Project Leaders – Ed Patterson & Bill Gorham

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Project Description

Coastal SOCAN is made up primarily of people who live on the Oregon Coast and generally focuses on issues related to the coast. Through monthly meetings, talks to local groups, letters to the editor and guest columns, and interactions with other environmental groups along the coast, we seek to educate people in Curry County on the causes, current negative effects, and projected greater negative effects of greenhouse gas emissions.

Goals

  • Stimulate individuals in the local community to take actions personally to reduce the impacts of climate change.
  • Nurture civil conversations on the local effects of greenhouse gas emissions such as ocean acidification, localized warming of the oceans, changes to the winds affecting oxygen levels in the shallow near shore, and warmer oceans stimulating increased domoic acid production in phytoplankton.
  • Engage with all ages in the discussion of the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Educate individuals on the opportunities that can come from actively moving from a fossil fuel based energy system to a carbon-free energy system.
  • Provide opportunities for individuals to combine their personal efforts to reduce their carbon footprint with those efforts of others through coordinated letter and email writing campaigns, directed phone campaigns, and other cooperative outreach efforts.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

As a project of SOCAN, Coastal SOCAN works closely with the team in the Rogue Valley by having representation on the SOCAN Board of Directors, cooperating in educational outreach efforts, sharing information of interest to both coastal and inland climate activists.

Accomplishments

  • Hosted a dozen speakers in our monthly meetings
  • Sponsoring the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
  • Presented over a dozen presentations to local groups including the Lions, Rotary, Oregon South Coast Fishermen’s Association, Tribal Council of the Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation, and others
  • Taught a variety of classes on climate change at the local Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • Organized book club style discussion groups to educate people about climate change and provide an opportunity to explore topics such as denial of climate change, talking to kids about climate change, the role of government and private enterprise in tackling the climate change issues
  • Hosted over a dozen podcasts on the local community supported radio station

How to Join

Please come to our monthly meeting, which is open to the public and is free to all attendees. For additional information please contact Ed Patterson at edlinpat@gmail.com or Bill Gorham at gorham.bill@gmail.com

Background Information

Ed Patterson contacted Alan Journet and Kathy Conway (SOCAN Co-facilitators) in the fall of 2018, roughly the time the 4th National Climate Assessment was released, to expand SOCAN’s sphere of influence to the coast. Bill Gorham joined Ed as co-facilitators, they convened a Planning Committee, and hosted Alan and Kathy for the inaugural monthly meeting in February 2019. We celebrated our first anniversary at our February 2020 meeting and have undertaken an extensive celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Resources

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PROJECT LEADER – Kathy Conway

Project Description

Drawdown is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis.  “Drawdown” is also the title of a book, and a website (drawdown.org), that document solutions aimed at resolving global warming by reducing greenhouse gases. A highly qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world were gathered to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change.  The website (https://www.drawdown.org/) is updated regularly with current information.

Goals

SOCAN’s Drawdown Project team is working to locally implement ideas presented in Drawdown.

Accomplishments

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How to Join

Please send an email expressing interest to info@socan.eco.

Administrative Coordinator – Eric Dittmer. Modeled on the extremely popular Jackson County Master Gardener and Master Recycler programs, our Master Climate Protector (MCP) program incorporates both a training component and a service component…

PROJECT LEADER – Kathy Conway

Project Description

  1. To explore with regional educators ways that we can contribute to finding and developing curricular materials which promote student awareness and understanding of the science of climate change, together with its causes, consequences, and actions we can take. These curricula could be used in schools, for homeschooling, and in extra-curricular situations, such as youth groups, after school clubs, nature centers, summer camps, etc.
  2. To develop and give one-time presentations about climate change to elementary through high school students as an introduction to the subject. Give the teacher, parent, or group leader follow-up curriculum materials.
  3. To connect and work with high school and middle-school students who:
    1. might help develop curriculum and present in lower-age classrooms
    2. wish to use education in climate change as their senior project, capstone project, or to fulfill another class requirement.
  4. Provide opportunities for teachers to network and learn together through quarterly Teacher Conversation programs and teacher professional development workshops.

Goals

Curriculum development and dissemination of information to teachers.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

One of SOCAN’s main mission objectives is to educate the public about climate science, and of the most effective ways of doing this is reaching students at all levels.

