Previous Conversations

2016 Season

Audience at our first event — January 2016
Impacts of Climate Change in Oregon (January 12, 2016)

Bill Bradbury
Bill Bradbury (right)
responds to a question
Our conversations on climate began with a superb presentation by Bill Bradbury in January 2016. Bill discussed impacts of climate change that are already taking place in Oregon, plans to reduce Oregon's carbon footprint, and state initiatives related to energy needs in the Pacific Northwest. Bill currently serves as one of two gubernatorial appointees to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. He served as the elected Oregon Secretary of State and in the state legislature as a Representative, Senator, and President of the Senate. Throughout his career, he has focused on environmental protection and participated in Al Gore's 2006 climate training. He has given over 400 presentations on climate change.
A video recording of Bill's talk has been edited and can be seen here:

Community Supported Solar (February 9, 2016)

Dan Orzech and Jaimes Valdez
Presenters Dan Orzech and Jaimes Valdez discussed various options for community-supported solar power generation. They discussed potential projects, funding and policy issues that currently impede development of community solar, and pending legislation that would help by removing some of the impediments. Community solar enables pooled community investment in solar power installations that, for example, might be installed on public or community building rooftops. Options for investment in community solar are attractive to renters and those who live in multi-unit buildings, or otherwise lack access to suitable locations for a private solar installation.
James and Dan look on as Jeff Bissonnette
responds to a question

Dan Orzech is General Manager of the Oregon Clean Power Cooperative. Jaimes Valdez is responsible for regulatory, market, and legislative policy for Northwest SEED.

Portland Mayoral Candidates' Forum (February 17, 2016)

Let's Talk Climate, along with several other climate organizations, co-hosted a forum on environmental issues with candidates for Portland mayor. Oregon League of Conservation Voters organized the event.Climate Action Plan (March 8, 2016)
Michelle Crim

Michelle Crim and Bill Beamer summarized the City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan which was recently revised. This sweeping plan with many defined actions is intended to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gasses, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and build resiliency for the future. Our conversations included discussion of the need for citizens to advocate with elected leaders to fully implement the plan.

Bill Beamer
Michelle Crim and Bill Beamer work with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. The revised Climate Action Plan can be viewed here:

Climate Organization Fair (April 12, 2016)

Representatives of eight climate organizations each spoke about their recent successes and plans for the near future. State Representative (46th House District) Alyssa Keny-Guyer moderated the panel. In her opening remarks, Representative Keny-Guyer discussed climate legislation in the recently completed short legislative session and bills expected to be introduced in the 2017 session.

Organizations represented were Oregon Environmental Council, Renew Oregon, 350PDX, Portland Rising Tide, Citizens Climate Lobby, Sierra Club, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, and Oregon Climate.

L to R: Alyssa Keny-Guyer (State Representative/Moderator), Shilpa Joshi (Renew), James Ellsworth (OLCV),
Lowen Berman (Rising Tide), Jana Gastellum (OEC), Mia Rebeck (350PDX), Gregory Monahan (Sierra Club),
Katherine Jesch (IPL), K. B. Mercer (OR Climate)

Solidarity with Original Peoples on Climate Change (May 10, 2016)

Katherine Jesch, Barbara Dow, and ____ talked with us about a recent trip to meet with the Lummi Nation near Bellingham to learn about their efforts to assert treaty rights to fishing in order to halt permitting of a coal terminal at Cherry Point, at the mouth of the Nooksak River near Ferndale, WA. The US Army Corps of Engineers found that the impacts would not be de minimus and denied the permit just before out meeting. The presentation included discussion of ways to be effective allies to tribes as they assert their treaty rights.

The Rev. Katherine Jesch is a trip leader with the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice and was formerly a planner with the US Forest Service Columbia Gorge Scenic Area.
People of the Lummi Nation protesting the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point


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