Whether it’s dwindling drinking water supplies or extreme weather events, many of the impacts of climate change people will experience in their daily lives are connected to the water cycle. It’s daunting to think about local efforts making a difference with complex global challenges like climate change, but environmentalist author Rebecca Wodder and Executive Director Arthur Johnson of the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development contest that when it comes to water issues, grassroots community action can often be the most effective.
Wodder and Johnson warn that our heavy reliance on water resources for electricity and infrastructure put us acutely at risk, and invite us to a conversation about developing sustainable solutions for coastal cities that work with nature rather than against it. Join us for encouraging stories and strategies for community-driven resilience projects such as rain gardens and waterway and wetland restoration—and learn how these projects bring communities together with a sense of purpose to protect and improve the places they call home.
Wodder and Johnson will be joined on stage by Patti Southard, Program Manager for King County’s “GreenTools” Program and Jill Mangaliman, Executive Director at Got Green, to provide a local context for the “Community Resilience” model of organizing.
Rebecca Wodder is a writer and speaker who has been advocating on watershed and water resource resiliency for four decades. Arthur Johnson is the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, a New Orleans organization focused on sustainability, community education, and civic development. Patti Southard is the program manager for “GreenTools” green building program in King County Washington, and she provides technical assistance for the County’s LEED, Living Building Challenge, and Built Green initiatives. Jill Mangaliman is a Seattle-based queer Filipino-American community organizer, and Executive Director of the grassroots community Got Green organization.