Accomplishments

  • Lesson Plans developed for teachers of different grade levels by local teachers in collaboration with SOCAN or by SOCAN volunteers (listed under Curriculum Materials Developed by Local Educators on Education Resources page).
  • Participation in SOREEL (Southern Oregon Regional Environmental Education Leaders) meetings and events, including annual August Institute Resource Fairs and workshops on climate science.
  • Climate science presentations at area schools.
  • Teacher Conversation programs offering a space for eduators to meet and share lesson plans, as well as discuss challenges with integrating climate change in their curriculum.
  • Program on climate change at Hedrick Middle School Summer Camp, 2016.
  • Climate Science Workshop at Environmental Education Association of Oregon Conference, Suttle Lake, September 2016

How to Join

Please send an email expressing interest to info@socan.eco.

Background Information

Unlike their predecessor, the Next Generation Science Standards, adopted by Oregon, explicitly include the expectation that students will understand climate science.

Education Resources

PROJECT LEADER – ALAN JOURNET

Project Description

The Media Corps (formerly the Writing Corps) Project comprises individuals who are interested in contacting print and broadcast media to promote public awareness about climate change issues and SOCAN activities and projects.   This involves such activities as writing letters to the editor (LTEs), feature stories, or opinion columns (op-eds), writing and circulating Press Releases, submitting entries to regional community calendars,  and being available for radio and TV interviews on these issues. The benefit of joining the project team is that we can help one another identify items to address, refine drafts for content and clarity, and minimize unnecessary duplication while enhancing coverage of the critical issues.

The Writing Corps particularly helps individual interested in writing Letters to the Editor or Guest Columns to the local print media. We help individuals by helping find information sources and data upon request, and reviewing drafts to offer suggestions on content accuracy, organization, and clarity.

Goals

The Goal of the Media Corps is to promote regional awareness of climate change causes, consequences, implications, and solutions throughout Southern Oregon, and similarly promote SOCAN activities and projects throughout the region.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

This project addresses the Mission of promoting awareness and understanding on climate change, its causes and consequences.

Accomplishments

From our inauguration in 2012, to the end of 2013 we scored 85 media appearances. Since then, our annual appearances score has been: 2014 – 238; 2015 – 252; 2016 to end of April – 92.

How to Join

Please contact Alan Journet at alan@socan.eco.

Background Information

We are constantly confronted with news or scientific reports on issues related to climate change that gain wide circulation.  Local media frequently carry reports, opinions or letters that address climate change issues, some of which deserve rapid response by way of endorsement or rebuttal. Similarly, activities and events organized by Southern Oregon Climate Action Now or related organizations often can benefit from attention in the local media.

Resources

Contains tips on writing letters and guest columns, URLs and/or email addresses for regional target print media with word counts and publication frequencies permitted by newspapers.

Project Leader – Alan Journet

Project Description

One of the most effective ways of communicating the importance of acting to address climate change is to show individuals what is happening in people’s own backyards.  This project follows that principle by providing Oregonians with a brief summary of what the trends and projections are for their locality – using the Senate Districts as the geographic regional boundaries.

Goals

The Goal was to produce summaries for each House District. We now plan to produce one parallel summary for each of Oregon’s Federal Congressional House Districts.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

This project addresses the SOCAN mission statements of promoting awareness and understanding about the consequences of climate change AND motivating concerned citizens to take action.

Accomplishments

The project has produced one climate change projection summary (with a one page of bullet list) for each of Oregon’s 30 Senate Districts. These Oregon (60 House, 30 Senate) that identify likely climate trends and projections with their local consequences and implications.  These summaries have been used by environmental groups across the state to develop regional Guest Opinion (op – ed) columns for local newspapers and to submit to representatives during advocacy visits.

How to Join

Please contact Alan Journet at alan@socan.eco

Background Information

Shortly after SOCAN was inaugurated, it occurred to us that a brief summary of climate trends and projections for each region in Oregon could be helpful in communicating the problem to local residents and representatives.   Given this premise, a reasonable way to divide the state seemed to be on the basis of Legislative Districts – a format that could have real meaning for representatives.  After offering this suggestion to statewide environmental / climate organizations and receiving positive responses but no interest in assuming responsibility for organizing the project, SOCAN thus engaged student interns from SOU to work with us on developing the summaries and bullet lists.

