Megan is a parent, mental health counselor, parent educator, and climate justice activist in Seattle, Washington. Megan brings her training and experience in perinatal mental health and trauma sensitive care to support families and young people in understanding and responding to the climate crisis with emotional responsiveness, empowerment, civic engagement, and whole family well being. *co-founder firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather is a parent, climate scientist, climate justice activist, chemistry professor and researcher in Seattle, Washington. She has a PhD in Chemistry and conducted her post-doctoral atmospheric chemistry research with the University of Washington Program on Climate Change. Her current National Science Foundation research project, Climate Justice in Undergraduate STEM Incorporating Civic Engagement (C-JUSTICE), focuses on improving undergraduate STEM education through the integration of climate justice, equity, and civic engagement across the humanities, arts, and STEM curriculum. *co-founder email@example.com
Daniel Masler is a psychologist in Woodinville, WA. He's a former investigative journalist and magazine editor with a keen interest in understanding how we can respond to the social, structural, and cultural forces contributing to climate change. He has a long history of engagement with social justice and environmental causes, including working to save forests, and with refugees from Haiti, El Salvador, and Guatemala. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology, and Master of Library & Information Science from University of Washington. He has worked as a public librarian serving young people, and as the academic library director at Antioch University Seattle. He's presently writing on how the sense of self changes for young people with growing awareness of climate change. *co-founder firstname.lastname@example.org
A renowned singer known by his first name alone, Raffi was a pioneer in quality recordings for children on his independent label, Troubadour. For millions of fans, Raffi’s music was the soundtrack of their childhoods, and they took his signature song “Baby Beluga” to heart. These “beluga grads” now share his award-winning music with their own children. In a career spanning five decades, Raffi has refused all commercial endorsement offers and has never taken part in advertising to children, and in 2006 was awarded the Fred Rogers Integrity Award for this work.
Raffi is a music producer, author, entrepreneur and ecology advocate, and in 2010, founded the Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring—an integrated philosophy that views honoring children as the best way to create sustainable, peacemaking cultures. Raffi has received the Order of Canada, the Order of BC, the U.N. Earth Achievement Award, and four honorary degrees. His recent works includes the CD Motivational Songs, a collection of diverse songs for educators, and a rousing climate strike song called “Young People Marching.” in honor of teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and the millions of young people she has inspired.
Ikran Elmi is a climate activist who is interested in elevating youth of color voices and underserved communities. She has worked on a few projects like the Seattle Public School Resolution 2020/21-18 and a climate justice and community focused STEM Teaching Tool with Ti'esh Harper, Heather Price, and Megan Slade. Ikran is a member of the NAACP Youth Coalition where she focuses on sharing climate justice, climate impacts and educating information. Ikran is currently pursuing her degree in Public Health at the University of Washington.
Claire Richards is a nursing scientist and climate activist, and a member of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility Climate Action Task Force, the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Climate Change Committee, the Nurses Climate Challenge, and an environmental justice task force in Spokane, WA.
Claire is interested in palliative care and how health systems can better support vulnerable populations in the face of an accelerating climate crisis. Right now, Claire is focusing her work on emergency management of power outages and concurrent environmental exposures, such as extreme heat and wildfire smoke.
Elizah D is a Youth Climate Activist and Climate Reality Project Leader in Seattle, WA. She is the host of the podcast “How to Save the Planet” where she interviews people whose passions and professions have to do with climate change. Elizah is a part of Climate Action Families and The Climate Reality Project King County Chapter. She is one of the Podcast Team leads for The Climate Reality Project King County Chapter, and co-hosts a podcast for them called “Climate ChangeMakers” Elizah@TalkClimate.org
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Diana is a climate scientist and climate justice activist in Seattle, Washington. She works as a climate scientist with Rhodium Group, an independent research firm, and with the Climate Impact Lab, a consortium of climate scientists and economists working to estimate the economic costs of climate change. Her current work focuses on modeling physical and economic climate impacts and making climate change projections useful and publicly available. Diana has a PhD in computational hydrology. She served as the first graduate communications fellow for the Northwest Climate Science Center during her doctoral work.
Austin is a core team lead for Sunrise Movement's national video network where he helps train young climate activists and filmmakers. Austin organizes with 350 Seattle as an Artful Activism lead, sparking interest, conversation and action through banners, installations, music, photography and film. At WWU, Austin discovered his passion for the environment, incorporating it into his studies, and Standing Rock truly galvanized him. He and fellow students came back from Oceti Sakowin with ideas for a climate organization, Students for the Salish Sea. It grew quickly from just a few students in Bellingham to a coalition of student groups across the US and Canada.
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Andrew is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and co-Director of North Seattle Therapy & Counseling, where he specializes in climate-informed therapy. He is also the founder of Climate & Mind (www.climateandmind.org), a project dedicated to gathering and disseminating resources related to climate psychology to clinicians, the media, and the public. As part of this project, he has provided lectures and seminars on climate mental health, and has been interviewed and featured in a range of newspaper articles, television stories, and podcasts about climate psychology.
Leslie is a Marriage and Family Therapist bringing thirty years of clinical experience to the emerging field of Climate Psychology. She works as an educator/consultant to institutes recognizing the benefits of behavioral research for cultural shifts and policy change. She is the author of four books, including Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change (for mental health clinicians) and All the Feelings Under the Sun (for middle school kids). Leslie has worked at Ground Zero on disaster mental health teams and is on faculty with the California Institute of Integral Studies. www.lesliedavenport.com
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Talk Climate is a program of Climate Action Families a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Climate Action Families provides a way for the entire family to work together, in community, to explore and become proficient in climate justice work.
Our vision is a healthy planet, with clean air, water, and food for all. We help each other develop our skills to make us better advocates, family members, and community members so we can achieve our vision, live the lives we desire, and ensure the skills are passed on to future generations.
The Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to advancing Child Honouring as a universal ethic, an organizing principle for societal transformation.
Our mission is to advance Child Honouring as a universal ethic, an essential code of conduct for all to embrace. Child Honouring is a unifying vision by which societies can re-order their priorities—a central organizing principle for sustainable, peace-making cultures. Child Honouring is a unique social change revolution, one with the child at its heart. It is a positive vision that stresses “the primacy of early years” as key to activating the powerful potential of our species for lifetimes of positive outcomes. Our work is aligned with the UN Convention On the Rights Of The Child and with the Earth Charter: co-creating a world fit for children and, thus, sustainable for all. Respecting Earth and Child, Child Honouring is an integrated vision for simultaneously restoring our planet and building community. The heart of this vision is expressed in Raffi’s poetic Covenant For Honouring Children and its 9 Principles.