We will have a special, facilitated Strategic Planning meeting on Monday March 18, 2019 at the Pioneer Room, Riverside Church, Hood River. This will take the place of our normal meeting on the third Monday of the month.
Join us for the regular potluck dinner from 6 to 6:30; then the special meeting will take place from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. Please come and share your ideas or plans for current and prospective climate-related activities. We’ll discuss the recent survey results (emailed on Feb. 14) and more. Thank you for your inputs on the survey or however you participate!
The candidate CGCAN activities listed in the survey are listed here:
Educational meetings: Organize or attend in-depth presentations, videos, and discussions, providing updates from various experts in climate science, fossil-fuel terminals and resistance, clean-energy technologies and products, state or local policies, etc. Typically, 4 to 8 presentations per year .
Tree planting and Stewardship: Join others to plant 50,000 trees per year in the Gorge. Also join in pulling invasive weeds or participating in a litter patrol along our highways.
Local carbon offsets: Augment or create a nonprofit that sells local carbon offsets, so that Gorge residents can mitigate their emissions from air travel or other activities by funding small, local, clean-energy projects instead of some questionable project overseas.
Hood River Energy Plan:
Contribute to or lead various outreach, education, policy, or supplemental activities to implement pieces of the Hood River Energy Plan
, toward keeping energy spending more local and reducing climate emissions.
Climate Empowerment Practice Group: Empowering individuals to feel confident and have the self-worth, plus compassion, to know their actions will make a difference. A group to meet periodically to discuss informative and inspiring books and articles on climate and its interactions with ecosystems, polluters, economies, politics, the Green New Deal, the Radical Right, psychology, and more. Ramping up the ways that we get together and share.
Earth Day/Earth Month activities
: Organize or participate in various marches, rallies, and educational events for Earth Day or an Earth Week
. We could organize April as Gorge Earth Month, with activities analogous to the Gorge Happiness Month
Electrification group: Accelerate the transitions to electric vehicles (EVs), electric buses, and electric bikes for commuting, by raising awareness, catalyzing bike/pedestrian paths, and helping to get more EV chargers in the Gorge. (Transportation is by far the largest energy cost and emissions in the Gorge, and EVs will change all that!).
Oil/Coal Train Activism: Oil and coal trains travel through the Gorge daily, spread pollution and accelerate climate change. Work on legislation and actions to reduce or eliminate this practice.
Divestment in Fossil Fuel Activities: The removal of investment assets including stocks, bonds, and investment funds from companies involved in extracting fossil fuels, in an attempt to reduce climate change by tackling its ultimate causes.