The Future of Oregon's Climate Movement

Oregon Climate is a volunteer-driven organization that empowers Oregonians to win real climate policy, building the model for a timely global transition to a clean energy economy.  

Inspired by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and founded in 2013, Oregon Climate is run by a board of young leaders that support focused grassroots organizing statewide. We jointly recognize the urgent need for legislation to curb our current climate trajectory, and unify our diverse strengths behind a plan that can work. 

Our state can be the model for a root solution to climate change and carbon pollution.  We believe the states are the laboratories for democracy, and Congress needs an effective model to craft federal legislation.  Oregon can lead the country with the most cost-effective climate policy available: a price on greenhouse gas pollution. It's time to place a fee or cap on fossil fuels. Returning all the money raised from pricing carbon back to Oregonians in an annual check will power a just, swift and lasting transition to a new economy.

Oregon Climate presents our state with the chance to trailblaze the path to environmental and economic stability, and empowers each of us to realize our potential to tackle this issue together.  It is time for Oregonians to come together and take responsibility for our shared future. We invite you: Join our community, and power the movement! 

"The world thirsts for one nation, one state, to place a flat fee across all polluting carbon fuels. Oregon Climate just might lead the world toward that goal."

- James Hansen, Former Head of NASA Goddard Institute 

 

 

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    Weather versus Climate

    This blog post was originally published on Two Green Leaves: Climate Change from the Affected Generation. Jeremy Clark is a 6th grader in Portland, Oregon. 

    I recently posted an article about glacials and interglacials which also had plenty of info about how to confront a skeptic in the argument that climate change is a natural process which it totally isn't. I thought it would be fun to post another argument about climate change. Andrew Dessler has a book called "An Introduction to Modern Climate Change" and in one part of his book he explains very clearly the difference between predicting the weather in the near future rather than the long run.

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    Jeremy and Two Green Leaves' co-author, Charlie Abrams 

    Here is kind of what you want to say:

    NOTE: Try to make a crystal clear difference between weather and climate.

    "The reason we are so sure that the climate will get warmer but not so sure what the weather will be tomorrow is simple. Weather is short term climate. When you ask about how the weather will be tomorrow this is probably kind of what you will say: "How is the weather going to be tomorrow?" What you wouldn't say is: "How is the climate going to be tomorrow?" Also, what you don't want to say is: "How will the weather be like in 300 years?" You would be using the word climate, not weather. Here is another example: Let's say we have found that the level of water near the mouth of the Columbia River has gone down. Recently, ocean temperatures have been 3.6 degrees C warmer than average by the Pacific Coast. Methane levels have been higher and stratospheric ozone levels have been lower. This explains the warmer oceans which explains that inch of evaporated water by the mouth of the Columbia. Researchers at NOAA have seen higher levels of precipitation in Washington and it is thought that is where the water has gone. Still, the precipitation has been kind of on and off and they have been having trouble predicting when and how much it will rain while researchers at the IPCC have found a predictable domino effect of lower ozone levels and higher methane levels over the Pacific Ocean."

    I hope you use this in an argument!

     

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