Coastal residents may have noticed warmer temperatures and smoky skies over the last few years and wondered what is happening. While the term natural disaster is often used to describe the climate trends we are experiencing, this is no longer acceptable.
Although climate pollution and its consequences may not be the highest priority for coastal Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians, the reality is that we are suffering now – and our suffering will only increase if we don’t address the problem. On Tuesday February 12th, (Dr.) Alan Journet, co-founder and co-facilitator of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now will give a presentation entitled “Our climate crisis: the urgency grows” at 5:00 pm in the Chetco Public Library at 405 Alder St, Brookings, OR.
Bringing the message home to the Oregon and California coasts, Journet will discuss the trends and projections of rising temperatures, reducing snowpack, heat waves, droughts, forest fires, rising sea levels, and acidifying oceans that we are experiencing. Journet will also identify what recent reports from the Unites Nations and the U.S. Global Change Research Program tell us about urgency and the costs of climate consequences we are experiencing. Finally, he will discuss what is happening in the Oregon legislature that could help Oregon lead by example and become part of the solution to the problem rather than continuing as part of the problem. SOCAN co-facilitator (Dr.) Kathy Conway will also give a brief summary of who Southern Oregon Climate Action now is, and what it does.
Journet and Conway have been invited to Brookings by local residents concerned about global warming. We are forming a local organization that will affiliate with Southern Oregon Climate Action Now. Any area residents interested in joining the group who cannot attend the presentation, should contact Ed Patterson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-432-4245.