The Paris Agreement 101

This event is over. View the recording and plenty of info and resources on our global solutions from Oregon post!

The Eiffel Tower in Paris France. The Paris Accords, an international agreement to keep earth’s temperature below 1.5 C was signed in 2015. We are not yet anywhere near meeting these goals.

“What goes on at Climate Change COPs?” Now that the U.S. has rejoined the Paris Climate Accords under President Biden, it is more important than ever to learn how the international debate on climate change is conducted and what the U.S. will be participating in going forward.  Join us February 10th at 4pm for a presentation and discussion about the Paris Agreement, COP26, and the work of the United Nations UNFCCC led by The Climate Reality Project SW Oregon Chapter’s two COP alums, Grace Doleshel and Zac Pinard.

This is an opportunity to learn the basics–COP, what? Paris, which?–then dig a little deeper, as well as learn how to get connected with the global effort from right here in beautiful Oregon.

This discussion and presentation offered in partnership with Oregon State University UNFCCC and student programs.

Want to get prepped and ready to go for the discussion? Read up on The Paris Agreement at The Climate Reality Project.

Our Presenters:

Zac Pinard grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to the Pacific Northwest for college. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Environmental Science, specializing in Environmental Economics and Policy. In 2020, he worked as a legislative assistant for the chair of the Oregon House Committee on Energy and the Environment. During that short session, he gained significant exposure to the political battle surrounding an economy-wide carbon pricing bill. He hopes he can take that experience forward to help implement robust carbon pricing mechanisms throughout the nation.


Grace is a 19 year old environmental activist and student at Oregon State University pursuing a BS in Environmental Public Policy with a minor in Social Justice. She has worked in environmental advocacy and policy since age 14 and has policy experience at a local, state, national and international level, most recently she attended the COP 25 Climate Conference in Madrid, Spain.  Grace’s experience includes environmental education, policy, public speaking and writing.  She currently works as the Coordinator of Environmental Affairs for the Associated Students of Oregon State University 


Frank Granshaw is a retired geoscience educator, glacial geologist, and insufferably proud grandpa from Portland, Oregon. In addition to being actively involved  in climate education and advocacy through Portland State University, the Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon’s Creation Justice Program, American Geophysical Union, and the Oregon Science Network of the Union of Concerned Scientists, he has been an observer delegate to two UN Climate summits and is one of the founders of the PDX Climate Bridge.


Oregon Grassroots Organize for Climate

On March 10, 2020, surrounded by young people, Oregon Governor Kate Brown responded to the outcry for Climate by signing Executive Order 20-04 into law. This Executive Order mandated deep changes affecting almost every aspect of life in the state, not just for a reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions, but for the development of renewable alternatives and other climate solutions that would put Oregon at the forefront to save the planet.

“Gov Brown be a Climate Hero!” Lobby Day in 2018 featured this banner in an effort led by 350Eugene and Oregon activist coalitions. Following a failure of Oregon State legislators to pass climate legislation in session, Governor Brown signed a comprehensive and wide reaching Executive Order addressing Climate Change.
Photo by Backbone Campaign CC BY 2.0 cropped

It was a marvelous day, an amazing achievement, and … complicated. This magnificent Executive Order, EO 20-04, is now known as the Oregon Climate Action Plan. Just as climate change touches almost every part of our daily lives, the Oregon Climate Action Plan calls on just about every state agency to address the effort–some with very clear mandates for emissions reductions and energy efficiencies.


WHEREAS, given the urgency and severity…for future generations…

(Read the Executive Order here. )


It is a little daunting, but the sheer enormity of the effort is necessary. Even more necessary is the continued commitment of Oregonians to ensure these new policies are put into effect. And Oregonians are committed. A green army of everyone from everyday folks to experts, citizens to organizations, have mobilized to support the work of the state agencies as they figure out how to bring the Oregon Climate Action Plan to Life.

The Southwestern Oregon Chapter of The Climate Reality Project was glad to be a small part of this big effort. On January 15, 2021, 4pm, the chapter had the opportunity to host Madison Daisy Hathaway of Renew Oregon who walked us through what the statewide Grassroots organizing effort looks like now. It is a presentation focused on how we as Oregonians can support the Oregon climate coalition efforts and keep up the energy for the climate movement.

Madison Daisy, Renew Oregon

About the presentation and video: Madison Daisy Hathaway provided a brief overview of Executive Order 20-04, explained the current structure of the OCAP Coalition working on the rulemaking related to the EO, and shared opportunities for grassroots advocates to get involved.  

Madison Daisy Hathaway, Renew Oregon’s Oregon Climate Action Plan Coalition Coordinator, mobilizes grassroots partners in an effort to pass, then support, a robust Cap & Invest program. She brought hundreds of youth leaders into the campaign and has a deep passion for introducing youth to the legislative process and providing them with the skills to be effective climate policy advocates. Prior to joining Renew, she worked for the Sunrise Movement in New York City as the Regional Lead Organizer. There, she and her team elected strong climate champions to the NY state legislature. Madison Daisy holds a BS in Quantitative Economics and Sustainable Urban Development from the Portland State Honor’s College.

Interested in getting plugged in?


Looking to get involved, learn more about The Climate Reality Project and/or join a chapter!

Senator Jeff Merkley and the work of the Climate Crisis

Oregon wide follow up meeting for climate legislation THIS Thursday, December 17, at noon. Register here, more information below.

On December 9th, Senator Jeff Merkley addressed an unprecedented gathering of climate leaders, organizations and citizens, attendees of A Climate Convergence, a symposium that brought together Executive Directors, legislators, and grassroots organizers from across the country to talk about climate change. Specifically, to gather together and listen for the express purpose of passing climate change legislation nationally.

Senator Jeff Merkley speaking at Session One of the Climate Convergence symposium on December 9, 2020.

This national effort touches every state and every legislative district. Which means that in Oregon, we are an vital part of the effort.

A number of climate leaders in Oregon have engaged the Climate Crisis Policy effort. Last month climate leaders in Oregon met together to learn more about the Climate Crisis Policy initiative. Then December 9 and 10 folks tuned in to two days of panels which included Oregon’s own Senator Jeff Merkley and Climate Reality Project’s President and CEO, Ken Berlin.

On Thursday, December 17th at noon, the Oregon-wide effort resumes with a meeting to listen again to Senator Merkley’s address and discussion, and talk about what national climate legislation might look life through this initiative from an Oregon perspective.

Register here for the meeting, and please share and invite others you think will be interested. At our first meeting we had a terrific and hope-filled discussion. After the success of the symposium, there is even more to think about and to celebrate.

A big thank you to Senator Jeff Merkley for responding to the requests of Oregon organizers from across the state to speak at the symposium!

A big thank you, also, to the many chapters of the Climate Reality Project across the country who are involved with the Climate Crisis Policy initiative and the climate action effort. Things are moving! And we need everybody.

Questions? Additions? email our chapter.

Climate Convergence–Event

Happening this week! Something unprecedented is happening. On December 9 and 10 Climate organizers, organizations, concerned citizens and elected leaders will come together for a two day conversation looking forward to how to plan and pass policies to protect, preserve and restore this planet with justice and fairness.

The Southern Oregon Chapter of The Climate Reality Project is proud to join other chapters and organizations as a co-sponsor of the event. (A number of Oregonians are involved, please email us if you want to learn more.) Don’t miss Session 4: Policy Sector Coalitions as Ken Berlin, President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, will be contributing to the panel.

We are also grateful to our Senator Jeff Merkley! Oregon’s climate champion in the senate will be speaking on the first day of the event.

Learn more about the symposium here. Register and Please share!

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.