Join us Sunday, March 12th for live music from the Sunday Assembly band, inspiring sharing from your community, and a thought-provoking lecture by Rex Burkholder: author of "The Activist's Toolkit" and founder of the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition.
Oregon Knows The Secret To Fostering Pro-Conservation Majorities -- Get the Kids Outside
Among the many threats to our planet, one of the most serious is our citizenry’s declining awareness of our natural world and how it works. How can we expect young people to care about this amazing world without a chance to experience and learn--by getting muddy, by analyzing water quality, by measuring the height and carbon content of trees--about the world they live in? In the famous words of Baba Dioum, “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." Our ability to solve present and future environmental crises, such as changing climate, the loss of plant and animal species, food insecurity, water resource depletion and soil degradation, all depend upon immersing our children in nature and giving them the tools to understand the forces that govern this planet.
Child care: provided in the Wonder Club 10:45am - 12:45pm. Parents, see details here: http://www.sundayassemblypdx.org/wonder_club
Food Drive: Each month, we can "help often" by supporting Team Relief with a food donation. Please bring donations of unexpired, unopened, canned or packaged food items to the donation table before the Assembly begins. Food items will be used to support those in our community who are in need.
About the Speaker:
Trained as a biologist, Rex Burkholder worked as a science teacher and in the Northwestern forests. He started the bicycling revolution in Portland, Oregon as a founder and policy director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. His current project is leading an effort to get kids outside to learn, beginning with restoring Outdoor School for All Oregon children. An early leader in sustainability and equity, Burkholder also co-founded the Coalition for a Livable Future, bringing together over 100 diverse NGOs in the greater Portland region. He was a member of the Metro Council from 2000-2012, where he led efforts to reform regional transportation policy and to integrate climate change into the decisions of all levels of government in Oregon. He has served on key task forces as well as national boards including Rail~volution and the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. Recipient of numerous local awards, his work has been recognized internationally as well, being invited to speak in countries throughout Latin America on sustainable transportation and climate change. He was honored in 2010 as a Global Ambassador for Ciclovia, an international movement to reclaim cities from the automobile. His book, The Activist’s Toolkit (2015), is highly praised for it’s creative approach to leadership, helping many around the world be more effective community activists. He blogs about transportation, urban livability and climate change at www.gettingto2100.org. As a volunteer, Rex founded the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition in 2014. He is currently leading a statewide campaign to raise $22 million annually for Outdoor School in Oregon.
Rex Burkholder founded two successful Portland non-profit organizations. Elected to the Metro Council he served three terms. His book, The Activist’s Toolkit (2015), is highly praised for it’s creative approach to leadership, helping many around the world be more effective community activists. He blogs about transportation, urban livability and climate change at www.gettingto2100.org. As a volunteer, Rex founded the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition in 2014. He is currently leading a statewide campaign to raise $22 million annually for Outdoor School in Oregon.
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