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

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