Students shift into ‘green’ gear

Joanna Peterson – Review staff writer. About 20 Linfield students who attended Power Shift West, a conference in Eugene, Ore., in November were inspired to create a similar event for the Linfield and McMinnville communities.
Power Shift is a worldwide, youth-led movement that promotes sustainable global climate change, junior David Kellner-Rode, president of Greenfield, said.
“I was inspired, and it was awesome to be around so many different students who are involved in the same things that I am and who are trying to do the same things that we are at Linfield,” junior Sarah Valentine, a member of Greenfield and a conference attendee, said.
Eight Linfield students are involved in planning the Power Shift Linfield event: Kellner-Rode, freshmen Tyler Gerlach and Katherine Takaoka, sophomore Matthea Brown, juniors Avalon Fox, Katie Kann and Valentine and senior Duncan Reid.
The event is scheduled for Feb. 26 and 27.
On Feb. 26, a specialist in the environmental field will present a keynote address. Possible speakers include Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski; Bill Bradbury, who is running for Oregon governor; and Rikki Ott, a speaker from Power Shift West.
A concert featuring local bands will be held after the address. The lineup is yet to be decided.
Students are then invited to Kellner-Rode’s house for breakfast to kickoff the second day of the event.
Eight panels and workshops will be available for participants to attend. The panels will address topics such as politics, environmental change, liquefied natural gas, coal, “green” jobs, sustainable food, health and nutrition.
Kellner-Rode said that some of the workshop themes are undecided at this point, but he plans to lead a workshop on alternative transportation and bike repair at the Linfield Bike Co-op. He also said that Bonnie Sherk, an inner-city gardener from San Francisco, will teach a workshop in the community garden on plants and gardening.
“We’re trying to make a broad range of workshops to meet a wide variety of peoples’ interests,” Valentine said. “We want the workshops to be engaging and interactive.”
A student-politician Q & A session will also be held, at which politicians will ask students questions in Ice Auditorium.
Power Shift Linfield participants will then march through campus and McMinnville to promote the event’s messages.
“Even if people don’t come to the events, they will get an idea of what our message is,” Kellner-Rode said.
Power Shift Linfield is meant to include as many groups as possible in the Linfield and McMinnville communities.
Several events will promote Power Shift Linfield in the coming weeks, including a bonfire and a kickball tournament. Times and dates for these events are to be announced.
The event is sponsored by Greenfield. Contact Kellner-Rode at for more information.
“These are issues that are important to get educated and passionate about because they are issues that everybody will have to deal with at some point in their lives,” Valentine said.

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