PO Box 13324, Olympia, WA 98508 info@thurstonclimateaction.org

Speakers’ Bureau

Topic: Climate Change

Activism: A Non-depressing Talk on Climate Change

Speaker: Lynn Fitz-Hugh
Audience: Adults, Students (middle, high, college),
Description: This is titled this way because it starts from the assumption of an audience that already understands climate is a problem and so does not present the “evidence”.  People often don’t want to go to climate presentations because they anticipate being depressed by it.  This one instead focuses on activism – on what you can do about Climate.

Contact: Lynn Fitz-Hugh, 206-713-0497

Impacts and Mitigation

Speakers: Members of the Climate Reality Project – Thurston County
Audience: Adults, Students (high school, college). We are available to give presentations and workshops to any group in the community, including neighborhood groups, faith groups, service organizations, government groups, health organizations and more. We can tailor a presentation to meet the needs of any group that wants to learn more about climate change, its impact on their specific concerns and what each of us can do to help mitigate the consequences.
Description: The Climate Reality Project – Thurston County, Wash. (CRP-TC) is a Speakers’ Bureau dedicated to educating communities on the threat of climate breakdown. Our goal is to activate local citizens who will join a mass campaign to demand the transition to 100% renewable sources of energy before it’s too late. We are comprised of climate activists who have been trained by The Climate Reality Project, as well as other concerned citizens who have joined our local chapter. Our mission is to amplify climate effort, plans and policy efforts in Thurston County through clear, powerful and inspiring communications. We partner with existing climate organizations to provide high quality, up-to-date, locally contextualized presentations and workshops that inform, connect and empower individuals and groups.
Contact: To schedule a speaker or learn more, contact Susan Woodward (susanwoodward4@gmail.com); Rhonda Hunter (rhon@olympus.net); or Connie Campbell (campbell.con55@gmail.com).

Local Action on Climate Change

Speaker: Tom Crawford
Audience:  Adults
Description: This presentation will talk about the local impacts of climate change, summarize key findings of the Thurston County Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, and provide recommendations for local action.

Contact: Tom Crawford, tom@thurstonclimateaction.org

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Topic: Food and Climate Change

Adopting a Whole Food Plant-Based Lifestyle: What’s good for you is good for the planet

Speaker: Lynn Reveal
Audience: Adults
Description: This presentation will explore links between chronic disease and the western diet; look at the scientific basis of a whole food plant-based lifestyle and disease prevention and reversal; and touch on the connection between animal-based diets and climate change.

Contact: Lynn Reveal, lynn.faroelink@gmail.com

The Food Challenge

Speaker: Lynn Fitz-Hugh
Audience: Adults, Students (middle, high, college)
Description: This is a presentation about Food and Climate. It challenges the audience to look at 4 areas: local food, organic food, plant based food and wasting less food as all solutions to climate and why.  Offers concrete things people can do and a lot of information people generally do not know about our current food system and its role in climate change.

Contact: Lynn Fitz-Hugh, 206-713-0497

Waste Less Food

Speaker: Thurston County Solid Waste Program
Description: The average American wastes 209 to 254 pounds of edible food each year. That is a huge waste of resources and costs a family of four about $130 a month. Yet most people don’t realize they waste that much.
Presentation for Adults: Learn how important the issue is and what you can do about it. We’d love to come speak to your business, church, or neighborhood association. Why not make it a potluck? We will adjust the presentation length to fit your needs (15–45 minutes). Call (360) 867-2491 or e-mail thurstonsolidwaste@co.thurston.wa.us.
Presentation for Students: Students can find out why it is so important to reduce the food we waste and how they can help their families make changes at home. Contact SolidWasteYouth@co.thurston.wa.us.
Resources:  Waste Less Food Tips, Videos
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Topic: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Thurston County

Speaker: Tom Crawford
Audience: Adults
Description: This presentation will discuss the latest estimates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within Thurston county conducted by Thurston Climate Action Team. It will include the principal activities which generate local GHGs (building energy, transportation, and other sources), the amount generated in each community, and how current emissions compare with previous years’ inventories. Finally, how current levels of GHG pollution compare with targets set recently by local governments will be discussed.
Contact:  Tom Crawford, tom@thurstonclimateaction.org
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Topic: Pets

The Carbon Pawprint: How Profoundly our Pets Impact the Planet and Climate Change – and Solutions to Decrease that Impact

Speaker: Tanya Holonko
Audience: Adults, Students (K-12, 4H, college)
Description: This presentation will discuss evidence of the impact that pet foods and products and vet care have on the environment; the discussion will focus on pet foods / diet / nutrition, and make comparisons between a healthy, planet friendly human diet and dog/cat diet; since Tanya has background and training in human, small animal, large animal and exotic animal nutrition and health, and can speak to the overall impact of a more earth friendly diet, be it vegan, vegetarian, or meat based. She will provide resources, and some recipes to get people thinking differently about how they feed and treat their pets. She can also talk about specific examples of the deleterious effects of domestic pets on wildlife and wild lands, and how to minimize / eliminate the effects.
Contact:  Tanya Holonko, tmhdvm@gmail.com
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Topic: Renewable Energy

Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom (the movie)

Speaker: Marianne Tompkins
Audience: student (middle, high, college), adult
Description: Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom takes us across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. These stories are proof that America does not need to choose between keeping our lights on and protecting our communities. Critically, Reinventing Power underscores the notion that we don’t have to sacrifice jobs for a clean environment. Supporting a clean energy future means building a better, more prosperous future for everyone. Over the film’s 50 minutes, you’ll meet people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry while exploring various aspects of the clean energy industry from innovation to installation. Short discussion after the movie led by Marianne Tompkins (optional).
Contact: Marianne Tompkins, 360.545.5229
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Topic: Social Change

Non-violent Social Change

Speaker: Lynn Fitz-Hugh
Audience: student (middle, high, college), adult
Description: This is designed to help people conceptualize change beyond lobbying as our only way to make change.  It draws on examples throughout history of non-violent campaigns that ranged from overthrowing a government to things like the civil rights movement.  It helps people notice the diversity of tactics people can take and also provides research on the effectiveness of these tactics that counter the prevailing belief that violence is the most effective way to make change.  I designed this after Trump was elected and feel it is increasingly important that progressive audiences know this information.
Contact: Lynn Fitz-Hugh, 206-713-0497