Join Youth Climate and Conservation Rally Olympia Jan 13!

Orca with Mt Rainier in the background. Spawning salmon  swimming upsteam.

Youth conservation leaders are organizing a spirited rally in Olympia, WA, on Jan. 13 to advocate for salmon, orcas, breaching the Lower Snake River Dams, upholding tribal rights, and sustainable renewable energy.  Details are below.  NOOP is an event partner with the youth group organizers.

If you can be in Olympia for this great event, please join us in your orca suit!  And whether you personally can attend, please encourage any friends and family to attend if possible to support these young people taking up the torch! 

Contact Maanit Goel,, director of WYORCA, with any questions.

High school students: this event counts for volunteer hours!


·         9:15am – Doors open at Olympia Ballroom

·         10:00am – Keynote Speakers

·         11:00am – March to capitol steps begins

·         12:00pm – Youth speakers on the Capitol steps

·         12:30pm – Photo opportunities and demonstration at the Capitol steps


·         Water bottle

·         Lunch/snacks

·         Dress for the weather! Expect cold temperatures, and be prepared for rain

·         Signs advocating climate action and/or salmon and orca conservation (optional but highly encouraged!)

·         Friends and family!



Maanit Goel, Eastlake High School, Sammamish, WA Youth Ocean & River Cons. Alliance (WYORCA): Maanit Goel (he/him) is a 16yo high school junior and the chair of the WA Youth Ocean & River Conservation Alliance (WYORCA), a team of students across Washington educating K-12 students on Chinook salmon and Southern Resident orca conservation, and mobilizing regional youth voices for Snake River restoration in outreach to Congressional offices.

Owen Begley-Collier, Roosevelt High School, Seattle, Snake River Savers: Owen is the leader of the events and public education “pod” in the grassroots organization Snake River Savers. He has loved orcas since 1st grade and has organized many rallies and protests dedicated to protecting orca.

Henry Roller, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Snake River Savers: Henry is the leader of the media and content “pod” for Snake River Savers. He also collaborates with Youth Salmon Protectors to frequently host educational presentations and postcard writing sessions about salmon and orca conservation.

Liam Pratt, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Students for Climate Action: Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Liam developed a great appreciation for the region’s natural biodiversity. Since getting involved in climate activism, he has made it his goal to protect it and get others involved in the defense of our planet.


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