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2017 Let's Talk Climate Series

Let’s Talk Climate
2017 Public Talk Series
Copeland Commons Room at TaborSpace

For the second year, Let's Talk Climate will offer a series of monthly presentations and discussions on local and regional issues related to climate change. All events are free and open to the public. The venue will be the Copeland Commons Room at TaborSpace (Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church), SE 54th and Belmont, and all events will begin at 7 p.m.

January 25 (Wednesday) What Lies Ahead for State-Wide Energy Policy? A panel will discuss what’s needed in state-wide energy policy in the upcoming year, what legislation is likely to be proposed, and how the public can most effectively support policy needs. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with the audience. Panel Members are: Angus Duncan, Chair of the Oregon Commission on Global WarmingSenator Michael Dembrow, Oregon District 23Shilpa Joshi, Organizing Director, Renew OregonFebruary 15 (Wednesday) Aiming for Carbon Zero and Portland Housing Choice…

Let’s Talk Climate Justice: Oregon vs California

Stephanie Kaza's recent article appears in the SE Examiner's December issue. Thus:
Last year the Oregon legislature took up, but did not pass, a comprehensive bill to cut carbon emissions and support a clean energy future for the state.  It’s likely to be on the docket for 2017 as well.  The Oregon Healthy Climate Bill included provisions for climate equity and was based on a model used in California.  It turns out that model may not work as well here in Oregon.
So what’s the story? Climate equity or climate justice addresses the so-called “climate gap” – the obvious fact that not all people will feel the same impacts from climate change.  People of color, low-income households, seniors, and children tend to face the greatest climate insecurity.  Urban seniors, for example, are less likely to have air conditioning relief during summer heat waves.  Low-income people have fewer options for choice of housing and transportation, leaving them vulnerable to flooding, fire, or strandin…

Thinking in Systems: the Climate Big Picture

In another recently published column, written by Stephanie Kaza for the SE Examiner in Portland, she discusses the need for a systems view of climate change and its impacts. Here's the text:
From season to season it can be confusing whether hurricanes, floods, droughts, or wildfires are unusually harsh or whether they represent significant climate change.  No single event alone can tell us much about climate trends. If we want to know whether sea level is rising, for example, we have to look at the big picture over time. Taking a systems view can help make sense of isolated incidents. The global climate system is impressively complex, reflecting patterns on land, ocean, soils, air, and in all life forms. In fact, just about everything is part of the climate system.  Major events such as volcanic eruptions and solar flares can trigger significant changes in climate systems. Climate observers are especially interested in critical limits or thresholds beyond which a system does not r…

Let’s Talk Climate, But How and Where?

In a recently published column written for the SE Examiner in Portland, one of our steering committee makes the case for creating spaces for public conversations about the complexities of climate change. Here's the text:
by Stephanie Kaza
Flooding in Louisiana, wildfires in California, permafrost melt in Alaska -- the list of events made more extreme by climate change is growing rapidly.  There is no shortage of news articles, books, films, and blogs on what’s happening with the planet’s climate.  Emotions and opinions run strong, making it tough to have a thoughtful conversation among friends. One of the most frustrating and common phenomena is “climate denial.”  It’s too big! I can’t deal with it!  Weather always changes! Technology will fix it!   All these common reactions reflect the complex social and communication challenges embedded in addressing climate change.
It is tempting to get caught in arguments on this difficult topic, but it seems we’re stuck with  the messiness of i…

Welcome to Let's Talk Climate

We are in the midst of planning for our winter and early spring 2018 season of public talks on climate change, planned for February, March, and April. We've been lining up speakers and panelists and looking forward to conversations about climate change with a goal of helping you learn about it and being inspired to take action in various ways.

We also have a Facebook page where we announce our events and share information about events sponsored by others and some of the new and articles that catch our attention. We hope you check it out here, Let's Talk Climate, and give us a "Like" or "Follow."

One of our steering committee also facilitates a related Meetup group. Check it out at Climate Renewal PDX.

We keep a MailChimp list for e-mail announcements about the events we sponsor. You can join that list by request to