Spearheaded by members of the Anacortes community, the People’s Climate Conference is a space for folks to come together and to participate in the conversation. A place where we can start talking about what a post-fossil fuel based economy is going to look like – for Anacortes and for all of us. Workshops, presentations and performances will occur at the Transit Shedlocated here.


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6:30 - 7:30pm : Welcome to The People’s Climate Conference

We will hear from a variety of speakers on the many issues that will be raised throughout the People’s Climate Conference, from the global picture of a renewable future, to what a renewable energy future might mean to the Anacortes community, to a global perspective of Climate Justice and a few words on why so many tens of thousands of people around the globe believe that the Break Free actions are essential.

7:30 - 8:30pm : Climate Monologues, performed by Sharon Abreu

“The Climate Monologues,” link, is a one-woman musical show about climate change. It brings to life onstage the stories of real people in the U.S. and around the world – people affected by climate change, and people working to solve the climate crisis. Their stories are told in their own words and through original songs that complement the stories.

8:30 - 9:30pm : Live musical performance from Dana Lyons

Dana Lyons, link, is a folk music and alternative rock musician from Bellingham, Washington. His songs include The Great Salish Sea and Cows with Guns

Women of Color Speak Out

Electrified rail artwork from the Steel Interstate Coalition


10:00 - 11:00am : High Incidences of Cancer in 98221: Cause for Concern? with Jan Woodruff

Jan Woodruff is a retired cancer researcher and Anacortes resident. Here she will discuss results of a community (98221) cancer study commissioned by citizen scientists of the Community Environmental Health Assessment (CEHA) Task Force and what it might mean for the Anacortes community. A moderated community discussion will follow.

11:00 - 12:00am : Oceans, Estuaries and Climate Change: How to ensure hopeful and productive conversations with Susan Wood

Susan Wood is a Fidalgo Island resident and an environmental educator at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. She recently completed a NSF funded training offered by the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation led by the New England Aquarium in Boston.

12:00 - 1:00pm : Lunch
1:00 - 2:00pm : To be confirmed
2:00 - 3:00pm : To be confirmed
3:00 - 4:00pm : Race and Climate workshop with Teresa Enrico, Yuko Hibino and Diane Shisk

Race and climate are inextricably linked. It is low-income countries, historically least responsible for driving climate change and predominantly in the global south, that are set to be hit hardest by the impacts of climate change. Meanwhile, wealthy nations, historically the greatest polluters and predominantly in the global north, are set to be more protected from the ravages of climate change. During this workshop, Teresa, Yuko and Diance will delve more deeply in to just how deeply entwined race and climate really are.

5:00 - 6:30pm : Community salmon dinner

Join us for the community salmon dinner.

6:30 - 8:30pm : People’s Climate Conference: Key Speakers

Plant for the Planet
In 2015., youth ambassadors from Plant for the Planet took the WA Department of Ecology to court for failing to protect their constitutional right to a healthy environment. They recently won their second hearing, when Judge Hollis-Hill ordered the WA. Dept. of Ecology to promulgate a carbon reduction rule by end of 2016. We will hear from three of these inspirational young leaders of the climate movement. Youth ambassador Aji Piper will also play a song or two.

Women of Color Speak Out
Women of Color Speak Out is a collective of four climate justice, racial justice, gender justice and intersectional movement activists that came together in 2015 in Seattle. The group seeks to educate the white male dominated climate movement on the intersectionality of the climate crisis and the systems of oppression that created it. Namely: racism, patriarchy, colonialism and capitalism.

KC Golden, Board President of
KC Golden is the Board President of, a national organization that has helped to drive the wave of Break Free actions around the globe

Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Jill is a physician and activist who was the nominee of the Green Party for President of the United States in the 2012 election. She is once again a candidate for the Green Party’s nomination in the 2016 election. In the 2012 Presidential, Jill received almost half-a-million votes, a figure she hopes to build on in November.

8:30 - 9:30pm : Luminary Procession for the Salmon

Join us for an inspiring and beautiful luminary procession carrying hand made salmon windsocks, earth lanterns, and other luminaries down Commercial Avenue. This event will leave from the Transit Shed at 830 and be led by Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner playing his Coast Salish Native American flute music for the healing of the Salish Sea and Mother Earth. There may also be a luminary display from the water too.

Matt Petryni of Re-Sources


9:30 - 11:30am : Electric Vehicle Show Outside of the Transit Shed
10:30 - 11:30am : Climate Justice Sermon

Join us for a very special Sunday sermon, written by member of the Delta 5 and climate activist, Abby Brockway, this sermon will focus on Climate Justice

1:00 - 4:00pm : Community Discussion: What Does A Just Transition Look Like For Anacortes?

Led by members of the Anacortes community this will be a series of one hour discussions based around the question: What Does A Just Transition Look Like For Anacortes? Whether you are a lifelong climate activist, or have never before engaged with the question of what Anacortes will look like in a post-fossil fuel age, we hope that you are able to join us for this important community discussion.

1:00 - 2:00pm : Solutionary Rail: Working for Railroad Solutions that Benefit Communities

Solutionary Rail, link, is a community-led campaign to bring high-powered, renewable railroads to the forefront of America’s future. By moving both freight and passengers to renewably powered railroads we can both reduce carbon emissions and create more livable communities. Come and find out how.

2:00 - 3:00pm : Living with Clarity and Courage in a Warming World with Evelyn Adams

Anacortes climate activist, Evelyn Adams, will give an inspiring talk on how to maintain clarity and courage as we continue in the struggle for a livable planet.

3:00 - 4:00pm : Mobilization for 100% Renewables: We Can Do This. And We Must.

Patrick Mazza is was a founding member of Climate Solutions, is now a board member of 350 Seattle and is a full-time climate researcher and writer. Come and find out how we are ready to make the shift to 100% renewables now

4:00 - 5:00pm : Force of Nature: Tools for Activists in Fossil Fuel Resistance with Matt Petryni of Re-Sources for Sustainable Communities

Re-Sources, link, Matt Patryni will give this one hour workshop on where do we go from here. Here is a great place to come to figure out the next steps as we work together for a cleaner, healthier future for us all.

5:00 - 6:00pm : Farewell from the People’s Climate Conference

Jan Woodruff, Anacortes resident and retired cancer researcher.

Tesoro Refinery

Together with the Shell Refinery close by -- the largest point source of carbon pollution in Washington State. Refining 47% of all the gas and diesel in the NW.

Shell Refinery

Together with the Tesoro Refinery close by -- the largest point source of carbon pollution in Washington State. Refining 47% of all the gas and diesel in the NW.

Deception Pass Campgrounds


Anacortes Transit Shed

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Seafarer's Park

Westside Park and Ride for March Point