On a sunny Monday evening in August, I was standing in a large conference room at Central Lutheran Church. Volunteers were busily painting, hammering and assembling signs for the September 8th Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice Rally. I was speaking with a founding member of 350PDX’s Arts and Events Team, Barbara Ford. She said, “We can’t have a monoculture of activism,” explaining that people bring different gifts in the creation of a robust activist community.
It was a perfect quote to start to my research for this blog post. I would spend the next few days participating in different events from 350PDX’s calendar. Over the course of my experience, I realized that there are definitely a wide variety of ways to participate and talents to utilize in the growing climate movement.