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Why We Can Still Build a Thriving Future (and Easy Ways to Help)

Why We Can Still Build a Thriving Future (and Easy Ways to Help)

Mary DeMocker, Finalist for Oregon Book Award

Saturday July 27th, 6:30pm

The 2018 UN climate report gave humanity only 12 years to slash our carbon emissions nearly in half and transition to clean energy, or face irreversible climate tipping points. Many people now despair over our prospects, especially given the current political leadership, and don’t know how to help turn things around. Author Mary DeMocker will share ways we can feel empowered in the fight for a healthy planet while deepening connections to our families and community. You’ll leave her lecture with at least three easy ways busy people can help change our system, and not just our light bulbs.

Mary DeMocker’s book, The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution (foreword by Bill McKibben), is a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Award, and has been featured on Yale Climate Connections and recommended in The New York Times. DeMocker is the co-founder and former creative director of 350 Eugene, with whom she designed and co-led youth-centered protests featured on PBS NewsHour, ArtCOP21, and in an Avaaz video shown to world leaders entering Paris climate talks. She speaks frequently about creative engagement in climate justice and has written for many publications, including The Sun, Spirituality & Health, The Oregonian, USA TODAY Magazine, and Common Dreams. For photos of her interactive art and links to articles, visit

Praise for The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep 

  • “I love Mary DeMocker’s advice: Now is the time to climb hills – and the steps of the capitol — with our kids. We must make our governments serve our young people.” 
  • Dr. James Hansen, former director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.  “For the love of children and our planet, devour this essential book . . .”
  • Julia Olson, Executive Director of Our Children’s Trust and Lead Counsel in Juliana v. U.S.  "For anyone who needs a dose of hope.” - Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods