Leonard Higgins is retired from a 31 year career with Oregon state government focused on budget, contracts and project management for large information technology projects. He credits his awakening about social justice and climate change threats to a 2007 workshop from Joanna Macy, and her book, “Active Hope”. He believes in the Unitarian Universalist principles including “The inherent worth and dignity of every person”, and “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part“. He was a cofounder of the Corvallis chapter of 350.org in 2012, and has been an organizer and participant in many social and climate justice efforts since then. Leonard was called to direct action in 2013 to support Native American Nations in blocking transport through Oregon of tar sands extraction equipment. Along with other climate justice work, he continues to participate in direct actions including the May 2016 two day railway blockade of crude oil unit trains in Anacortes, Washington during global Break Free protests.
“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik