Shasta Environmental Alliance (SEA) is hosting its First Annual Environmental Champions Award ceremony honoring Peggy Rebol, Douglas Craig, Larry Jordan, Julie Kierstead Nelson and Rize Oliveira for their work in protecting our natural environment. The event will take place on November 22, 6:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1825 East St., Redding.
Peggy Rebol, Doug Craig and Larry Jordan will be recognized for their work in the general environmentalist category, Julie Kierstead Nelson in the governmental agency category and Rize Oliveira in the high school student category.
Peggy Rebol will be honored for her work organizing and keeping the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival going for 14 years. She has organized events for 350.org, as well as organizing and cosponsoring many different environmental films and forums, including the 2019 Wild and Scenic Rivers Film Festival. She can be found volunteering at many events such as the Community Creek Cleanups and is also an active participant in North State Climate Action among many other activities.
Doug Craig will be honored for his many years educating the public about the threat of climate change through many newspaper and online articles, letters to the editor and producing radio programs interviewing many experts in the field. He has also organized public forums, films and has spoken to many groups about the threats of climate change. Currently he is working with North State Climate Action and produces a radio program on KKRN.
Larry Jordan has worked with Wintu Audubon to protect our native birds and to educate the public about their importance in our environment for many years. With the help of volunteers he organized, he has established a population of burrowing owls at Tuscan Preserve, in Butte County. He has installed many songbird nest boxes in Shasta County and organized volunteers to monitor them. Larry is webmaster of the Wintu Audubon website, leads many bird walks, and gives talks on birds using his excellent photographs of birds he has taken over the years.
Julie Kierstead Nelson is the winner in our governmental agency category. She works for the U.S.Forest Service as a Botanist, specializing in the sub-alpine areas in and around Mt. Shasta, Mt. Eddy and the Trinity Alps. In 2019 she discovered a new phacelia in the Carr/Delta Fire area which will be published soon under the name Phacelia damnatio, the Damnation Peak phacelia. She has coauthored of two books on the native plants of our area. Julie has also been instrumental in discovering and/or describing five rare plants in our area and has been instrumental in establishing a Botanist Certificate Program through the California Native Plant Society.
Rize Oliveira is the winner of the high school student category for her work as an environmental activist since she was 11 years old. Recently Rize produced and hosted a Small World Radio show to coincide with the UN Climate Action Summit (September 2019). Rize is currently one of the four hosts of the one-minute Public Service Announcement Extinction Diaries which is archived on Pacifica radio. and aired on 5 stations. She is an A-student at Foothill High School and participated in track at the Junior Olympics.
This event also will be a social mixer with finger foods and non-alcoholic drinks provided. We hope you will join us when we’ll recognize the important work of these local environmentalists. The First United Methodist Church is located at 1825 East Street and the Social Hall is on the ground floor, with the entrance on South Street. Children and students are free, suggested $10 donation for adults is requested but not required.
For more information, call David Ledger at 530-355-8542 or email email@example.com.
ARTWORK BY JIM MILESTONE