SOCAN joined an array of Progressive organizations sharing their concerns and focus at Emigrant Lake on Sunday August 20, meeting under the auspices of Rogue Revolutionaries, a local collaboration associated with Grassroots Impact, a statewide group interested in: promoting Economic, Environmental, Social, and Racial Justice.

City of Rogue River School District teacher Marie Reeder illustrates an easy low-cost demonstration of how carbon dioxide causes atmospheric warming.

The Southern Oregon Regional Environmental Education Leaders (SOREEL) annually offer their August Institute as a series of workshops providing local teachers with hand-on materials they can use in their classrooms.  SOCAN collaborated with City of Rogue River School District teacher Marie Reeder to offer a workshop entitled “Connecting Climate Change to Outdoor Education in the Rogue Basin.”   While Alan Journet and Kathy Conway focused on the science of global warming, Marie Reeder offered exercises and materials demonstrating carbon dioxide as a warming gas, and how regional forest systems are likely to change during the coming decades.

Southern Oregon Regional Environmental Education Leaders (SOREEL) annually hold an education event in August for regional teachers.  This year, the Resource Fair was held at Science Works Hands on Museum in Ashland.  SOCAN was present to offer teachers information on SOCAN activities and materials for teachers.  Many thanks to Anne and Michael Meiring for join us at the display booth.

Justin Gillis, New York Times, August 18, 2017

Eclipse mania will peak on Monday, when millions of Americans will upend their lives in response to a scientific prediction.

Friends of mine in Georgia plan to drive 70 miles to find the perfect spot on a South Carolina golf course to observe the solar eclipse. Many Americans will drive farther than that, or fly, to situate themselves in the “path of totality,” the strip of the country where the moon is predicted to blot out the sun entirely.

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SOCAN Co-facilitator, Kathy Conway

SOCAN MCP Administrative Coordinator Eric Dittmer

Kathy Conway and Eric Dittmer on the Jefferson Exchange, August 10, 2017

We already have master gardeners and master recyclers in our midst.

Now you can add a title: master climate protector.  It puts action into the concept of “think globally, act locally.”

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Guest Column by Louise Shawkat, Ashland Daily Tidings, July 14 2017

When I had chicken pox, measles or the all-too-frequent severe sore throat, I had to stay home from school. My cradle was a double bed with four tall posts. I had so much fun cutting out paper dolls and hanging their fancy clothes on the lines I strung from one post to another. To soothe my aching body, Ma fixed cool drinks over ice with a clear glass straw. These straws lasted forever. Skipping ahead 50 years, while I was rummaging through a warehouse of medical supplies to take to an orphanage in Kenya, I had a eureka moment: I found a glass straw! I was delighted to find this obsolete and long-forgotten source of comfort.

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Tess Riley,  The Guardian, July 10, 2017

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.

The Carbon Majors Report (pdf) “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions,” says Pedro Faria, technical director at environmental non-profit CDP, which published the report in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute.

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SOCAN.info has changed to SOCAN.eco

You can still use SOCAN.info and it will automatically go to our new url. However, eventually, you’ll need to change to SOCAN.eco

What is .eco?

Unlike many other domains, .ECO has a clearly articulated use case – it’s a dedicated extension for organizations, businesses, and products, and individuals who are committed to positive change for the planet. Like SOCAN, many organizations are engaged in important sustainability related work. This makes .ECO  a relevant extension for us.

Who developed .eco?

The new domains ending in .ECO were founded by Jacob Malthouse and Trevor Bowden, two former environmentalists and UNEP staffers. They began building a coalition of environmental support for .eco in 2008 and in partnership with the environmental community, applied for the .eco new web address ending in 2012. Now, .eco has officially launched to world. Even better, .eco is a Certified B Corp based in Vancouver, BC and is the only web address ending that has the support of the environmental community and requires pledged commitment to sustainability. SOCAN is proud to join this new community.

Who is using .eco?

The .eco domain is backed by more than 50 organizations including:

            
SOCAN - Confronting Climate Change

Story by Elizabeth Ruiz, KOBI-TV5 June 1, 2017; interview with SOCAN Co-facilitator Alan Journet

Medford, Ore. — Southern Oregon Climate Action Now says climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity and thinks pulling out of the Paris climate accord poses a severe threat to future generations.
“The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” announced President Trump Thursday.
The United States is backing out of a deal in which the U.S. pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025.
“In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens,” President Trump said.
President Trump says he doesn’t think the current agreement is fair, but he’s willing to negotiate a new deal.

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Sarah  Kaplan, Washington Post, June 3 2017

Jakob Namson peered up at the towering ponderosa pine before him. He looked at his notebook, which was full of calculations scribbled in pencil. Then he looked back at the pine. If his math was right — and it nearly always is — then he would need to plant 36 trees just like this one to offset the 831 pounds of carbon dioxide that his drive to school emits each year.

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