A Reinvigorated Battle Cry for the Climate by Jessie Bond

August 13, 2015

For years, conversations around global warming have been volleying back and forth between dire predictions and outright denial. Most of the discussion has centered on scientific data and the economic impact of dealing with climate change. But the plea to protect our planet from the worst effects of rising temperatures has not fully resonated because most people have been overlooking an important human motivator: our own morality.

Until now. In May, Pope Francis took a stand and brought the climate change conversation to a new global level. In a 184-page encyclical, the Pope delivered a powerful critique on modern life. He addressed not only the fact that humans have contributed to the degradation of our planet but that we have a moral responsibility to our own and other species. He called for a sweeping “cultural revolution,” and among the many pages offered some guidance for every government, community, and individual. This call to action sparked a renewed energy to confront climate change and the enormous ecological, economic, and social imbalances that are root causes of the crisis.

Many cities across the globe are heeding this call and beginning to roll out plans to combat climate change at the local level. In fact, in the wake of the Pope’s statement, the Portland City Council and Multnomah County Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt the joint 2015 Climate Action Plan. This continues a 20-year legacy: Portland was the first city in the United States to create a plan for cutting carbon in 1993. Total carbon emissions in the U.S. have risen since the 1990s, but Portland’s emissions have actually declined by 14%, while its population has increased by almost a third.

The updated joint city-county plan is intended to strengthen the local effort to reduce carbon emissions by 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. This is the level experts feel is needed worldwide to prevent devastating climate disruption from global warming.

Issues of equity and justice, which have largely been missing from the global climate conversation as Pope Francis points out, are finally getting serious consideration. The city-county plan, which was developed with the help of an equity working group, reflects this. Along with minimizing fossil fuel use, the plan focuses on ensuring that all city and county residents benefit from climate action.

At the Sierra Club we know that ensuring a livable climate for everyone is the biggest challenge of our age. The Oregon Chapter is working to educate the public, mobilize communities, and support the growing and thriving climate movement, and there are many ways you can get involved:

  • Find out what the joint city-county action plan means for Portland and Multnomah County at our Third Thursday event: Our Climate, Our Future: the Portland/Multnomah County Climate Action Plan at 6:30 p.m. at the Sierra Club office.
  • Hear what local faith leaders have to say about the moral implications of the climate crisis and how to build powerful coalitions at our Third Thursday event: Acting on Faith: The Moral Imperative of the Climate Crisis at 6:30 p.m. at the Sierra Club office.
  • Support our Protect State Forests campaign. We are fighting to preserve the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests, which, as part of the Pacific Northwest temperate forest range, store much of the carbon on the planet.
  • Find out about our new You CAN Corvallis training for youth climate activists to push the Corvallis City Council to pass a climate action plan with significant greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Leaders like Pope Francis remind us that we can better build resilient communities only when everyone is included. It’s the shared human responsibility as Carl Sagan wrote, “to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot.” Taking a moral stand in being good and decent to others and to our world is what is going to help us and other species survive.


Stand up for Oregon. No Pipelines. No LNG. Call-in Days of Action! Wednesday August 12th and August 26th (All Day)

August 7, 2015

People from all over the state are standing up to two proposed fracked gas export terminal and pipeline proposals in Oregon and we need you to join us!No LNG Logo

Last week, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a draft environmental review for the Oregon LNG terminal and pipeline near Astoria Oregon. The Environmental Impact Statement for Oregon LNG didn’t address the impacts to public health and safety, endangered salmon, or the economy. With FERC also planning to issue their Final Impact Statement for Jordan Cove here in Southern Oregon on September 30th, we need our state officials to stand up for Oregon NOW!

Salem LNG Rally-May 26 2015

On Wednesday, August 12th or August 26th please join us for statewide call-in days to flood the offices of  Gov. Brown and our U.S. Senators Merkley and Wyden asking them to stand up for Oregon! Please take 10 minutes on August 12th or August 26th to call and ask Gov. Brown officials to deny key state permits for these projects and prepare to defend Oregon’s interests in court if FERC approves these projects! We also are looking to our federal senators to stand up for Oregon’s right to deny LNG terminals.

Find all the details, phone numbers and talking points for the call-in by clicking here: Call in Day Instructions and Talking Points. It also important that we keep track of how many calls we are making and the impact they have. After you make your calls please take a moment to fill out the tracking form HERE to record the results of your call.

Please spread the word!

______________________________________________________________________________ Support Hike the Pipe! (August 22- September 27)

This summer, a group of Oregonians will hike through 232 miles of beautiful and scenic southwestern Oregon to protest the Jordan Cove pipeline and export terminal. Hike the Pipe is a community action that will draw attention to the communities and ecosystems threatened by the Pacific Connector Pipeline. We need community support to make this project happen! Please learn more about Hike the Pipe by watching the video below and donate to the project today!


Third Thursday Potluck & Presentation: Environmental Impacts of Trade Promotion Authority and the TPP

March 16, 2015

Third Thursday Potluck & Presentation

Join us for a potluck and presentation on the environmental impacts of Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Fast Track, and the TransPacific Partnership.

