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For Oregonians who accept science and are concerned that climate science, like medical science, provides credible insights about how we should respond to an approaching crisis, 2020 started as a disappointing year. Republicans in the state legislature walked out on a climate action proposal that would have required a rapid reduction in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and benefited rural Oregonians economically, while simultaneously protecting low-income Oregonians and impacted communities. By thwarting this legislation, Republicans effectively forced Governor Brown to do what any responsible Governor would under such circumstances: develop a program that would serve as the best substitute for SB1530 that her limited authority allows. Thus, for those concerned about the climate crisis, Spring was saved on March 10th when Governor Brown signed Executive Order 20-04 establishing an Oregon Climate Action Plan.
The Southern Oregon Climate Action Now May meeting will bring back the planned March meeting - compromised by the coronavirus pandemic, but this time as a ZOOM and Facebook live-streamed event. We will consider where climate action now stands in Oregon. The event will be Tuesday May 26th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. During the meeting, we will explore what the Governor’s Executive Order does, how its provisions differ from SB1530, and what we can do now to get involved. The presentations will be delivered by SOCAN co-facilitators Kathy Conway and Alan Journet, along with local social justice and climate activist Caren Caldwell. In addition, local champions of climate action in Oregon, Representative Pam Marsh and Senator Jeff Golden will be on hand to offer perspectives from their respective chambers.
Please join our Facebook Live on Tuesday May 26th at 6:00 pm via the SOCAN Facebook page at facebook.com/SOClimate.