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About nickengelfried

Nick is a freelance writer, climate activist, and a graduate student at the University of Montana. He got his start in activism by helping to establish a new campus recycling system at Portland Community College; since then he has organized to stop fossil fuel projects and open up space for clean energy in Oregon, Washington, and Montana. Nick is currently working with activists throughout the Greater Northwest to protect Northwest communities from coal export projects. When not in school or organizing for a clean energy future, he can be found hiking in the natural areas around Missoula, bird watching, or writing a novel.

A Summer of Movement and Community-Building


Youth organizers at the Seattle Zero Hour March, one of the many events where Reconnect Earth had a presence this summer.

Reconnect Earth’s first summer is drawing to a close, and it was a season full of community outreach and building ties with people and organizations throughout northwest Washington and beyond. In particular, Reconnect Earth has prioritized contributing to and having a presence at events organized by people at the frontlines of confronting social and environmental injustice. Here are a few of the events where Reconnect Earth made an appearance over the last few months:

Bellingham Juneteenth Celebration, June 16th. Organized by Bellingham Black Lives Matter, this event was the city’s first-ever official community celebration of Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of legal slavery after the U.S. Civil War. Bellingham’s Juneteenth event brought together organizations from throughout the community who are working on social justice, human rights, and environmental issues for a celebration of freedom, liberty, and justice for all. Reconnect Earth was honored to have an informational table at this important gathering.

Lummi Nation Stommish, June 23rd. First celebrated in 1946 to welcome returning Lummi veterans home from World War II, the Stommish Water Festival is an annual celebration of Lummi culture and heroism held on Lummi tribal lands. Reconnect Earth received permission to set up a table at this event, giving us a chance to talk with the hundreds of people who came to participate in Stommish. The Lummi and other Indigenous peoples have cared for the land and water in what is now Whatcom County since time immemorial, and it was truly a privilege to have a presence at this event.

Families Belong Together Rally, June 30th. Reconnect Earth joined many tens of thousands of people across the country to protest the Trump administration’s heartless separation of children and families in immigrant detention centers. Hundreds of people attended the local Families Belong Together rally in Bellingham, which was part of a nationwide mobilization held on June 30th.

Bellingham Pride, July 15th. No list of fun-filled, inspiring summer events in Bellingham would be complete without the local Pride festival. Thousand of participants in this year’s Pride came to attend a parade, organization fair, and other activities celebrating the LGBTQ community. Reconnect Earth had our table alongside dozens of other nonprofits, businesses, and community groups at Pride 2018, and we couldn’t be prouder to have joined hands in support of this event.

Zero Hour March, July 21st. When high school students from around the country announced the first-ever youth of color-led national climate mobilization, Reconnect Earth immediately realized supporting this event in whatever way we could fit right in with our mission and goals. Reconnect Earth and 350 Bellingham organized a carpool to attend the Zero Hour March in Seattle, on the same day as a huge youth-led march in DC and other, similar events throughout the country. The leadership and organizational prowess of the youth at the helm of Zero Hour should give hope to anyone concerned about the fate of our planet. It was an immense privilege to march alongside them in support of swift, equitable action to curb climate change.

Prior to participating in each of these events, Reconnect Earth first communicated with the organizers to make sure our presence there would be helpful and welcome. As our organization grows and continues our work, we’ll be doing our best to support movements like these through our work to foster and grow a network of empowered young leaders who will sustain grassroots social movements for years to come.

Reconnect Earth Supports Youth Mobilizing for Climate Action–Join Us!

unnamedSomething big is happening this month: Saturday, July 21st and the days leading up to it will mark the biggest youth of color-led mobilization for climate action in U.S. history. The Zero Hour movement was initiated by high school students in Seattle and has spread to become a nationwide uprising for just and equitable solutions to the climate crisis. Reconnect Earth is organizing to support this historic mobilization, and we want you to join us!

RSVP to participate in the youth-led Zero Hour movement with Reconnect Earth

Zero Hour will include a march of youth and their supporters on Washington, DC on July 21st, several sister marches in other major U.S. cities the same day, and other activities in the days leading up to that weekend. Reconnect Earth is working to coordinate carpools from Bellingham, WA to the Zero Hour march in Seattle, which begins at 9:00am at the Seattle Garfield Community Center Playfield. We’re also in the process of arranging a meeting with the office of Congressman Rick Larsen during the week of July 16-20th, where we’ll urge Rep. Larsen to support urgent action on climate change and the goals of the Zero Hour movement.

Young people will be dealing with the effects of climate change longer than any other generation alive today, while the effects of climate disruption and pollution from fossil fuel industries disproportionately impact people of color. Despite this, youth of color have for much too long been excluded from high-profile discussions about climate policy. The organizers of the Zero Hour movement are working to change that, and Reconnect Earth has been in contact with them to make sure what we’re doing supports their efforts.

Please help us support the Zero Hour movement by joining Reconnect Earth to march in Seattle, lobby in Bellingham, or both. RSVP here to let us know how you can participate.

Attend Reconnect Earth’s 2018 Student Organizing Camp!

P1110802 (2)Are you a young person who wants to make the world a more ecologically sustainable, socially just place? Reconnect Earth’s first-ever Student Organizing Camp is now accepting applications. This event will take place at Washington’s Larrabee State Park* from Thursday, August 9th (starting in the late afternoon) through Sunday, August 12th (with the option to stay overnight until Monday morning). Apply now and join us for four days of building activist and grassroots organizing skills, exploring our identities as agents of change, and enjoying a truly beautiful section of the Washington Coast.

At the Student Organizing Camp you’ll experience trainings and workshops on theories of social change, social identity, campaign planning, nonviolent activism, and more. Food is provided and some camping equipment is available for loan. This event is an opportunity to build your strengths and abilities as an agent of positive change while making connections with other youth activists in the region.

Apply to attend the Organizing Camp here. 

Larrabee State Park is located on the Washington coast, a 15 minute drive or 40 minute bike ride from Downtown Bellingham. During the Organizing Camp we’ll have a chance to enjoy the beach and nearby trails including the 2-mile hike to Fragrance Lake.

Reconnect Earth’s Student Organizing Camp is open to high school and college students and others who self-identify as “youth.” Participants under age 18 will need parental or guardian permission. Cost of registration is $30, with scholarships available to those for whom this represents a financial hardship. Apply here to attend.


*Larrabee State Park is on the traditional territory of Indigenous peoples including the Lummi Nation

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