Resources for learning more about environmental sustainability:
Judge greenlights Oregon climate change lawsuit against federal government (Kelly House, The Oregonian/OregonLive, 2016) (describing an important decision by U.S. Magistrate Judge Coffin in a lawsuit brought by youth who allege the U.S. government is failing to protect them from the impacts of climate change. The judge ruled that plaintiffs' claims can proceed. The case is remarkable, in part, because plaintiffs are also suing on behalf of future generations. Click here for the Court's opinion denying the government's motion to dismiss the case.
- Living Planet Report (WWF, 2014) (finding that in less than two human generations, population sizes of vertebrate species have dropped by half).
- Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report (IPCC, 2014) (concluding that human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems).
- Understanding Climate Change, Even if You’re Not a Scientist (Marty Niland, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 10/23/2014).
- Polls show most Americans believe in climate change, but give it low priority (Pew Research Center, 9/23/2014).
- EPA Report on the Environment website presenting best available information on trends in air, water, land, human health, and ecological systems.
Oregon filmmaker, Wagging Tale Productions, is developing a provocative new film, THE PEOPLE FACTOR, on the role of population in economic, social, and environmental well-being. View the video trailer to learn more.
- Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (IPCC, 2014) (summary of this global challenge for policy makers)
- Global Warming & Climate Change: a New York Times page devoted to background and overview of the current science and state of this mounting challenge.
- Living Planet Report 2012 by Global Footprint Network - a summary of the current health of the world’s biodiversity and measures of humanity’s demand on Earth’s natural resources.
- "Seattle Mayor Orders City to Divest From Fossil Fuels" (350.org, 12/22/12)
- Americans young and old 'do the math': "Spreading Like Wildfire, Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign Striking a Moral Chord" (InsideClimate News, 12/6/12)
- "With Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Record High, Worries on How to Slow Warming" by Justin Gilles and John Broder (New York Times, 12/2/12)
- “Living Beyond Means: Natural Assets and Human Well-being,” Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (March 2005)
Sages working on solutions:
Building a parkhttp://www.wearesage.org/resource-center/storytree/sage-roberta-schwarz
Climate change activismhttp://www.wearesage.org/resource-center/storytree/sage-lenny-dee
Inspiring people to take responsibility for the Earthhttp://www.wearesage.org/resource-center/storytree/sage-lori-davidson
Helping to preserve water quality and improve energy efficiencyhttp://www.wearesage.org/resource-center/storytree/sage-walt-mintkeski
Volunteer for nonprofit partners:
Northwest Earth Institute—Discover change together and inspire people to take responsibility for Earth. You can lead one of NWEI’s discussion courses with friends, church members or co-workers on a variety of subjects such as actions to reduce your carbon footprint, or challenge yourself to adopt a new behavior through the EcoChallenge. Call Liz Zavodsky, 503-227-2807.
Forest Park Conservancy—Protects and restores over 5,000 acres of public and private land within the Greater Forest Park ecosystem. You can help remove invasive plants or repair trails by joining a stewardship work party. Call 503-223-5449.
Willamette Riverkeeper. Protects and restores the Willamette River so that it supports natural habitat, clean water, fishing and swimming. You can learn more about the river and volunteer through many different initiatives such as joining a stewardship work party or helping to connect with the public at festivals, markets and other meetings. Call 503-223-6418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbia Land Trust conserves and cares for the Northwest places you love—the places that provide all of us well-being and an unrivaled quality of life. You can volunteer with Columbia Land Trust as an extra field hand, an office helper, a photographer, a junior board member, or other roles. Click here to learn more about all the volunteer opportunities.
Center for Earth Leadership—Trains and motivates Northwest citizens to become agents of local change in forging a sustainable culture. Take advantage of one or more of the Center’s programs such as participating in their Agent of Change course to learn to implement sustainable practices and influence others in your neighborhood, workplace, or other locales. Call 503-227-2315 or email email@example.com.
Climate Solutions—Accelerates practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides. Stay informed and take action in support of regional climate solutions campaigns to reduce global warming pollution and transition Oregon to a clean and energy-efficient economy. Sign up for action alerts or join their Business Leaders for Climate Solutions.