Community Presentation at Keen: Where Do We Go From Here?
Thanks to the 100+ people that came out on Tuesday night and attended our first official community presentation. And a big thanks, of course, to Keen for hosting us in their space. Project Leader Mike Rosen presented some of our next steps, including taking part in Northwest Earth Institute’s Eco Challenge, participating in the upcoming Park(ing) day, continuing with fresh content right here on the website, producing a book-length comic and a short documentary piece as well as developing curriculum.
So how do you take part?
Engage with us. Leave a comment, follow us on Twitter, friend us on Facebook, send us a link… we need to get this conversation going and it can’t happen without your participation. Keeping in touch with us will also allow you to stay up to speed on everything that we’re working on. So be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter and keep a lookout for upcoming events and projects that you can take part in.
Spread the word. We have to start thinking and talking differently so that the people and places of the Gulf aren’t forgotten, and so that we create a better dialogue for our own communities moving forward.
Think proactively. Keen CEO James Curleigh was kind enough to speak at Tuesday’s event and he made a point of talking about how there are two ways of approaching disasters and catastrophes: retroactively and proactively. Yes, it’s important to give assistance to those devastated by catastrophes, but we can’t always live in reaction mode. Part of finding a solution to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is taking a look at our everyday lives and figuring out how we can make personal changes that help us live more in balance with nature and decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to take part in NWEI’s Eco Challenge – because all of our individual choices do add up, and you can start taking action NOW.