Current Opportunities to get involved
CLEAN ENERGY AND JOBS BILL UPDATE
In the 2018 Oregon legislative session, the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition worked with our allies across the state to pass the Clean Energy Jobs Bill. This legislation will significantly reduce climate pollution in our state by making polluters pay and investing these revenues in clean, renewable energy. It will also target investments in economically depressed areas such as rural areas such as ours.
CALL TO ACTION!
With Donald Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the message is clear:
IT’S UP TO US!
We encourage you to join us as we work with our community to build power from the ground up. Consider the following:
* While meaningful legislative is not happening at the Federal level, we do have a chance in Oregon. We are working with other Oregon groups to pass legislation which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our State. Join us in this important effort.
* Renewable energy and energy efficiency are critical to reducing climate pollution. Through our DC Smart Energy group, we are developing large solar projects, working to increase the number of available electric vehicle charging stations and promoting energy efficiency in our community. Join us if you wish to be part of these solutions to global warming.
* Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are increasing the acidity of our oceans, warming our rivers and streams – threatening fish and mollusks. Our Aquatics Group is educating the public on the latest science and solutions to this problem. We welcome your help to preserve Oregon’s way of life.
* Climate change never gets the attention it deserves in the media. We must be the voice that reaches out to keep the urgency of taking climate action before the public. Join us in writing letters to the editor and be that voice for our children and future generations.
* The Douglas County Global Warming Coalition is known for its top of the line presenters on the science of climate change. These have included Dr. Jane Lubchenco, former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Dr. Phillip Mote, contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Help us to continue to bring science to Douglas County.
Contact us at 541-672-9819.
The DCGWC has several working groups focused on effective strategies for adapting to climate change in Douglas County.
Douglas County Smart Energy
A project of the coalition consisting of nonprofits, major utilities, and private individuals dedicated to promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Check out the group's website at: www.dcsmartenergy.org. For more information, call Polly Stirling at 541-672-9819.
Our meetings are generally on the 4th Monday of the month, at the Douglas Electric Co-op, 1981 NE Stephens St in Roseburg.
Climate changes we're currently experiencing affect forest viability through drought, fire, pests, and other mechanisms. Forest functions and jobs are likely to suffer.
Past Forestry Subgroup discussions have focused on factors impacting forest productivity, such as soil health, water retention, and fire intensity, as well as management vehicles designed to promote climate resilience (climate vulnerability assessments, incentive programs for private forest owners, and examining the Oregon Forest Practices Act in light of our best science).
For more information, or to join our work, contact Neal Hadley, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Aquatics Group
With ocean acidification and warming waters affecting our fisheries and shellfish industry, this group is identifying ways to adapt to these impacts. For more information, contact Stuart Liebowitz, 541-672-9819.
Transportation and Land Use
Transportation is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Land use, the
layout and rules governing how we build our communities, has a major impact on how we travel so land use and transportation are linked due to that relationship.
The Land Use and Transportation group looked at ways to deal with the impacts including conducting a vulnerability assessment of infrastructure, managing a population influx, planning for transportation options and reviewing codes for allowing higher density zoning and for mixed use/transit-oriented development. Efforts include helping Roseburg to become a Bicycle Friendly Community, and preparations to participate in Roseburg’s updated to its Transportation System Plan.