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Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11:30am through Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2pm
11:30am through Sunday, December 13 at 2pm
**Update** Monday's street theatre and rally was awesome. Thank you to everyone who participated, our thoughtful speakers, and especially Yohhei Sato for his inspiring performance as The Spotted Owl. Barkers will be bringing the forest to the Climate March this Saturday and hope to see you all - ALL - there! Bring your forest critter costumes! Details for the march are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/558850330947283/ Original Post: We will rally directly across from the Forest Service Headquarters in Downtown Portland. Meet four of the leading activists in the movement to protect our environment, educate us about the local effects of the changing climate, and put pressure on decision makers to affect real progress Karen Coulter - Project Director with Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, and the particular threats to the forests east of the Cascade Range. Brenna Bell - Staff Attorney with Bark, will inform us about the opportunities to strengthen protections for Mt. Hood National Forest and other west side forests. We are here with Mato Woksape - Indigenous activist with Idle No More. Maya Jarrad - Communications Organizer, 350PDX - this week of events with 350.org and world wide people's demonstrations for a carbon revolution. The timber industry is the second largest contributer of greenhouse gasses in Oregon and deforestation continues to accelerate the effects of global climate change around the world. Forest management policies in Oregon, including the Northwest Forest Plan - which outlines strongest environmental protections for old growth forests, endangered species, and watersheds ever implemented in this country- makes no mention of the value of forests in sequestering carbon, or the stresses this unique ecosystem will face under the effects of climate change. The growing strength of this climate movement can create the demand for a shift in the management of our forests and on the value of these forests away from an extractive, destructive commercial profit model and ensure that forests can do the important work of producing clean, cold water for spawning salmon, other fish, and wildlife - not to mention the millions of people that rely on it - as well as sequestering tons of carbon from the atmosphere and storing it for centuries! NO MORE LOGGING ON PUBLIC LANDS. Forests are the original carbon scrubbers. **If you're interested in helping to plan this event please meet at the Bark office, 351 NE 18th Thursday, on December 3rd at 6PM. There will be tea and snacks!! http://www.facebook.com/events/444020362453866/