Resources

Project Leader – Alan Journet

Project Description

The purpose of the project is to develop a set of presenters and presentations that can be offered to regional audiences.  It is anticipated that these presentations will be adjusted to suit the interests and understanding of the audience, and be tailored to meet the desired goals and needs of the audience.

Goals

To present scientifically based information on climate change to promote understanding and awareness of the problem and how we can address it.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

It is anticipated that this project will promote awareness and understanding about the causes and consequences of climate change through delivery of informed presentations employing the most current science on various aspects of climate change, its causes, consequences, and counters.

Accomplishments

Since SOCAN’s beginning, we have delivered multiple SOU OLLI 10-week courses, several 3-week mini courses at Coyote Trails and North Mountain Park Nature Centers plus many stand-alone presentations to Southern Oregon churches, service groups, and schools.

How to Join

Please contact Alan Journet at alan@socan.eco.

Background Information

Delivering presentations on various aspects of climate change is a critically important activity offered by SOCAN. We have developed presentation slide sets that can be shared.

By offering schools, educational institutions, community and service groups informed presentations and programs on Climate Change, SOCAN can promote among area residents; a greater understanding of the basic science of climate change; its causes and consequences, regionally, nationally, and globally; and what we can do to address the problem.  Addressing climate change involves both preparing for the consequences that are inevitable and reducing its causes so as to reduce the severity of future impacts.

Resources

List of speakers & topics

PROJECT LEADER – ERIC DITTMER

Project Description

This is an Ad Hoc group available to support water conservation promotion through presentations, seminars and contributions to classroom education. We live in an area where there is a real potential for serious drought and a large magnitude earthquake.  In the event this happens, adequate clean water will be a critical resource.
We should be practicing water conservation now both for improved management of this important resource and in anticipation of a future crisis.

Tasks

  1. Promote storm water retention and management by cities and at individual residences
  2. Promote water conservation at home by listing various ways to conserve water including use of low-flow devices, improving irrigation practices adopting low water need landscaping and reusing gray water.

Goals

Conserve water by promoting public awareness and action implementing more storm water projects within the Rogue Basin.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

Part of addressing the regional implications of climate change is to adapt to the apparent impacts. It logically follows that water conservation is key to addressing the trend toward reduced water resources.

Accomplishments

How to Join

Please contact Eric Dittmer at eric@socan.eco.

Background Information

The Rogue Basin Watershed has experience over 4 years of drought conditions with a trend toward decreasing rainfall and lowering snow pack leading to reduced stream flows and irrigation limitations. Past storm water management practices have relied mostly on collecting and piping runoff to natural riparian drainages, especially during winter heavy rainfall. As cities grow pipes must be enlarged to handle the increased runoff (Typically a 50% increase over undeveloped land).

Resources

Project Leader – Louise Shawkat

Project Description

This group is made up primarily of people who live in the Ashland area and generally focuses on issues related to Ashland. A wide variety of climate change actions are undertaken.

Goals

Stimulate actions in the local community to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

Educate others about a variety of aspects of climate change as well as help others take action are paramount with this group.

Accomplishments

  • SOCAN Forest – Phase I: Coordinated collection and donation of $1,114 for 1,114 trees to be planted in the US by American Forests in SOCAN’s name
  • Representative on Climate and Energy Action Plan ad hoc Committee
  • Active representation at Ashland City Council. Conservation Commission, Transportation Commission, Downtown Parking Management and Circulation Ad Hoc Advisory Committee
  • Ashland Ciy Council unanimously passed a Resolution in Support of Fossil Fuel Divestment (October 21, 2014)

How to Join

Please contact Louise Shawkat at louise@socan.eco.

Background Information

This group was initiated because a number of concerned citizens living in Ashland find it difficult to attend evening meetings that require driving a distance. This group’s acitivites were initiated concurrently with SOCAN in September 2012. One of the first projects was collaborating with Ashland City Council to facilitate their passage of the Resolution in Support of Fossil Fuel Divestment. Subsequently, this goup has continued to work with Ashland City Council and various commissions to encourage action to address climate change.

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