It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Are you already a climate activist? Or would you like to become a climate activist but you're not sure where to start? This research guide provides a list of information resources and local organizations helpful to climate activists in the Eugene area.
"From downtown paths to Cascade mountain tops, Eugene is abound with awesome hikes. Mid-valley living has its perks. Eugene, Oregon is home to diverse wetlands, upland prairie, and is nestled between two extraordinary mountain ranges. There is a wealth of outdoor trails to explore."
Includes statistics specific to the Pacific Northwest. "Intended to provide a useful monitoring tool—an objective indicator of the frequency of extreme weather and the extent of sea level change. This website provides graphics and data for download for those who wish to explore the Index. The ACI is available for the United States and Canada and 12 subregions thereof, and will be released when analysis of data for each meteorological season is complete, on both a monthly and a seasonal basis (months ending February, May, August, and November)."
"The article features Doctor Dorceta E. Taylor, an environmental justice professor at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. Mentioned is her pursuance of environmental courses in colleges as well as her research on racial and gender diversity in environmental organizations in 2014. Also noted is the role of higher education on climate change and environmental education." Available to LCC students and staff with L# and MyLane passphrase.
Broadcasts from the Whiteacker. “Since the millennium change John Zerzan has been expressing his anti-civilization views on his one hour live radio show, "AnarchyRadio." By audio streaming (KWVA 88.1 FM) you can listen to ‘AnarchyRadio’ live each week on Tuesdays at 7pm PST and express your views by calling 541-346-0645 during the live broadcast.
Good meetings help build strong, effective organizations and successful projects. Even organizations with great meeting process inadvertently perpetuate barriers to full participation and access to democratic process. This happens through group dynamics of power, privilege and oppression that often marginalize women, people of color, queer, trans and gender non-conforming folks, people with disabilities and those with limited access to the cultural cues and financial resources that come with class privilege. Whether or not you act as facilitator at meetings you attend, building your facilitation skills will help you make your meetings better, more inclusive, and more fully democratic! Here are some foundational tips and suggestions that can have big impacts on your meetings.
"We have two climate crises happening at the same time: we have the collapse of our ecological systems and we have the collapse of our educational systems. But there's not enough people talking about the relationship between the two . . . The significance of eco-apartheid is three-fold. First, eco-apartheid suggests that environmental bads, like toxic waste, are in low-income communities or in communities of color, while environmental goods, such whole foods, open space, or parks, are in wealthier communities . . . Two, eco-apartheid is a more powerful definition than environmental racism precisely because it captures inequalities beyond race--including space, place, and waste--for example, the urban grocery gap, the transportation gap--not the same amount of bus lines running through our communities--or the produce gap--we talked about who has access to healthy food and who doesn't have access to healthy food--while simultaneously centering race, racism, and their political implications. Third, eco-apartheid captures the political, historical, and spatial dimensions to the reproduction of racial inequality. That is, and this is coming straight from Tim Wise, as all of you know--'the history of America is the history of systematic institutionalized racial privilege of white people and white-looking people.'"
"Collapse, in the most general terms, is a rapid loss of complexity. It is a shift toward smaller and more decentralized structures—social, political, economic—with less social stratification, regulation, behavioral control and regimentation, and so on."
Four scenarios are described:
All-Out Attacks on Infrastructure
Decisive Ecological Warfare Strategy
"So think 'resistance' with all your aching heart, a word that must become our promise to what is left of this planet. Gather the others: you already know them. The brave, smart, militant, and, most of all, serious, and together take aim. Do it carefully, but do it. Then fire for all you're worth."
"... research suggests that the common way organizations try to mobilize people around climate change is misguided. Better to frame it as our problem, an issue threatening all of us, than as a story of personal responsibility."
Available via the LCC Library catalog. Includes reports on direct action, information about the preservation of wilderness and biological diversity as well as news and announcements about EF! and other radical environmental groups. Available to LCC students and staff with L# and MyLane passphrase.
The IPCC report from late 2018 underestimated the gravity of our situation because the final draft was heavily redacted and censored before it could gain approval of the politicians and corporate interests who had the final say on the contents of the report. It did not include data related to many impending tipping points, such as the melting of arctic permafrost, which is happening now, 70 years sooner than scientists predicted.
