Green Friday Potlucks (Northern Alameda County Group)
Friday, June 8 – “Creating Chile’s Patagonia National Park: Conservación Patagónica’s model of wilderness protection”
Green Friday Potlucks are held on the second Friday of each month at the Sierra Club Office at 2530 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. An optional “zero waste” potluck dinner begins at 6 pm followed by our speaker’s presentation from 7 until 8:30. Please bring a healthful dish to share. Suggested donation $2. Beverages and tableware will be provided. To RSVP (appreciated but not required), to volunteer, or for more information, contact Ken Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joanne Drabek at (510)530-5216.
Conservación Patagónica is dedicated to creating national parks that protect and restore wildlands and biodiversity, inspire care for the natural world, and generate healthy economic alternatives for communities in Patagonia. Its current focus, the Patagonia National Park project in Chile’s Aysen Region, will be a 650,000-acre new protected area in key habitat, with full public access. As of 2012 the organization is over halfway through this ambitious initiative.
Our speaker, Nadine Lehner, communications director at Conservación Patagónica, has worked with Kris and Doug Tompkins on the creation of national parks in Chile for three years, splitting her time between Patagonia and the Bay Area. As one of the principle team members in the Patagonia National Park project, she manages its communications, outreach, and development, while helping to oversee the volunteer and intern programs.