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   talking at a conference        Emily Pachoud, in a meadow of flowers     

 Teresia Hinga | Conference | Anthony Akpan | Phillip Thompson | Iris Stewart-Frey | Patricia Gualinga (video) | Autumn Peltier (video) | Daniel Press |Kristin Kusanovich | Emily Pachoud | Catherine Moore | Shannon Rivers | Sofia Sandoval Larco |  Pedro-Andrés Sánchez-Gutiérrez | Kunlin He | Dana Nuccitelli

19 APR


9:15-10:15 AM                                                      


Anthony Akpan, Pan-African Vision for the Environment 

Environmental Conflicts in Africa: Water Education and Ocean Literacy                       

Teresia Hinga, SCU Religious Studies, Founder Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians

Women’s Roles in Kenyan Culture and in the Care of our Common Home

Phillip L. Thompson, Director Seattle U Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Un-poisoning the well with inexpensive ways to remove arsenic from water                     

Iris Stewart-Frey, Moderator and Co-coordinator of SCU Environmental Justice & the Common Good Initiative

ANTHONY AKPAN is the Founder/President, Pan African Vision for the Environment (PAVE), Nigeria. A human development and public policy specialist with B.Sc in Applied Chemistry (University of Uyo, Nigeria), and Post Graduate Studies Diploma in Water Management, with Specialization in Water Services Management (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands), with over 15 years sector experience in human ecology and sustainable development issues, spanning NGO management, government, civil society, private sector and International development agencies relations. Other areas of expertise include fund raising, policy analysis, participatory research, advocacy, capacity building, project development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, consultancy / public sector advisory, grassroots mobilisation and coalition building.

DR. TERESIA HINGA was born in Kenya. She received a B.Ed. in English Literature and Religious Studies from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Nairobi University, also in Kenya. She earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies/African Christianity from the University of Lancaster in England. Her thesis on the role of women in African Christianity focused on women's power and liberation in the African Independent Church. Dr. Hinga's research focuses on religion and women's issues, particularly in Africa, African religious history, and expression in the global religious landscape, religion and public policy, and the ethics of globalization. She is a founding member of the "Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians," a pan-African association of women who study the role and impact of religion and culture on African women's lives. She is also a member of the Black Catholic Symposium of the AAR and of the Association for the Academic Study of Religion in Africa (AASR).      

DR. PHILLIP THOMPSON is currently studying the removal of metals from drinking water with pyrolized agricultural waste materials (biochar). His recent work has examined the stability of anaerobic digesters during periods of high loading and the effectiveness and life-cycle costs of alternative drinking water treatment systems for developing countries. His other research interests have focused on the use of plants to restore soil and groundwater contaminated with explosives wastes. Professor Thompson teaches courses in environmental engineering and economics and is the faculty adviser for the Seattle University student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World. Professor Phillip Thompson serves as Director of the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability and served as Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair from 2006-2013. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington.

Co-presented by SCU ENACT Students for Environmental Justice and Environmental Justice & the Common Good Initiative                            





10:30-11:30 AM           VIDEO SCREENINGS & DISCUSSION


Honoring Patricia Gualinga and youth activist Autumn Peltier.

Video screenings of Indigenous Rights Activists Patricia Gualinga, human rights activist and member of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku, an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and Autumn Peltier, Anishinaabe-kwe Water Warrior and member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation of Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Kawsak Sacha (The Living Forest) is a proposal for living together with the natural world that grows out of the millennial knowledge of the Indigenous Peoples who inhabit the Amazonian rainforest, and it is one that is also buttressed by recent scientific studies. Whereas the western world treats nature as an undemanding source of raw materials destined exclusively for human use, Kawsak Sacha recognizes that the forest is made up entirely of living selves and the communicative relations they have with each other.

