Climate Change Related Activities (courtesy Oregon Climate and Health Program)
Oregon’s mountains are at less than 20 percent of normal snow, with no respite in sight. January 2015 was the second hottest on record, following a 2014 that was the warmest year on record. Although this makes for a pleasant winter here in the Northwest, communities in Oregon are already gearing up for another year of serious drought and wildfires. Here are some ways to get involved and informed:
- March 10th: Climate Change and the Public’s Health. The Oregon Public Health Institute and 350 PDX will host a community dialogue on Climate Change and Health from 4-6 pm at the Center for Intercultural Organizing. RSVP here.
- March 10th & 11th: Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change. The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians will convene tribal leaders to discuss climate change impacts and share tribal strategies. Register here.
- March 26th: Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities.Check out this webinar series and join Cara Pike on March 26th for the next discussion on: Getting the Message Out.
- April 17th: NW Environmental Health Conference.The Oregon Environmental Council presents this 7th annual conference featuring a keynote address by Dr. John M. Balbus MD, MPH and several panel sessions focused on climate and health. Register here.
- May 12: Clean Med Conference.Presented by Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth, this national conference will occur in Portland and feature a special session on climate and health. Register here.
In case you missed it…
- The City of Portland and Multnomah County have released the draft2015 Climate Action Plan for public comment. The draft plan builds on Portland’s 20+ year legacy of climate action and incorporates more strategies for preparation.
- The USDA’s new Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary GuidelinesAdvisory Committee recommends more fruits and veggies and less meat for climate change reasons, also pointing out that such diets are better for health. This report is also open for public comment.
- Oregon’s Climate and Health Program updated our Climate and Health Equitywebpage to include some new resources for incorporating equity considerations into program planning.
- Check out the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkitfor information and resources for addressing climate change in your work and in your community.
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