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Sustainable Business Oregon: PSU's 'Fortified' brings out the climate change storytellers
Author: Andy Giegerich
Posted: February 26, 2014

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Leave it to a group of storytellers to turn climate change — an often dry and gloomy topic — into a gripping and compelling matter.

Five organizations working on climate change came together with Portland State University to present “Fortified: True Stories of Climate Action” last week.

A storytelling event modeled after the likes of “Mortified,” “The Moth,” and “Back Fence PDX,” Fortified put a human face on climate change by bringing average people to the stage to tell the story about how they became engaged on the topic of climate change.

“We might pull off something here tonight,” said Jennifer Allen, director of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, kicking off the Thursday evening program. “This might be the event that makes climate change fun.”

Each storyteller was brought to the stage by different organization working in some way on climate change: Ecotrust, Climate Solutions, Renewable Northwest Project, Oregon Environmental Council, the city of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and PSU. The organizations were on hand to talk to attendees about how they could get involved with various efforts.