Do residents of Southern Oregon worry about climate change, and if so, what are their chief concerns?
An exhibit at the Ashland Library in Ashland running from November 2 through December 9 attempts to answer those questions. In the display, more than 60 people, ranging in age from middle schoolers to seniors voice their responses to our world of rising temperatures and more extreme weather – changes scientists say are accelerated by human-caused releases of greenhouse gases. The exhibit combines comments written on cards, most of them accompanied with a photograph of each person, as well as life-size photos of Valley residents.
The exhibit is displayed throughout the library at 410 Siskiyou Blvd. The library is open from noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, 10 am-6pm Tuesday and Wednesday, noon-5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. It is closed Friday.
The display was put together by SOCAN (Southern Oregon Climate Action Now) as one part of a larger “Voices of the Valley” project that will include a full-length documentary, Voices of the Valley: Stories of How Climate Change is Affecting Our Lives, featuring interviews with people speaking from various points of reference, ranging from health issues to effects on local business. Among those interviewed for the documentary, are a plant nursery owner, two young activists, Oregon Shakespeare Festival representatives, and the medical director for Jackson County Health and Human Services. The documentary is planned for release Voices of the Valley Premiere will be at the SOCAN November Meeting, November 28. at 6 pm. (Medford Public Library). The documentary will also be shown on Thursday, December 6 at 2:00pm at the Ashland Library. Open to the public.