"Separatism is at the root of disharmony with nature and violence against nature and people. Today, we need to overcome an eco-apartheid based on the illusion of separateness – the separation of humans from nature in our minds and lives. This eco-apartheid is an illusion because we are part of nature and Earth, not apart from it."
Summary of the larger October 2018 IPCC 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.
From October 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.
From September 2019. In addition to their role within the climate system, such as the uptake and redistribution of natural and anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) and heat, as well as ecosystem support, services provided to people by the ocean and/or cryosphere include food and water supply, renewable energy, and benefits for health and well-being, cultural values, tourism, trade, and transport. The state of the ocean and cryosphere interacts with each aspect of sustainability reflected in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
"For what are we preparing students, and what are they actually learning? Are we educating them for the conditions they will encounter, tests they will face, hardships they will endure? Will they understand the forces re-shaping our world, and find the resources to engage them meaningfully? And as the world’s wealth and power becomes concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, is our educational system part of the solution — or part of the problem?"
"Youth filed their constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., against the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. Earth Guardians is also an organizational plaintiff in the case. Their complaint asserts that, through the government's affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources." They are awaiting the latest decision by the Court. View video footage of their latest hearing before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals here: https://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/view_video.php?pk_vid=0000015795
KEPW 97.3 FM is listener-supported community radio station in Eugene, Oregon. This low-powered station is an ongoing project of Eugene PeaceWorks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Their mission is to provide a listener-supported on-air forum for artists, activists, and others whose voices have been marginalized or excluded from the airwaves. Seniors, women, children, teenagers, people of color, the homeless, and the LGBTQ communities, among others, host and produce a wide variety of humanity enhancing programs. KEPW is very excited to be simultaneously broadcasting in Eugene Oregon at 97.3FM and streaming online.
In 2006, Lane Community College (LCC) became one of the first signatories of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), whereby LCC committed to systematically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality for all of its College operations across Lane County by the year 2050.
"There are materials produced by climate change doubters, lesson plans developed by the oil industry, and countless other sites with misleading or outdated information. The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network , funded by federal grants, reviewed more than 30,000 free online resources and found only 700 acceptable for use in schools."
"Documents the progress made in Oregon over the past several years – from passing one of the most aggressive clean electricity standards in the country, to passing and defending the Clean Fuels Program to reduce climate pollution in transportation."
“If we look back on the twentieth century, we can see that race and sex discrimination were the constitutional questions of that era. And when our great-grandchildren look back at the twenty-first century, they will see that government-sanctioned climate destruction was the constitutional issue of this century.”
The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® is intended to engage and recognize the full spectrum of higher education institutions, from community colleges to research universities. It encompasses long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions, as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability. STARS is designed to:
*Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education.
*Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the international campus sustainability community.
*Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability.
*Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance.
*Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community.
Through participating in STARS, your institution can earn points toward a STARS Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Rating, or earn the STARS Reporter designation. Each seal represents significant sustainability leadership.
TEDxYouth. "Luisa Neubauer is a 23-year-old climate activist. She recommends 4 steps for would-be climate activists:
1) Reframe your understanding of what a climate activist is. A climate activist can be anyone.
2) Discard your convenience mindset. Challenge everyone you meet about this. Incorporate climate activism into your job, your consumption patterns, and your private life.
3) Join forces with others. Any action you take is much more effective when amplified and shared.
4) Start taking yourself more seriously. If you don't go for something, chances are that no one else will. "The most powerful institutions of this world have no intention of changing the game they are profiting the most. So there's no point in further relying on them."
"Lauren is an Environmental Studies graduate from NYU and former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and the amount of trash that she has produced over the past three years can fit inside of a 16 oz. mason jar."
"Yale Climate Connections is a nonpartisan, multimedia service providing daily broadcast radio programming and original web-based reporting, commentary, and analysis on the issue of climate change, one of the greatest challenges and stories confronting modern society."
“The basis of democracy is self-governance, and that requires citizens to engage with one another . . . Here are tips for having a productive conversation about something you care about over drinks (obviously these tips work sober, too)."