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Arlene Krasner freely admits that she’s a “city girl.” Having lived on the East Coast for 30 years, she now calls Portland her home. If you ask her what is here favorite place in Oregon, without hesitation she will say, “Portland!”
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Citizen Action

Today, increasingly complex environmental challenges require active, informed citizens more than ever. Here are some tips for exercising your citizen responsibilities.

EcoChallenge

Registration is now open for the Northwest Earth Institute's 2014 EcoChallenge, which begins in October! Register now, and consider taking the "civic engagement" challenge: OEC can help with the following ideas and resources to ensure that your challenges is a success.


Oregon Environmental Council was founded in 1968 by citizens who wanted a strong environmental voice in decision-making.

We have decades of success to show for it. 

Today, increasingly complex environmental challenges require active, informed citizens more than ever. 

Here are some tips for exercising your citizen responsibilities:


 Stay informed: 

Who is making decisions about the environment in Oregon?

More than a dozen state agencies work with The Governor’s Natural Resource Office to advance the state’s environmental programs (see 10 year plan). The state legislature shapes agency work with legislative measures and budget decisions. Agencies also carry out federal law delegated by the US EPA. 

It can be challenging to track all the decisions across so many agencies! Here are a few ways to stay informed: 

 

Speak up: 

As a citizen and a consumer

Public opinion makes a significant difference for our elected officials, but also for the businesses that have an impact on our environment. Your duty as a citizen and a consumer is to send clear messages about what you value. Here are a few resources to get started:


Spread the word: 

Be a catalyst for action and advocacy

Experts have shown that in addition to personal values, people are moved to action by the influence of their social circles. You can move your friends and neighbors to action by making your own actions visible and inviting others to act.

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