You and I Have Solutions to Our Climate Crisis

Drawdown the CO2 Emissions: Reverse Global Warming by 2050

We don’t have to feel the pain of seeing temperatures rise, ice and snow packs melt, or migrants having to flee coastal or equatorial regions because of climate damage. The big news that each of us needs to know is that comprehensive, real solutions–ones that we can implement locally–already exist or are on the current drawing board. If we take part in implementing these changes in our communities, it is possible to “roll back global warming by 2050.”

Join fellow Oregonians and others for a five-session online course that presents 100 current, specific, substantive solutions. Two hundred scientists and researchers from 22 countries identify and model answers that each of us can put into practice into our own local places of living and community.

Put the following dates on your calendar: November 8, 15, 22 and December 6, 13, 2020. Click here to register or learn more.

Private Screening: Other Side of the Hill

“Other Side of the Hill” shows how rural communities in Eastern Oregon are reaping economic rewards now by transcending the toxic partisan rhetoric of climate change. Come join our screening and be inspired.

From the filmmaker, James M Parker: “Other Side of the Hill explores the impacts of a changing climate in rural Eastern Oregon – as seen through the eyes of local leaders on the ground. From innovative timber operations in Wallowa County to large scale solar in Lakeview, we amplify the voices of rural communities often left unheard. In a time of unprecedented cultural divide between rural and urban Oregon, we find common ground in an urgency to address a changing landscape.”

View the trailer, which is also on Facebook. View the Facebook Event.

The 30-minute film will be followed by Q&A with the filmmaker James Parker, as well as leaders in Rogue Valley renewable energy initiatives. 

WHEN: On Thursday, October 29, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thank you to SOCAN-Ashland Climate Action Project for organizing this effort and hosting this as a free private Zoom screening.

Our chapter is glad to offer our support and partner for this event! Other partners include Ashland Works, Climate Reality Project-Southwestern Oregon Chapter, Geos Institute, McCloud Watershed Council, Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, Rogue Community College Earth Club, Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance, Sustainable Rogue Valley, and Sustainability at Southern Oregon University.  

You must RSVP to attend. Mail to: carmen@socan.eco

Yes We Can! October Solutions

Climate Reality SW Oregon Chapter
Presents
“Yes, We Can!” Climate Solutions

Local efforts. Global efforts. Efforts through science, industry, government initiatives, individual initiatives. This section delivers positive solutions we can learn about, share with others, and support. Read on and see where you can join in on making a livable climate.

Save the planet?! Yes, we can!

Each One of Us Makes a Climate Difference

Self-doubt can dog us all. We all can wonder the following: What can I really do anyway? Does my vote really count? If I delete a phishing email, does it really block the worm that could open the channel to my company’s data and finances? Is there anything really, that I can personally do to change the global climate for the better? The answer is yes.

For all the negative environmental impacts that that destroy ecosystems and atmosphere, and ratchet up a cascade of climate damage, there are practical solutions that we can do to start healing the earth and our climate.

Once we marshal the facts and get a grasp of positives as well as the negatives of climate reality, we will understand that yes, we can save the world. One person can make a difference. A group of people can make a difference.

Integrate Solutions into every Climate Endeavor

This feature section of the Climate Reality SW Oregon Chapter will highlight the solutions that we can do to change the diagnosis for the Earth’s health from dismal to fit. Some of these solutions are in place and can be done today. Some are on the drawing board. Teams of
community, science, government, and individuals are coordinating and collaborating on positive changes.

Stay in Solution, Stay Inspired

Two “gung ho” concepts to get us moving toward solutions:
(1) Remember the three R’s—Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.
(2) Remember the three S’s—Speak up, Share knowledge and resources, Show others how it is done!

The best environmental book on individual effort making a difference is George Saves the World by Lunchtime by Jo Readman and Ley Honor Roberts. This intergenerational story illustrates how George and his Grandpa “save the world” between breakfast and lunch.
How?
> They reduce—use less gas by cycling.
> They re-use—say goodbye to old clothes, books, and toys; they repair items instead of buying new.
> They recycle—they sort plastic, cans, glass, and paper so they can be made into new products.
Super-hero capes are optional!

Your effort. My effort. Global efforts. Our efforts. This section is to remind us that we can positively impact the environment. No action is too little when done with environmental intention for healing.

Start small, or start big, but start learning, acting, and speaking up to heal the planet!

Upcoming “Yes, We Can!” Solutions Post

First solution story will look at the Master Recycler Program (MRP) in Oregon, as demonstrated by the current MRP program sponsored for Linn and Benton Counties in the Willamette Valley. A Fall 2020 Master Recycler Program, jointly facilitated by Oregon State
University Campus Recycling and Republic Services of Corvallis, started its 10-week online training on Sept 28.

Article by Molly Minahan Miller

24 Hours of Reality : Chapter special presentation

Join former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and other members of the Southwestern Oregon Chapter of The Climate Reality Project as we talk climate in Oregon and globally. Learn more about the science and how climate will effect drought, fires, and fairness for all. The presentation will also include solutions that are happening right now and in development.

Registration is now closed. Thank you to all who attended!

#24HoursOfReality #JoinTheCountdown Find the event on Facebook.