PESC Update – January 17

Future of Geothermal Energy: 7:30 pm this Tuesday Jan 20 1912 Center

Can geothermal energy aid in mitigating climate change?  University of Idaho PhD candidate Cary Lindsey will give a talk on the “Future of Geothermal Energy” Tuesday, January 20, in the 1912 Center Fiske Room at 7:30 p.m.  She will discuss her research from Yellowstone Park and other “hot spots” as well as local geothermal projects. This presentation is sponsored by PESC and the UUCP Environmental Task Force. For further information, contact Pat Rathmann.


“Protecting the Environment” Nimiipuu Tribal Environmental Summit Jan. 31 at WSU

Crystal Layman, First Nations from Alberta, will speak about tar sands; other topics include Wolves, and Grizzly Bear Recovery. Contact/Like us on Facebook “Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment”.  Thanks and happy new year to all!!! Food and beverage for all. Saturday, January 31,  2015 from 8:30 to 4:30 pm at Washington State University, College of Education Bldg, Cleveland Hall. PESC is a co-sponsor.


PESC Meeting this Sunday, January 18 at 12 noon

At the Yellow House (414 E. 2nd St. Moscow).

— a light lunch will be provided – thanks to Pat & Dan R

(we meet 3rd Sunday every month – next meeting is February 15)


Agenda to include:

We have two special guests this Sunday. The PESC meeting, about one hour, will be followed by Climate Forum meeting about 1 or 1:15 pm. We will discuss joining with the Coop for several environmental films at the Kenworthy.  Please send additional agenda items to me.


Brett Haverstick, Friends of Clearwater, will review a joint event in March regarding Snake River dam breaching and port dredging. We also plan to collaborate on Chris Caudill’s Salmon Restoration and the effect of the dams later in the year.


Tim Hatten, entomologist, will review the effect of neonicotinoid pesticides on our bee population, a major concern not only for farmers but for all gardeners in the Palouse. How to restrict their use locally. How we can encourage Monarchs with native northwest milkweed.


Climate Forum meeting at 1:15 pm Sunday following PESC meeting:


April 24-26, 2015 PESC Climate Forum with Maria Talero

Looking for people to help with fundraising, outreach, organizing, and/or publicity.


Tentative Schedule for April 24–26

  • Friday night in the 1912 Center Great Room: Plenary multi-media presentation with audience participation.
  • Saturday (Great Room 8:30–4pm)(Fiske and Art Rooms 1–4pm)
  • Morning workshop: Climate Courage Skills and Strategies: How Ordinary Citizens, Students, and Families Can Face the Climate Crisis Together, Instead of Alone.
  • Afternoon workshops: “Introduction to climate change activism on the Palouse” and “break-out groups and tabling”.
  • Concurrently in Afternoon: Fostering a Courageous Climate Change Ministry (private workshop for faith leaders).
  • Saturday Night Dance, Potluck, Film (UUCP Basement)


Names for this event are still tentative: “Palouse Climate Courage Kickoff” or “A Climate Change Plan for a Resilient Palouse.”


Maria L. Talero, Ph.D.

Maria Talero will be the leader for most of this weekend event. Maria Talero is a Denver-based community climate change educator and former philosophy professor who is developing an innovative approach to climate change communication, organizing and activism. Her research-based methodology draws on a paradigm called “embodied cognition” to identify the stages of transformation (for both individuals and communities) that lead to courageous and powerful climate change activism. She is a hands-on, mindful and passionate presenter and facilitator with 15 years of experience as an educator, and she currently organizes a monthly community group in Denver, Colorado called the Climate Courage Resilience Circle. She offers leadership trainings and workshops to non-profits, schools and communities of faith in Colorado. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver. She is a 2014 NAAEE Community Climate Change Fellow as well as a board member and team leader with 350 Colorado and 350 Denver.


YouTube videos of Maria:,,


Moscow Food Co-op Dime in Time award to PESC for Climate Forum!

The Moscow Food Co-op will provide the March Dime in Time award to support the Climate Forum, above! Special thanks to Brian Koepke for leading the effort in writing the proposal. Do you have a good fundraising idea for this event that could help raise the rest of the funds necessary?


Climate Change Class, Pullman Parks and Rec, Starting this Tuesday, Jan 20, 6:30-8 pm

(Tuesdays throughFeb 24):, [] [p. 22], Contact Pat Rathmann if  you have questions she has been in touch with Pete Haug, instructor.


Upcoming events:

  • 7:30 this Tuesday evening, Jan 20, “Future of Geothermal Energy” presentation – Cary Lindsey 1912 Center Fiske room.
  • Starting this Tuesday, Jan 20, 6:30-8 pm, Climate Change Class, Pullman Parks and Rec, details above.
  • 7 pm this Thursday evening, January 22. WSU MLK speaker: Angela Davis
  • Jan 30:  Palouse Clearwater Food Summit 4.0 – 1912 Center Great Room: speakers and break out discussion sessions on area food security issues. Facebook page (26th is deadline to register)
  • Sat. Jan 31: Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment Summit: Saturday January 31, 8:30 – 4:30. Details, above.
  • February 15: Next PESC meeting
  • Jennifer Ekstrom, director, Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale and the American Frontier– trailer Facebook  (Date February TBA).


Changing leadership in PESC:

After next Sunday’s meeting, I am stepping down as co-chair and Brian Koepke will be stepping up. Pat Rathmann will step down as co-chair June 30. We are looking for someone to step in as co-chair when Pat R steps down. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the possibility of serving PESC in that role. If the time and place of our meetings is an issue, that can be revised under new leadership.