Do residents of Southern Oregon worry about climate change, and if so, what are their chief concerns?
An exhibit at the Jacksonville Library running from January 9 through January 29 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.
Library hours: Sunday: Closed; Monday: 10am – 5pm; Tuesday: closed; Wednesday: 10am – 5 pm; Thursday: 12pm – 6 pm; Friday: Closed; Saturday: 10am – 2 pm.
The display was put together by SOCAN (Southern Oregon Climate Action Now) as one part of a larger “Voices of the Valley” project that includes 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 will be shown on Saturday, January 27 at noon at the Jacksonville Library. Open to the public.