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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…