How does salt affect our rivers? Eco alternatives for winter ice

Parts of Oregon are celebrating and others are cursing the unusual onslaught of snow across the state this winter. The deeper snow pack could mean more ...

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Enviros show support of immigrant rights

Wearing green, OEC staff and emerging leaders, showed that our community—and our environmental values—are aligned in solidarity with immigrants' rights...

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Climate Change Coming Home with Bill Bradbury

On March 8th, the Chetco Community Public Library and Friends of the Chetco Library in Brookings, OR, present “Climate Change Coming Home”, a presentation by Bill Bradbury. The former Oregon Secretary of State and State Senator (and former OEC board member) will discuss climate change and its effects on our region. He’ll also be available to answer questions from community members. Currently serving as one of Oregon's two representatives to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, Bill was one of the first fifty speakers trained to deliver former Vice ...

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Safe Routes to School: Statewide Town Halls

All Oregon kids deserve to have a safe route to school - and over the next few weeks you can add your voice to the conversation. The For Every Kid coalition is co-hosting Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Town Halls across the state and you’re invited! Each 90-minute event will include a brief presentation about the current SRTS program in that area, and an update about the 2017 legislative session and how safe routes to school may be included in the next transportation package. Food and childcare will be provided. Please be sure to RSVP for an upcoming Town Hall: ...

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Diesel in Our Air: Lents Community Air Sampling Project

Diesel pollution can increase the risk for aggravated asthma, heart attacks, strokes, lung disease and cancer. The latest national models of Oregon air quality predict that diesel pollution in Portland’s Lents neighborhood far exceeds the state’s health benchmark. But national model predictions can’t show us the actual exposures experienced by people in Lents who play soccer, wait for the bus or live near high-traffic routes and industrial sites with diesel engines. (Read more about dirty diesel.) To better understand the potential effect of diesel pollution ...

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Join us for an immigrant rights march

Why should the environmental community show up for immigrants' rights? A national anti-immigration movement is gaining ground in Oregon, preying on environmental fears and appealing to environmental values to promote an anti-immigrant agenda. OEC is committed to dignity and respect for all Oregonians. We must actively reject environmental rhetoric that suggests otherwise. Join us in making the environmental community visible in support of immigrant rights because you also believe that: All Oregonians deserve dignity and respect. Environmental ...

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Five easy ways to talk about climate change

About half of people who believe that climate change is an important issue admit that they rarely talk about it. According to Yale experts, that silence feeds on itself—making it "normal" to simply ignore the issue. Simply by talking about the climate, you can help ensure we're also drawing attention to solutions! Let's commit to make climate change part of our everyday conversations in 2017. Here are some of our favorite materials to share on social media as a way to start the conversation: A Quiz from Buzzfeed: Do you know more about climate change than the ...

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How To Raise Children Who Want to Save the World (It’s Easier Than You Think)

There are many difficult topics that we, as parents, must discuss with our kids at some point in time. The list is seemingly endless --- and overwhelming. We wonder: how do we introduce these topics not unnecessarily too soon, but also before they've heard the information from another source? How do we shelter our children from harsh truths, while also preparing them for reality? How do we delicately explain things to them, while also being authentic in our delivery? Most dauntingly, how do we give them the priceless gift of a carefree childhood while also giving them the ...

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The Cold Side of Climate Change

It's hard to believe with the weather we’ve seen these past couple of weeks, but at the beginning of December The Oregonian published an article titled "What's with all these early blooms?" Unseasonably high temperatures and excessive rain had led to strange winter growth, and plants thought it was spring. Kathy Dello of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute was quoted as saying "we're looking at one of the warmest years in the history of Oregon." This warming and subsequent early blooms were a problem in and of themselves -- but what about now? This past ...

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Lessons learned from toxic armories

You might already think of an armory as no place for a child. But these buildings—where the National Guard trains—are also community spaces, rented for baby showers, baptisms, birthday parties and weddings. Here's the problem: because indoor firing ranges release neurotoxic lead in dust form, these buildings post a serious risk to community health—especially the health of children. Here are just a few of the facts investigative reporter Rob Davis and The Oregonian discovered: Children, who are especially vulnerable to any exposure to lead, routinely ...

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