“Nature has a way of reminding us that it has its own rules and it’s bigger than our rules. It invites us to talk.”
—John Boonstra, Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network
The Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River, a highway for fossil fuels, is drawing numerous proposals for on site export terminals and pipelines. Collectively, these plus the smattering of other proposals elsewhere in the region would carry as much carbon annually as five Keystone XL pipelines (Sightline Institute).
John Boonstra, a life-long ecumenical minister, now works with the Columbia River Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN.org). In June 2012, John Boonstra and his wife Rev. Vicky Stifter, also a pastor in Hood River, were reading Bill McKibben’s article in Rolling Stone on the terrifying math of climate change. “One of us needs to quit what we’re doing and work on this full time,” they agreed. John turned to Vicky and said, “I’m 62 and you’re 51. I think it should be me.” John jumped into climate work. Read more