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Person of the Planet Speaker: Mary Selkirk

  • Arlington Community Church 52 Arlington Avenue Kensington (map)

PERSON OF THE PLANET SPEAKER: MARY SELKIRK

Mary Selkirk, Board Member at Citizens Climate Lobby

Mary Selkirk, Board Member at Citizens Climate Lobby

Person of the Planet Group will be sponsoring a talk by Mary Selkirk on Friday, April 12 at 7:00 at Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington, Kensington. We will do a short Person of the Planet meeting at the start to touch base and hear what actions you have taken to be a voice for the Planet. Come relax with a cup of tea.

The topic of the evening will be "Building the Political Will in Washington for Climate Action". Mary Selkirk from the Citizens Climate Lobby will do a short introduction of their work and a brief discussion on the "Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act" (HR763). The H763 bill is the first bi-partisan climate bill in the US Congress in 10 years.

Mary Selkirk is an avid hiker, whitewater rafter, cyclist, and volunteer/member of the Governing Board of Citizens Climate Lobby.

Before retiring and joining CCL, Mary spent 30 years first as an environmental activist and then a collaborative policy specialist, focusing on California water and natural resources. As an environmental mediator with the Center for Collaborative Policy at Sacramento State for many years, Mary designed and led numerous multi-party dialogues on complex water and natural resources projects throughout the State, including the South Bay Salt Pond Project, the biggest wetland restoration project west of the Mississippi, right here in our own San Francisco Bay.

After serving as the Sierra Club’s Northern California Regional Water Committee, Mary was elected in 1994 to the Board of Directors of East Bay MUD, representing Berkeley, Kensington, Albany and El Cerrito. She served on the Bay-Delta Advisory Council, a Federal Advisory Committee, taught environmental mediation in the UC Davis Land Use and Natural Resources Program, as well as at Sacramento State, and served on the City of Berkeley’s Creeks Task Force.

Mary will share her own story of her growing passion and concern about climate change, and how the core values that form the foundation of Citizens Climate Lobby-- focus, inclusiveness, personal engagement, respect for political differences, nonpartisanship, and optimism—have sustained her through 6 years of lobbying on climate action in Washington.

This evening will be time well-spent. If you plan to attend, let us know so we can plan set-up accordingly: personoftheplanet@gmail.com We look forward to seeing you.