineering through a
living and participatory relationship with the above and below, sky and earth. We hope to inspire
all people to have a rekindling or deepening sense of awe and personal relationship to the


The Ecosystem of Outdoor Education: Exploring our Connections through Outdoor Education

Bethany Shetterly Thomas, ECO - Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors
Sunday, September 30, 9:00-10:15am

The Oregon Environmental Literacy Program (OELP) positions Oregon as a national environmental education leader by fostering environmental literacy at every grade level, K-12. What a lucky position for our students to be in, and what a great opportunity for us as EEAO members to support them.

With limited state funding available for the OELP, our organizations and foundations work together to help make the OELP substantial and meaningful. In working together, we are capable of bringing the students of Oregon outstanding experiences in and about nature. In order to better work together, we need to better know each other. There are so many hidden needs and resources amongst our own EEAO community. By getting to know each other and our organization’s better, we can better partner with one another, to provide outstanding environmental education opportunities for the students and teachers of Oregon.

In this session, we will all share about ourselves, as well as our organization’s needs, resources and hopes and plans for the future. In developing our understanding of one another, we will build and strengthen relationships - the foundation of strong partnerships. In addition to conversation, I will share some research, for background, on networks. This session will include indoor and outdoor activities, beginning with the “Natural Networks” activity outdoors followed by a “Rapid Collaboration” exercise indoors, where participants can openly share their needs and ideas, and respond to the needs and ideas of others.

Bethany Shetterly Thomas, a native Oregonian, was inspired to pursue environmental education through her own experiences in Outdoor School. In 2005, Bethany co-founded Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO), a nonprofit, inspiring elementary school students to connect to the natural world through hands-on ecology experiences. To date, ECO has served over 20,000 students. Bethany is an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow and alumni of Oregon Environmental Council’s Emerging Leaders Board.

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