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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Project Leaders – Ken Deveney

Goals

To raise awareness of health and psychological impacts of Climate Change for individuals, our communities,and relevant public agencies.

Project Description

  • Prepare, arrange and offer public presentations on Climate Change and health, and Climate Change and stress.
  • Develop a multimedia narrative project (Voices of the Valley) that will present people from our own Rogue Valley communities, especially the most vulnerable populations, sharing their stories of how extreme weather and climate change is affecting their physical and mental health, their work and home life. A series of mini-documentary interviews will be featured on SOCAN’s website as well as at public screenings, and human-sized photo displays will tour our public libraries.
  • Increase personal health preparedness as well as psychological resilience.
  • Facilitate communication among those who are concerned.
  • Maintain a selection of relevant online resources

Connection to SOCAN Mission

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

Accomplishments

Ken Deveney has given presentations on “Climate Change and Stress” at Southern Oregon Friends Meeting House, Ashland Public Library, Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and the Ashland Congregational United Church of Christ.  He has done trainings in Re-Evaluation Counseling (RC), and will do another in the spring of 2017.  This Project also arranged presentations at SOCAN’s monthly public meeting at the Medford Public Library: Dr. Bryan Sohl and Ken Deveney on Health and Psychological Impacts of Climate Change (Link) as well as Bob Doppelt, Executive Director, The Resource Innovation Group, and adjunct instructor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon and author of Transformational Resilience: How building human resilience to climate disruption can safeguard society and increase wellbeing.

How to Join

Please contact Ken Deveney at ken@socan.eco.

Background Information

The April 2016 federal study “The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States” discusses seven key areas of health concerns: temperature-related death and illness; air quality impacts; extreme events; vector-borne diseases; water-related illness; food safety, nutrition, and distribution; and mental health and well-being. Health officials are also mapping the specific vulnerable population groups of each region and community, such as the elderly, children, and low-income families.

Resources

Project Leader – Gary Clarida

Link to Forests & Fire Resources Page

Project Description

Through attendance at regional programs (presentations and workshops) and participation in field trips exploring local forest management strategies and tactics, the Forest and Fire team members have been  learning who the local players are and what the currently preferred strategies and tactics are.  The group has also been learning where the conflict in recommended methods for achieving healthy resilient forests exist.

Goals

Increase the understanding of SOCAN volunteers and the public about the complex interactions between forests and climate change and forest health and wildfire risk.  Contribute to regional conversations about the forest management strategies that can best promote healthy resilient forests and promote carbon sequestration to reduce atmospheric concentrations and mitigate Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Connection to SOCAN Mission

SOCAN’s mission is to promote understanding and awareness about the science of climate change, its causes and consequences, and encourage action to address the problem.  Contributing to regional discussions leading to effective management of our forests for their health and carbon sequestration capacity is entirely consistent with that mission.

Accomplishments

In collaboration with the Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative and The Nature Conservancy, SOCAN organized a forestry workshop that was held in Grants Pass in November 2016 and attended by some 30 invited guests representing the agencies, private landowners, and regional non-profits. See Resources for Rogue Forests for the Future outcomes.

How to Join

Please contact Gary Clarida at frygulch@budget.net.

Background Information

There exists a profound link between forest health and climate change.  On one hand, climate change influences forests by adjusting the critical conditions of temperature and precipitation that support forest systems and individual forest species. On the other hand, some of Oregon’s forests are among the most effective carbon sequestration ecosystems on the planet.  Additionally, on the third hand, climatic conditions (particularly snowmelt date, soil moisture, and Spring and growing season temperatures) are among the most significant factors predicting a severe versus ‘normal’ wildfire year.

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Project Leader – Louise Shawkat

Project Description

Goals

Connection to SOCAN Mission

Accomplishments

How to Join

Please contact Louise Shawkat at louise@socan.eco.

Background Information

Since 30-40% of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon result from transportation, SOCAN is committed to transportation policies that address these emissions.

Resources