Defining Cascadia: Crossing borders to improve ecology, economy, and the arts in the Pacific Northwest


Defining Cascadia: Crossing borders to improve ecology, economy, and the arts in the Pacific Northwest

On Friday, May 17th we were proud to partner with Cascadia Magazine and Upzones Podcast to present a panel discussion about thinking beyond borders in Cascadia. The discussion featured moderated by UpZones Podcast host Ian Martinez, featuring Andrew Engelson, editor of Cascadia Magazine, an online publication featuring journalism and arts from across the Northwest, Paige Malott, board president of Cascadia Rail, which advocates for a regional high-speed rail system, Nadine Maestas, a poet engaged with bioregional concerns who serves on the board of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, and Tarika Powell, who works on issues related to pipelines and fossil fuels at Sightline Institute, an organization dedicated to promoting sustainability across Cascadia.

The conversation hosted a lively conversation about how the concept of Cascadia can help us better understand a variety of issues across the region, whether it’s saving endangered orcas, fighting climate change, creating a regional high-speed rail corridor, or fostering dialogue between creative artists across the Pacific Northwest. The event took place on the eve of Cascadia Day. Every May 18, on the anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, people from across the bioregion celebrate the unique natural beauty and creative culture of Cascadia.

The event was hosted at Seattle Horizon Books, Seattle’s oldest and longest running independent used bookstore.

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