 WHEN: March 19th at 6:00pm

 WHERE: Oregon Chapter Sierra Club office (1821 SE Ankeny St. Portland OR)

 WHY: Meet, eat, and learn how Congress, the United State Trade Representative, and the President fall short on their promises and ideals for how to protect our environment here and abroad.

 Included in the presentation will be:

  • A brief history of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), how it works and why it was created,
  • What TPA could mean for the TPP,
  • How TPP may impact Oregon jobs, environmental protections abroad, and timber and agriculture exports here in Oregon
  • Investor-State-Dispute-Settlement (ISDS) – what it is and how it’s used
  • What’s Congress doing?? Update on Sen. Wyden-Sen. Hatch negotiations and where our Representatives stand.

Please bring a dish or drink to share, come with questions and let’s keep the pressure on Congress to draft responsible trade legislation!

Please RSVP here on Meetup or here on Facebook.

Call or email me with any questions – hope to see you Thursday!

Morgan Gratz-Weiser

morgan.gratzweiser@sierraclub.org 

707-672-2618

 


Call for Photos: Announcing the HDC 50th Anniversary Photo Contest

June 11, 2014

Oregon Chapter Sierra Club High Desert Committee

Call for Photos

Calling all photographers! Your help is needed. You’re invited to submit your best shots of Oregon’s wilderness areas for a chance to be featured in the Oregon Sierra Club High Desert Committee’s Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Photography Exhibit this fall. Both professional and amateur photo submissions are encouraged.

High Desert_2What is the Sierra Club High Desert Committee’s Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Photography Exhibit?

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this year, the Sierra Club High Desert Committee will be putting on a photography exhibit highlighting the wilderness places that are yet to be protected in our very own state of Oregon. By exhibiting these photographs, we hope to increase the awareness and inspiration to protect these areas.

Submission Deadline: Friday, August 1st, 2014 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time 

Submission Guidelines:

  • Both professional and amateur photography submissions are encouraged
  • Submit up to five (5) images per photographer allowed
  • Selected photographs will be featured in the Sierra Club High Desert Committee’s Wilderness Act
    50th Anniversary Photography Exhibit Event in the fall 2014.
  • Photographers will need to complete a Photographer Permission as part of the submission.
    Download the form here:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5xbJhEjqTTwR1ktTTZudndrV3c/edit?usp=sharing
  • Elements or objects not in original scene should be added.
  • Electronic submissions only, please. E-mail images to hndahlin@mac.com with subject line: HDC 
    WildAct 50th Photo Exhibit Submission 
  • Electronic photograph submission requirements:
    • Photograph must be submitted in JPG format
    • 5 MB at least but no bigger than 10 MB
    • Each photograph must include:
      • Image description
      • Location
      • Photographer name
  • *** 300 dpi format might be requested for selected images. Photographers will be contacted.
  • If submission requirements are not followed, the image submitted may not be considered.
  • Photographs must be taken within areas listed.
  • Any wilderness scene whether wildlife, plants or scenic landscape are eligible.
  • Any watermark must be removed.

Photograph Locations:

Images from Oregon’s wilderness areas that are yet to be protected, with an emphasis on locations listed below will be selected for the exhibit. Photos from high priority areas and locations are preferred but all photos from Oregon’s wilderness areas yet to be protected will be considered.

Current campaigns:

Terms and Conditions (in addition to the Photograph Permission): 

  • Photographs will be accepted only from the original photographer who must be the sole author and owner of the copyright for photos submitted.
  • Selected photographs will be printed only once for the purpose of the exhibit. Use of the printed photographs may be used for future exhibits and fund-raising events by the Sierra Club.

Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social and find out if you qualify for a free home energy assessment!

June 27, 2011
Ice Cream and an Energy Audit! Man vs Ice Cream

RSVP Today!

Learn about new financial incentives, available for a limited time, to make qualified homes more energy efficient — with no upfront costs.

While the kids enjoy three-legged races and other classic games, you’ll find out how Sierra Club’s non-profit partner, Clean Energy Works Oregon, cuts through red tape to help homeowners identify, analyze, and finance their energy improvement projects. Complete with fun-filled games for all ages, this is a perfect way to familiarize yourself with affordable ways to reduce your home’s energy consumption in a relaxed setting.

Sierra Club staff, certified contractors, and satisfied CEWO homeowners will be available to answer questions.
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WHAT:  Home energy efficiency:
new financial incentives and ice cream!
HOW:  Old-fashioned games, brief info session,
Q&A with home energy experts
WHEN: Sunday, July 31
1:00 PM
WHERE: Grant Park picnic pavilion at northeast edge/NE 36th Ave and NE Brazee St
 
Click here to join us!

If you’d like more information about this event, CEWO, or would like to volunteer please contact Benn Davenport: benn.davenport[at]sierraclub[dot]org or 503-238-0442 x307

See you this Sunday at the Park!

Benn Davenport,
Conservation Program Coordinator: Energy Efficient Homes
Sierra Club
(503) 238-0442 x307
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PS: Do you qualify for a free energy assessment?  Apply at www.CEWO.org and use Sierra Club’s instant rebate code, COHRA012(that’s zero, one, two).  Applying is easy and won’t commit you to the program until you’re ready.Spread the word! Share this event with your friends, family and colleagues! You can also post it to your social networks with these handy links:
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