Patricia Gualinga, “Warrior for the Ecuadorian Amazon,” and member of the Kichwa People of Sarayaku, is defending not only her people and culture but the lungs of the Earth. Amazon Watch and Amnesty International have worked in support of her safety and this community’s sovereignty. From Ecuador we go to the UN to be asked if we would you put up with boiling our water for 26 years? Racism keeps water undrinkable in many communities of color. Youth activist Autumn Peltier, Water Protector from Wikwemikong First Nation/Manitoulin Island, knows what to fix and how to fix it

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Co-Presented with SCU NACC Native American Coalition for Change. Moderated by Amanda Harvey and Elana Fisher (ESS SLURP) & Chanel Bullock and Gloria Karekezi, Jean Donovan Fellows working with tUrn in 2021.




11:45–12:45 PM         

KEYNOTE  WATER IS LIFE: The Akimel O'otham (River People) and Ecological Stewardship                     

Shannon Rivers, a member of the Akimel O’otham (River People).

For the Akimel O'otham or River People, the history and story of water is also the history and story of deprivation, theft, and the impact of the loss of water for their people. This keynote presentation will include critical insights about today's use of water and the role Indigenous Peoples play in ecological stewardship.  

SHANNON RIVERS was born and raised on the Gila River Indian Community located in the southern state of Arizona of the United States. For nearly ten years Mr. Rivers was a delegate and participant at the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York. In 2008 Shannon was selected as a Co-chair for the Global Indigenous Peoples Caucus, holding the seat for two consecutive years. 

Currently, Mr. Rivers is Cultural Liaison with the Indian Health Center in San Jose and is a Native American Cultural/Spiritual Leader and advisor to the Indigenous inmate population(s) at the County, State and Federal Prison(s) in Arizona and Central California, providing spiritual and traditional guidance and healing to incarcerated Native men and women. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Northern Arizona University, and a Masters in American Indian Studies from the University of California Los Angeles. Lastly, Shannon is a cultural ambassador for the O’otham Humackam (Peoples Nation) for the four O’otham Nations located in southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.

Co-Presented by SCU NACC Native American Coalition for Change and SCU ENACT Students for Environmental Justice.

Moderated by Catherine Moore (NACC) and Kristin Kusanovich (tUrn).




2:15-3:00 PM      

MYSTERIOUS and MEASURABLE: Tipping Points and the Urgency of this Decade

Kristin Kusanovich, Director of tUrn with introduction by Daniel Press, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Climate, ecological & human tipping points are those points beyond which restoration, healing, regeneration and replenishment can occur. These negative tipping points must be avoided at all costs. Scientists, reporters, healers and leaders in the climate fight say we have already passed some of these tipping points. World-wide pandemics and fires too big to "fight" would be two examples of new, difficult to control phenomena that many have experienced very recently. These undesireable situations are exacerbated by the climate crisis and born from it as well. What does this mean? And how are positive tipping points in which humanity might get its collective act together also plausible?

DANIEL PRESS began as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University in July 2020. He taught at UC Santa Cruz for 28 years, where he helped establish the Environmental Studies Ph.D., a master’s degree in Coastal Science and Policy, and an Agroecology bachelor’s degree program. Press served as UC Santa Cruz’s executive director of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, raising substantial funds for the program’s facilities and staff. His research is in the area of environmental policy and industrial ecology, and he is the author of three books on US environmental politics and policy. In addition to being Dean, he is also on the faculty of the SCU Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

KRISTIN KUSANOVICH (Department of Theatre & Dance and Child Studies Program) is a theatre and dance artist, educator, researcher and mother. With the help of hundreds of committed people, and endless advocates living now and who came before us, she manages and imagines a week where we stop what we are normally doing and learn how to make a u-turn. Because our current normal, if you haven't noticed, is making the planet steadily more uninhabitable.

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." —John Cage

Moderated by Emily Pachoud, tUrn research intern.




