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“A good decision is very difficult if you are not asking the right question, if you are not looking at reality as accurately as you possibly can. Science is the best source we have for deciding what course of action is most likely to be correct.” —Joel T. Nigg, PhD, OHSU
NOW is your chance to celebrate science by insisting on it, right here in Oregon. Call your State Senator today.
In a last-minute move, Senate Bill 1008 (SB 1008) - the Clean Engines, Clean Air Act - was gutted to a shell of its former self before the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources passed it on...
Southern Oregon resident and artist Mary Driver recently stepped down from our board, but we’ll always think of her as we walk past the main entrance at our offices here at OEC because of the beautiful art-glass mosaic of bikes she made and gave to us.
“Wondering about our world can be the catalyst for innovative learning, and creative minds to meet the solutions of our times.”
“Politicians and citizens often face hard choices when it comes to complex problems.” The scientific process helps decision-makers by providing information that is “based on the best available science, reproducible and as objective as possible.”
“People underestimate how dependent we are on healthy rivers and watersheds. Wetlands help to store and clean water. Rivers connected to their floodplains buffer downstream communities from flooding. Healthy rivers provide recreation opportunities and fishing for sport and food. Oregonians are very connected to rivers across the state. Science can help clarify the relationship we have with water.”
“Clean water is a naturally renewable resource. However, once contaminated, it becomes very hard to get back to a usable state. Our clean water is so valuable, and protecting it must be a priority.”
"As scientists, we need to share what we know in ways people can understand. Some of it’s complicated, such as how near term climate variability will affect marine food chains and how long term climate change makes the ocean more acidic, how ocean acidification impacts plankton, and how that, in turn, affects food for salmon. But if we tell this well, the public will speak up for climate action."
“Everything we buy and use has impacts on the environment. By using cutting-edge science, such as life-cycle analysis and green chemistry, we can identify where the biggest impacts are and discover and develop much safer alternatives.”