Tucson Environmental town hall

    “Join us to learn and talk about what is happening in Arizona with our air, water, wildlife, and environment. We will talk about where we are on a state and national level and what to expect for the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session. “

    Recess Of Action Arizona and Center for Biological Diversity

    Panelists include:

    Sen. Andrea Dalessandro (LD 2)
    Rep. Kirsten Engel (LD 10)
    Laiken Jordahl, Center for Biological Diversity
    Lia Ossanna, Students for Sustainability at U of A

    Tres English, Sustainable Tucson

    Tricia Gerrodette, Friends of the San Pedro river
    Jane Conlin, Citizens Climate Lobby

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Ambitious panel discussions on diverse, enviromental topics moderated by Dinah Bear, Humane Borders atty. 1st panel of Jane Conlin, Tres English, KirstenEngel were to address question of Pres. Donald Trump’s pulling out of Paris Climate Agreement. All stressed need to continue to lobby for local climate action. Questions from audience were about Environment Day at AZ Legislature (Feb. 7, 2018), hosted by Sierra Club; what was CCL doing to get federal & state endorsements/resolutions; equality for poor utility customers; is net metering sustainable; how address corruption re: nuclear power/free market choices. 2nd panel Tricia Gerrodette, Laikan Jordahl, Andrea Dalessandro, Lia Ossana were asked 2 questions about cutting EPA programs by 1/3 by current Administration & how address militarization/env. impacts of the Border Wall to Mexico. All thought the border wall was not needed, better env. & economic protections should be in place. Questions were about partial wall having impact on fish in the San Pedro river; how get diverse minority populations involved; Environmental Justice Task Force speaker on Nov. 4; Monsanto spraying in NW, Rosemont Mine use to water; mine tailings dumped into water; what/where are brown fields; no CCL booklets provided by EPA; how to be self sufficient(off the grid); how to get AZ legislature to address env. issues in future. All the 7 panelists gave a brief wrap up as well encouraging citizen democracy/participation, continuing lobbying efforts, walking the talk, attending forums, Envivison Tucson Sustainable festival on Nov. 12, Env. Day at legislature next year.


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