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Presented by Kathy Conway Co-Facilitator SOCAN PPT available at
That Climate Change poses a serious threat to current and future generations is beyond reasonable doubt. This discussion will explore what we can do individually and collectively to avoid the worst case projected consequences.
Rogue Valley Projections Climate Change Basics What are the gases? Where do these gases come from? How do we use Fossil Fuels in the Rogue Valley? If we’re ready to take action – what do we do?
(Released May 6, 2014) Changes in the timing of stream-flow related to changing snowmelt are already observed and will continue, reducing the supply of water for many competing demands and causing far-reaching ecological and socioeconomic consequences.
The combined impacts of increasing wildfire, insect outbreaks, and tree diseases are already causing widespread tree die-off and are virtually certain to cause additional forest mortality by the 2040s and long-term transformation of forest landscapes. Under higher emissions scenarios, extensive conversion of subalpine forests to other forest types is projected by the 2080s.
While the agriculture sector’s technical ability to adapt to changing conditions can offset some adverse impacts of a changing climate, there remain critical concerns for agriculture with respect to costs for adaptation, development of more climate resilient technologies and management, and availability and timing of water. How did this happen?
Incoming Visible light Transformed to heat Some heat is absorbed by atmospheric gases Remainder escapes into space Climate Change Basics - I WARNING: Not drawn to scale Re-radiated out This is the normal process - Where does the warming come in? Atmosphere
If atmospheric gas density increases, more heat is retained by this ‘thermal blanket’ of gases Warming Less escapes into space What are these gases? Climate Change Basics - II Atmosphere
Carbon dioxide = CO 2 Methane = Natural Gas Oxides of Nitrogen Which is the most serious contributor? Where do these gases come from?
COAL NATURAL GASOIL / GASOLINE How do we use Fossil Fuels in the Rogue Valley??
Private cars/trucks Public Transit Local Freight Transportation 32% Energy 24% Materials = Stuff 44% Energy to make stuff Energy to transport stuff here Fossil Fuels for energy production Natural gas for heating Energy used in homes & local businesses
SET (Stuff, Energy, Transportation) your mind to do something Preparation (adaptation) Reduction (mitigation) In the past we thought about money when we talked about budgets. Now need to consider our Energy budget and Carbon budget.
Energy to make stuff Energy to transport stuff here Personal level Collective level (Write down your ideas – one per sticky note)
Fossil Fuels for energy production Natural gas for heating Energy used in homes & local businesses Personal level Collective level (Write down your ideas – one per sticky note)
Private cars/trucks Public Transit Local Freight Personal level Collective level (Write down your ideas – one per sticky note)
How feasible is it? Time Money Skills Resources Other Give each idea a score of 1 to 5. Write this score on the bottom of the sticky note with the idea and circle it. What is the impact on greenhouse gas emissions? Give each idea a score of 1 to 5. Write this score on the bottom of the sticky note with the idea and put a square around it. Multiply the score in the Circle by the score in the Square and Underline the result.
Highest score Best idea Different
Energy to make stuff Energy to transport stuff here Personal level Buy from B-Corps Buy from companies who use less energy (wind/solar-not fossil fuel, conserve) Collective level Change codes and incentives for greater efficiency in manufacturing Encourage businesses to include carbon emissions in their decisions
Fossil Fuels for energy production Natural gas for heating Energy used in homes & local businesses Personal level Increase domestic energy efficiency (Clean Energy Works) Convert to renewable sources (solar, wind, geothermal) Collective level Encourage businesses to increase energy efficiency Establish incentives for businesses to increase energy efficiency Encourage businesses to use energy from renewable sources Change the laws to allow Aggregate Energy Purchasing (coops)
Personal level Buy a more efficient vehicle Buy an electric car and solar panels to power it Collective level Support development of bus/train systems within & between cities Support ordinances to reduce/eliminate idling Support efforts that increase vehicle fuel efficiency Private cars/trucks Public Transit Local Freight
Personal level Divest from fossil fuels Encourage friends & family to reduce energy consumption Avoid credit card companies that promote misinformation about climate change Collective level Support candidates for elected office who are committed to action to address climate change
Kathy Conway, Co-Facilitator SOCAN Socan.info
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