Michele Eggers Barison I am interested in addressing the interrelated issues of environmental and economic exploitation, poverty, repression, and violence, which often force individuals and communities to leave their home countries. I have visually documented environmental rights abuses in Central and South America as well as coordinated speaking engagements and outreach for human rights delegations to help raise awareness about these issues. My vision of creating the Eugene Environmental Film Festival is to bring people together across geographic boundaries to address critical environmental issues facing our planet and to acknowledge the people in the struggle for environmental justice.
Ana McAbee I have always had a spiritual connection to the environment. My connection strengthened when I moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Oregon, and was able to connect more with wilderness. Living in Oregon has given me humility and a great sense of appreciation for the natural environment not only in Oregon but globally. It is vitally important to me to advance the goal of a healthy planet by raising awareness of environmental issues and strengths. Art and film are highly effective ways to highlight critical issues and to draw focus to ongoing efforts toward making positive change. Art and film also provide some relief and rectification to the environmental damage already done. I am optimistic about our future and am compelled to do anything in my power to move towards a healthy future for our children and our planet.
Sarah grew up playing in the creek and climbing trees around her house. She has fond memories of sleeping under the stars, swimming in the Eel River and hiking in the redwoods. As an adult she has enjoyed hiking, skiing and playing on the beach in Oregon. Her deepest connection to the land developed by living in the countryside outside of Eugene and experiencing the changes of the seasons and witnessing the impact of climate change in her own garden. She is passionate about growing and preserving food for her family and founded Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden) in order to offer Latino immigrant families the same opportunity. Most recently, Sarah taught as an adjunct professor at Pacific University in the Masters of Social Work Program.
Jojo DeLong I’m Jojo, a graduate social work student fueled by working with others to advocate for social justice. My background in cultural anthropology gave me a passion for learning about how people interact with the environment and nurtured further curiosity about how we can create positive change in the world. I am passionate about film as an avenue for spreading awareness and motivating people to action. In my spare time, you can find me in a hot spring, on the basketball court, or camping in the woods.
Lisa Fragala Originally, I moved to Oregon to work for the Forest Service surveying threatened and endangered species like the Marbled Murrelet and Spotted Owl. I fell in love with the woods in Oregon and grew to understand what a precious resource it is; how important it is that we protect it. Now I understand that environmental politics are deeply about social justice issues. Communities of color & indigenous communities are impacted at a much higher rate by environmental degradation and will be much more impacted by Climate change. Again as a citizen of planet Earth I feel a deep responsibility to not only protect the planet, but also to think about the people who are most impacted by what is happening. It is an honor to get to work on the Eugene Environmental Film Festival and to bring our community together around these important issues. See you at the Fest!