SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 – 9:30am – 5pm | SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 – 9:30am – 5pm
City Hall – 317 Broad Street – Nevada City
Activist Center workshops sponsored by:
StoryShift: Moving Away from Extractive Storytelling – Sat. Jan. 18 @ 9:30-11am
StoryShift is an interactive discussion forum to explore the ways we can move away from extractive storytelling and toward a more collaborative and community-informed model. This session will offer a case study of Mossville: When Great Trees Fall as a catalyst for an interactive workshop focused on accountable filmmaking practices. Featuring Alex Glustrom, Director of Mossville and Hannah Hearn, Impact Coordinator at Working Films.
SYRCL – How Citizen Science Works for All: Benefits, Impacts, & Opportunities – Sat. Jan. 18 @ 11:30am-12:30pm
Incorporating citizen scientists into research where only trained scientists were previously believed to be qualified is a growing trend. The immense body of data being generated by citizen-based efforts is proof that citizen participation increases the amount of data collected with similar accuracy to that of a trained scientist. This panel discussion—featuring SYRCL scientists, local community members, and Earthwatch Institute—will center on how citizen scientists increase the capacity of research and monitoring projects both locally and across the world.
Environmental Protection through the lens of (JEDI) Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Sat. Jan.18 @ 1-2pm
José González, Teresa Baker, Alejandro Lozano, Michael Estrada, and Scott Briscoe are moving the DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) conversation into action. The discussion around diversity and inclusion in outdoor spaces is ever-evolving, and the work needs to catch up. How do we, as an active audience on environmental protection, move forward collectively in the work that is urgently needed?
Regenerative Response to Disaster with Permaculture – Sat. Jan. 18 @ 2:30-3:30pm
Matthew Trumm will share his story of using the skills he developed through Permaculture design to help the people and land recover after the deadly Camp Fire in Paradise, CA— from sourcing and deploying materials for erosion and preventing toxic runoff, to creating “Camp Paradise,” the world’s first mobile permaculture-based disaster response Ecosystem Restoration Camp model. Learn how it was done, how to get involved, and how to create a similar project in your own neck of the woods.
Finance for the Greater Good: Socially Responsible Investing – Sat. Jan. 18 @ 4-5pm
Grandmother used to say, “Put your money where your mouth is.“ As a supporter of SYRCL, you already do this. But did you know there are ways within your investment portfolio to put your money to work and support the causes you believe in? Join us for a presentation on the past, present, and future of socially responsible investing and related environmental issues. The session will be hosted by Scott Beesley, Certified Financial Planner® at Baird Private Wealth Management. Scott is also a member of the Wild & Scenic Program Committee.
Our Water in the Age of Climate Change – Sun. Jan. 19 @ 9:30-11am
Climate Change is here and is the existential threat to our community. But what does that mean for the Sierras, California’s valuable headwaters? We are already experiencing a decline in snowpack, atmospheric rivers, increased risk of catastrophic wildfires, and more. A panel of experts in water management and environmental activism will discuss their concerns about impacts on water supply, infrastructure, and our communities as a result of climate change. Join us to learn more about how we can make California’s headwaters safe, sustainable, and resilient for all.
America’s Great Mountain Trails – Sun. Jan. 19 @ 11:30am-12:30pm
Author and photographer Tim Palmer will present a spectacular slide show about his latest book, America’s Great Mountain Trails. Many of us know Tim for his ability to connect us to wild rivers, but this time, come and enjoy his scenes of mountain grandeur and hear some of his engaging stories as he takes us on the best among 100 mountain trails featured in his new book. Tim is the award-winning author and photographer of 28 books about the environment, river conservation, and adventure travel, and he speaks to audiences nationwide. He worked as a pivotal consultant to SYRCL in our successful campaign to designate the South Yuba as a California Scenic River. There will be time for lively Q&A and discussion after the slide program.
How Worker Cooperatives Are The Model For A Sustainable Future – Sun. Jan. 19 @ 1-2pm
In September 2019, California Solar Electric Company became the first worker-owned cooperative in Nevada County. Join Cal Solar and Project Equity as they discuss how worker cooperatives are models for a sustainable future by helping cities retain business assets, growing community wealth, and ensuring business longevity.
Citizens Climate Lobby – Local Climate Action: What lights a Spark in You? – Sun. Jan. 19 @ 2:30-3:30pm
Are you concerned about climate change but don’t know what you can do about it? Learn about the activities of three organizations addressing different solutions to the climate crisis, and which of them light a spark in you. Elyce Klein of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Alameda Chapter will moderate a discussion including Co-Presidents Shandon and David Schmeiske of 350 Placer, Group Leader Dave Whitehead from CCL Nevada County Chapter, and a youth activist from the Sunrise Movement.
Nisenanim ni (“I am Nisenan”) – Sun. Jan. 19 @ 4-5pm
Join members of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe as they discuss a new partnership with Nevada City Film Festival and Nevada County Arts Council through the making of a film that addresses the recovery of their critically endangered language. This partnership, in tandem with efforts towards restoring Federal Recognition, is a testament to the whole community effort required to rebuild visibility. Beyond documenting efforts to revive a language previously considered extinct, the Nisenan are looking to their future. Twenty years from now, what will their homelands look like? What are our children being taught in schools about the true history of California? How will we – the broader community – experience Nisenan culture as a critical, valued part of our everyday story?