4:00-5:00 PM                SESIÓN EN ESPAÑOL  

EL MISMA CLIMA: Intercambios de Agua Texas-México y el Espectro de la Sequía

WE SHARE THE SAME WEATHER: TEX/MEX Water Exchanges & the Specter of Drought          

with CLIMATE REALITY LEADER Pedro-Andrés Sánchez-Gutiérrez

International water treaties do not just flow in one direction. They are set up so both countries borrow/buy and lend/sell water from each other This talk will focus on the shared dynamics and common vulnerabilities of Mexican and Texan towns along the Rio Bravo and Rio Grande.  Mr. Sánchez-Gutiérrez will explain the role the Colorado River, tributaries, storage, and irrigation play in treaties that will surely be under scrutiny in a future of continuing droughts.

PEDRO-ANDRÉS SÁNCHEZ-GUTIÉRREZ. M.Sc. with a specialty in Chemical Engineering. He is a student of the Doctorate program in Water Sciences at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla with expertise of 12 years in the public service, both at the education and environmental sectors (federal offices). He has been a presenter/author at the World Water Week (Stockholm, Sweden) in three editions and participates as a volunteer in The Climate Reality Project (; an NGO whose purpose is to provide knowledge and tools to build public awareness of the challenges posed by global climate change. Pedro is also a member of the graduate student chapter of the UNESCO Chair on Hydrometeorological Risks.

Maestro en Ciencias con especialidad en Ingeniería Química. Es estudiante del Doctorado en Ciencias del Agua en la Universidad de las Américas Puebla con experiencia de 12 años en el servicio público (Administración Pública Federal), tanto en el sector educativo como en el sector ambiental. Ha sido ponente (autor) en la Semana Mundial del Agua (Estocolmo, Suecia) en tres ocasiones y participa como voluntario en The Climate Reality Project (, una ONG cuyo fin es brindar conocimientos y herramientas para construir conciencia pública sobre los desafíos que plantea el cambio climático a nivel global. Pedro es miembro del capítulo estudiantil de Cátedra UNESCO en Riesgos Hidrometeorológicos.tedra UNESCO en Riesgos Hidrometeorológicos

RSVP for EL MISMA CLIMA 4:00-5:00 PM




6:00-6:30 PM | WILDFIRE ART

California Wildfire No. 3

KUNLIN HE is a visual artist who works in multiple media. His segment will focus on his piece featured in the de Saisset's collection entitled California Wildfire No. 3. (or No.3 California Wildfire 2017) that depicts the devastation trauma landscape in the wake of the 2017 wildfires in Marin County, California. The series is rendered in a style like a Shan Shui style landscape painting -- making these decimated scenes reminiscent of traditional Chinese landscape paintings in their emotional charge and otherworldliness.

Co-Moderated by Lauren Baines and co-presented by de Saisset Museum.

RSVP for WILDFIRE ART &/or WILDFIRE SCIENCE (attend either or both)



Fire & Water: How Climate Change is Impacting Extreme Weather in California and Solutions

DANA NUCCITELLI is an environmental scientist, climate journalist for Yale Climate Connections, and the author of Climatology versus Pseudoscience. He received the National Center for Science Education's Friend of the Planet Award in 2016 for his writing on climate change with The Guardian.

RSVP for WILDFIRE ART &/or WILDFIRE SCIENCE (attend either fire presentations, or both)



MONDAY 8:30-9:30 PM

tUrn CLIMATE ACTION POWER HOUR hosted by Emily Pachoud and Eemon Ghasemiyeh

Attended a Monday HEADLINER and want to meet reflect with others? 

Meet at 8:30 PM Monday to connect with others, and achieve concrete advocacy tasks together around the day’s themes and action items – be guided in using on-line tools for climate advocacy and hang out with some like-minded climate leaders.

Help drawdown global warming one choice, one advocacy strategy, and one civic engagement move at a time.

RSVP for ANY CLIMATE ACTION POWER HOUR any evening during tUrn week at this link