Sunday, May 12 ~ Green Action Day

A Mother’s Day Event for the Earth:
A Call to Protect the Planet for Future Generations

Date: Sunday, May 12th
Time: 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Pioneer Square, Downtown Portland


The Green Action Day is an event geared towards harnessing the inspiration of the preceding day’s events with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading environmentalists to provide a venue for local environmental groups and concerned citizens to gather and connect in practical ways to make a difference for the planet.


  • There will be interactive booths for kids, moms, dads, and all concerned about the fate of our planet.
  • Special Mother’s Day events will be happening throughout the afternoon.
  • National Leaders in the environmental movement who hail from Oregon will be speaking.
  • Top local bands will be performing.
  • There will be a Tibetan prayer flag hanging ceremony where individuals in attendance will have an opportunity to express their wishes and personal commitments for the planet on blank Tibetan prayer flags. The symbolic use of prayer flags is that the aspirations expressed on them is carried on the wind throughout the world.


The following are confirmed participants; more will be announced shortly.  Please check regularly for updates! Please see short bios at the bottom of this page.


  • Kathleen Dean Moore – Environmental ethicist, nature writer, Writer Laureate and Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University
  • Kim Stafford – Writer, artist, environmental activist, Professor of Writing at Lewis and Clark College
  • Andrea Durbin- Executive Director, Oregon Environmental Council
  • Jenny Homes – Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Environmental Ministries
  • Jane Gray – City Repair
  • Leonard Barrett – Permaculture Portland, Landscape architect
  • Yangsi Rinpoche – President, Maitripa College


  • Jerry Joseph and Jenny Conlee ~ of Jerry Joseph and Jackmormons and the Decemberists.
  • Mike Clark & Ralf Youtz ~ Mike and Ralf are Portland based musicians who together and individually have played with numerous local bands, including Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Corin Tucker Band, The Halo Benders, Ape Shape and the No-No’s. They’ll be playing a brief, mostly acoustic set of some of their favorite cover songs.
  • Coldwater


About the Participants:

Matthew Bibeau

Matthew Bibeau is the Executive Director of Mother Earth School, a farm & forest-based school in Portland that offers preschool through 3rd grade. Matt is an active permaculture instructor, leadingMother Earth School’s advanced course in Youth & Child Permaculture Education and guest teaching in several regional courses each year. He currently serves on the boards of the Learning Gardens Institute and the Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust.

Jim Blumenthal

Jim Blumenthal is an Associate Professor of Buddhist philosophy at Oregon State University and Professor of Buddhist Studies at Maitripa College. He is the author/translator/editor of three books and more that 40 articles on various aspects of Buddhist thought and practice. He was a staff member with Greenpeace for four years.

Mike Clark and Ralf Youtz

Mike and Ralf are Portland based musicians who together and individually have played with numerous local bands, including Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Corin Tucker Band, The Halo Benders, Ape Shape and the No-No’s. They’ll be playing a brief, mostly acoustic set of some of their favorite cover songs.


Coldwater is a Portland-based alt-country band. Coldwater was born in 2009 around a dying campfire, conceived through union 
of a half-busted ukelele and a full case of beer, out of a mutual affection for old country standards and indie-rock. They recorded their first album in 2011 and have enjoyed a growing following ever since.

Jen Coleman

Jen Coleman is the Outreach Director for Oregon Environmental Council. Before that, she worked in communications with the national nonprofit, Environmental Defense Fund, headquartered in New York City. In her spare time, she is a writer and a poet. She earned an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University.

Jenny Conlee

Jenny Conlee plays accordion and keyboards and does back-up vocals for the preeminent Portland indie-rock band, The Decemberists. She is also a member of Portland-based Casey Neill & The Norway Rats where she also plays the glockenspiel. Her most recent project is the acoustic band Black Prairie. At the Green Action Day, she will be doing two sets with Jerry Joseph.

Kathleen Dean-Moore

Kathleen Dean Moore — Oregon nature writer, philosopher, and climate activist — is co-editor of MORAL GROUND: ETHICAL ACTION FOR A PLANET IN PERIL, a call to action from 83 of the world’s moral leaders including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She is a leading voice in environmental ethics, author of numerous books and dozens of articles on the natural world and our moral responsibilities. Dr. Moore recently retired as a Distinguished Professor and Writer Laureate from Oregon State University, and continues to write and lecture widely.  For more of her ideas about the moral urgency of stopping climate change, see her recent interview in SUN Magazine, “If Your House in on Fire.”

Jane Gray

Jane Gray has been an activist with the City Repair project since 2008 as a council-member and organizer of the Village Building Convergence. She is also an active resident coordinator of natural building and garden initiatives at the Planet Repair Institute, where she received her permaculture design certificate in 2011. Jane is also committed to various other sustainable agriculture efforts in Portland, contributing her time and energy as gleaner, gardener, community artist, and musician. After receiving a certificate in Permaculture Education for Youth and Children, she helped to design place-based permaculture curriculum for 10-12 year old youth in SE Portland. Jane is currently working to expand her experience in sustainable community development by entering the field of professional natural building.

Jenny Holmes

Jenny Holmes has served for over 25 years as an educator, organizer, and board member with ecumenical, denominational and grassroots programs and organizations focused on faith and the environment. In her capacity as Environmental Ministries Director for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, she directs the Oregon Interfaith Power and Light and Interfaith Power and Light and Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership projects as well as initiatives, environmental justice and congregational greening. She edited Portland’s first guide to the local food system, Portland’s Bounty and has led several government and privately funded projects that engage faith congregations in developing and supporting community food systems and improving public health. She holds a Masters of Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.where she focused on environmental ethics .She is an avid gardener and she and her husband John enjoy visiting Oregon’s diverse farms and farmers markets.

Jerry Joseph

Jerry Joseph is the lead singer and songwriter for Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons. His musical career stretches back over 25 years and dozens of albums. His musical collaborations include not only his current band, but also with Stockholme Syndrome, the Denmark Veseys, and Little Women. Many of his songs have been covered by acts like Widespread Panic. He tours around the world, including recent tours in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. His musical collaboration for the Green Action Day will be a duo with Jenny Conlee from The Decemberists.

Yangsi Rinpoche

Yangsi Rinpoche is the President and Founder of Maitripa College where he also serves as Professor of Buddhist Studies and resident lama for temple activities. Yangsi Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Ngawang Gendun, a renowned scholar and practitioner from Western Tibet, at the age of six. Rinpoche trained in the traditional monastic system for over twenty-five years, and in 1995 graduated with the highest degree of Geshe Lharampa from Sera Je Monastery in South India. He then completed his studies at Gyume Tantric College, and, in 1998, having the particular wish to benefit Western students of the Buddhadharma, Rinpoche came to the West to teach and travel extensively throughout America and Europe. Rinpoche is the author of Practicing the Path: A Commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo.

Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft. He has worked as a printer, photographer, oral historian, editor, and visiting writer at a host of colleges and schools, and offered writing workshops in Italy, Scotland, and Bhutan. His book, Having Everything Right, won a citation for excellence from the Western States Book Awards in 1986. Stafford has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Governor’s Arts Award for his contributions to Oregon’s literary culture, and his work has been featured on National Public Radio.