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By Mayor Charlie Hales, Portland
Pope Francis, speaking in an incredible 500-year-old building at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City, told me and 60 other mayors that addressing climate change is a moral imperative for humanity.
That was a moving experience for city leaders. When the network of C40 cities, working together to fight climate change, gathered for a summit in Johannesburg early last year, we felt we were banging at the door, trying to be heard. This time, the Vatican deliberately focused on us, mayors, to mobilize grassroots action.Read more
We mean business! With a loud and respected voice, the business community in Oregon is speaking up for action to transition to a clean energy economy and lead the way in reducing climate pollution. Businesses make up a big part of our coalition at Renew Oregon and using innovation and investment, we can tackle the biggest challenges we face.
In its second year, the Oregon Business Climate Declaration now has more than 400 businesses signed on. Since the original release – signed by 70 companies last July including Adidas, Waste Management, the Portland Trailblazers, eBay, Moda Health and more – 330 new businesses from Astoria to Hood River, Coos Bay to Bend and Portland to Ashland have signed. Companies in 61 Oregon cities and towns are represented in the new list.
These businesses understand climate change is already affecting our economy and our health and we must do something now to minimize the risk while also maximizing growth, investment and savings from efficiency.
Oregon leaders stood up to pressure from big oil, announcing today that a hastily designed transportation package, that would have repealed our new clean air law, will not move forward. Your letters, calls, messages and tweets made a huge difference by letting them know you stand behind the Clean Fuels Program!
Oregonians don’t have to choose between good roads and clean air. We deserve both. It was political shenanigans that pitted these two objectives against one another in the state capitol, presenting legislators and Oregonians with a false choice.
A range of groups representing health, business, schools and the environment raised strong objections to the “replacement” package, which double counted emissions reductions and took funding from other renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. These concerns were confirmed when a representative from ODOT revised down the carbon savings of the proposed plan by over 15% on Wednesday. Legislators rejected the package and decided much needed transportation funding should be considered on its own merits.
Every day in Oregon, polluters dump waste into our air and water at no cost to their bottom line. If they are going to use the resources we all share – our air, livable climate and clean water, these large polluters should at least pay the true cost.
We already see the damaging effects of climate change risking our natural areas and Oregon economy. The men and women who work in shellfishing and seafood, family farmers and the many workers on our ski mountains and other recreational areas.
Asthma rates are increasing as air pollution stagnates in the hot air and our most vulnerable populations are at risk. Delaying action to address the root causes of climate change just compounds the costs – on our health, our economy and our communities.
The Climate Stability and Justice Act (HB 3470) is the action we need. The Act enforces Oregon’s existing limits on climate pollution with a firm timeline for action to guarantee Oregon achieves those goals. The law ensures that progress is measured and reported every five years and that further reductions are taken if benchmarks aren’t met. Tell your legislators to support this bill.
It’s the right time to Renew Oregon. We sensed an important need from people who call this great state home. We heard from all corners of Oregon-- young and old, conservative and liberal, urban and rural -- that it’s time to get the economy moving, defend our air and water, and lead the way on climate action to protect our valued and historic agriculture, fishing and tourism industries.
We felt the pent up energy and the desire to go forward. That’s why we launched this campaign. And you responded!
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Earth Day is coming next week on Wednesday, April 22nd and Oregonians all over the state are getting ready to celebrate by hosting a myriad of events including cleaning up rivers and parks, removing invasive plants, and much more. We've compiled a list of events by county so no matter where you live you'll be able to find an event near you. Happy Earth Day!
Events by County:Read more
The True Cost of Pollution
Cutting carbon pollution and creating jobs in the clean energy economy go hand in hand. The most effective way to stoke innovation and growth is to make sure everyone is following the rules. Big oil and coal companies are not paying the true cost of dumping millions of tons of carbon into our atmosphere. Instead, it’s regular people like us who incur the cost -- medical bills and sick days from asthma and lung diseases, fighting record-breaking wildfires, and severe drought causing our food prices to rise -- it’s in the billions of dollars.
This week, in a packed Oregon House public hearing on effective ways to limit pollution and put a price on carbon, allies spoke up: from rural communities to cities, businesses and workers, communities of color leaders and environmental advocates all testified that a price on pollution will benefit Oregon.Read more
The Generation Acting on Climate
Earlier this week, two teenagers from Eugene had their historic case against the Governor of Oregon and the state government heard in court. The young women say the state is failing them, and their generation, by not doing more to reduce climate pollution.
It’s been a long journey for Kelsey Juliana, 19, and Olivia Chernaik, 14, who first asked to hold the state accountable four years ago (at just 15 and 11 years old). From Lane County Circuit Court, to a state appeals court and back to Lane County -- they’ve earned quite an insider’s education on the legal system.Read more
Hello and Welcome to Renew Oregon!
We are a growing coalition of businesses and workers, healthcare professionals and parents, farmers and ranchers, faith and community organizations, and individuals coming together to move Oregon away from dirty, polluting energy to a clean energy economy. We are working to create good-paying jobs for all Oregonians, protect air and water from pollution, and help families stay healthy.Read more