MCP Individual and Collective Actions Resources

(Updated 4/03/2022)

General

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Still Matters: In fact, getting politicians and industry to address climate change may start at home (Oct 26, 2018) Leor Hackel & Gregg Sparkman, Slate – Science

Green America – Green Living

The Carbon Mistake: Why carbon is not always the appropriate target of our efforts (May 17, 2020) Alan Journet

Information Related to Key Questions

Key Question 1: Major human-induced causes of global warming

Southern Oregon Regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory (March 2011)

Ashland Co-op Sustainability Report (2020)

Key Question 2: Reasonable GHG reduction goals

Climate Science Basics (350.org)

Good Company Southern Oregon regional greenhouse Gas Inventory  (2011) The first inventory undertaken of greenhouse gas emissions from this region.  Previously posted on the Rogue Valley Council of Governments web site but relocated with permission to SOCAN when RVCOG removed it.

Good Company Renewable Energy Assessment for Jackson and Josephine Counties (December 2011) An analysis by the Good Company of Renewable Energy options for Jackson and Josephine Counties; a little dated but the patterns are probably still relevant. Previously posted on the Rogue Valley Council of Governments web site but relocated with permission to SOCAN when RVCOG removed it.

Inventory of US Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (2020) EPA

Oregon Greenhouse Gas Sector-Based Inventory Data (2019) Oregon DEQ Air Quality Programs . Discussion of Oregon GHG emissions

IPCC Report Global Warming of 1.5ºC (2018) An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

NOAA Climate Change: Annual greenhouse gas index  (2021) Explaining the AGGI based on 1990 patterns, this offers a  discussion of how all major greenhouse gases are impacting the warming trend.

The Fallacy of Endless Economic Growth (Sept 2018) Christopher Ketcham What economists around the world get wrong about the future.

How It All Ends The 10 minute video about Pascal’s Wager.

Key Question 3: Individual actions to reduce GHG emissions

SOCAN’s ‘What We Can Do’ list

5 Ways Families Can Help Tackle Climate Change (Jan 20, 2020) By Greg McDermid, Joule A Bergerson, Sheri Madigan; EcoWatch

How to get your family Carbon Free in 10 Years (Oct 1, 2018) by Brooke Jarvis & Doug Pibel, YES! Magazine

How does your credit card stack up? Green America

Looking for a Better Bank. Green America. Many banks (especially the amoral mega-banks) support fossil fuels and climate change.

The Power of Divestment (Green America) A discussion of the importance of divesting from institutions that support fossil fuels.

The Top 200 Fossil Fuel Companies 350.0rg’s Go Fossil Free

Banking on Climate Chaos (2022) Fossil Fuel Climate Report. Since Paris 2015, Banks have funneled $4.6 trillion to fossil fuel corporations.

Electrify Your Home (March 2022) Brian Stewart, Electrify Now (video 1:22:36)

Electrify Now: Empowering everyone to create our clean energy future

Electrify Ashland Now!

Ashland All Electric Home Fact Sheet 3.24.22

1 Ashland Electrify Now 3.24.22

Are Local Climate Efforts Enough? (Aug 30, 2018) by Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch

The Paris Agreement: What is the Paris Agreemnt? and How does it work?

Carbon countdown clock: how much of the world’s carbon budget have we spent? The Guardian – Environment. Includes active countdown clock.

Mercator Institute Carbon Clock Another carbon countdown clock.

The Magic Number: Holding warming under two degrees Celsius is the goal. But is it still attainable? The Washington Post

Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5ºC (2018) An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
Carbon Offsets (Carbon Credits):

Carbon Offsets, Explained by Joelle Novey, Green America. Caution should be used when purchasing Carbon Offsets. Green America provides information about considerations.

Carbon Fund.org (calculators and buying)

Native Energy (How Offsets work and Buying)

My Climate

TerraPass

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

Arcadia Power accredited by the Better Business Bureau, certified Green-e, and part of the Department of Energy’s National Community Solar Partnership. (Link to check availability on webpage).

Blue Sky Renewable Energy for Pacific Power customers

Key Question 4: Collective (political) actions to reduce GHG emissions

The Solutions Project Let’s create the future we want.

 

2022 Oregon Legislative Session Wrap-up: Climate Action 

Notes About 2023 Oregon Legislative Session

Progress on the Oregon Climate Action Plan (Executive Order 20-04)

Oregon Climate Action Plan Two-Year Progress Report (March 2022) Oregon Climate Coalition Leadership.

March 2022 SOCAN Monthly Meeting: Addressing Climate Crisis in Oregon: 2022 Legislative & OCAP Progress YouTube video (1:04:47)

An Introduction to the Cap & Trade Versus the Tax/Fee and Dividend Approach  Alan’s summary of the main differences

Contact your State Representatives, and Legislative Leaders to support legislation:

Find your Federal Senators & Representative.

Find Your Oregon State Senator & Representative