December 3, 2023


The mission of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) is to promote awareness and understanding about the science, causes, and consequences of climate change. We work with individuals and organizations in Southern Oregon, statewide, nationally, and internationally to advocate for both personal and governmental actions that reduce the emissions and atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases. Within this framework, we are committed to supporting climate solutions that address the social injustices that have undermined vulnerable communities for many decades and that still plague our society today.

SOCAN relies on the kindness of friends like you.
We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization – donations are tax deductible.
    


SOCAN Solstice Gathering

Saturday, December 9 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

If you are planning to go to the SOCAN Solstice Party on December 9, please register using this link, as it will help us plan the party. (Location included with registration.)
You’re encouraged to bring an appetizer or dessert, but it’s not required, and your choice of drink. Nonalcoholic spiced cider and wine provided.

We are looking forward to celebrating with you, with great food, drink and company!
Link to calendar event



SOCAN will NOT have a December Monthly Meeting



Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
Fall 2023 Campaign

Thanks to Everyone who has contributed to our fundraising campaign with a 2023 fundraising goal of $90,000. Thanks to you, our progress has been excellent. This allows us to move from the volunteer leadership currently in effect to hiring a first Executive Director. With your help, we will reach our fundraising goals and together we will reach a new level of climate action. Please continue to support this effort!

The board is moving forward to hire our first Executive Director, allowing us to expand our impact locally and across Oregon. Link to announcement – please share with anyone you think might be interested.

Thanks to our sponsors for this campaign

  
   

          



Important Actions We Urge You To Take



From our Friends at Electrify Now


Link to Electrify Now and ideas for how you can take action


State Initiative Petition 9: Campaign Finance Reform

One of the greatest obstacles facing those of us seeking passage of climate change legislation in the state is that Oregon ranks 49th out of the fifty states in terms of campaign financing restrictions. Honest Elections Oregon is trying to remedy this egregious situation by placing on the ballot Initiative Petition 9. Individuals supporting this ballot measure can download, complete and return an individual signature form or download a multiple signature forms, collect signatures, and return these. For more information, visit the SOCAN blog.



SOCAN Programs
and
Projects

SOCAN Project teams are open to anyone interested in joining.

Please consider one of the following teams.

Design by Steve Vermie



Government Program



Federal & State Project

Monday, December 11 from 2:00-3:30 pm via Zoom
The team will discuss the 2024 legislative session and petition initiatives.
This project team meets on the 2nd Monday of each month.
Please join us to find out how you can help.
SOCAN Calendar Event with Zoom link
Contact Alan@SOCAN.eco



Regional & Local Project

Thursday, December 28 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm via Zoom 
SOCAN Calendar Event with Zoom linkRepresentatives of the Action Teams listed below will be sharing their efforts.
This group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month.
Contact Flavia@SOCAN.eco or Tom@SOCAN.eco



Climate Action Teams are meeting to discuss activities in various communities. You are invited to join these teams.


Ashland Team will meet on Thursday, December 7 from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Gresham Room in the Ashland Public Library. Current projects include Electrification of school buses, Small Engine Conversion, and beginning conversations on how to support Underserved Populations. We will continue to plan actions related to these projects as we discuss ways we can help the city of Ashland move forward to actualize its Climate and Energy Action Plan. SOCAN Calendar Event Contact Mary@socan.eco

Medford Team will meet Friday, December 8 via Zoom from 5:30-6:30pm. (Changed from normal meeting time on the 1st Friday) This month’s discussions will focus on our 2024 agenda. SOCAN Calendar Event with Zoom link  – Contact Alan@SOCAN.eco

Jacksonville Team will NOT meet in December. Our next meeting will be Monday, January 15 from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Jacksonville Public Library. Discussions will include: Topics for articles submitted to the Jacksonville Review, EV charging stations, Greening the Britt, and Promotion of Community Solar. SOCAN Calendar Event – Contact DavidS@socan.eco

Talent Team will NOT meet in December or January. The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 6 from 6:00-7:30 at the Talent Public Library, 101 Home St., Talent.
This meetings focus on updates from our interest groups, and work on further defining our strategic plan, incorporating ways to measure success.
SOCAN Calendar Event – Contact Eleanor@SOCAN.eco


Central Point Team
will NOT meet in December.
The current focus is to develop a plan for community composting in Central Point. Join us as we discuss the development of this idea as well as other ways to take climate action in Central Point. Contact Pam@socan.eco for more information and to make sure that you are notified of details about this climate action team.

Grants Pass Team – Work continues to support the new Sustainability and Energy Action Advisory Committee.  Questions? Contact Tom@SOCAN.eco

A Greater Applegate (A SOCAN Collaboration)
Applegate Valley Connect 
Discussions are underway with A Greater Applegate in the hope of establishing a Climate Change Working Group in 2024
Contact jb Palasini jb@agreaterapplegate.org


Community Engagement Program



Sustaining Climate Activists

Saturday, December 16 from 10:00 – 11:30
(moved to the 3rd Sat due to the holidays)
Sustaining Climate Activists hosts monthly gatherings with social time, resilience tool education, and sharing. This month’s meeting is at the Talent Library. Note change of location for this month only.
Facilitated by Ken Deveney and Liz Olson.  Contact Liz@socan.eco
SOCAN Calendar Event



Education Program



SOCAN Master Climate Protector

Transitions to

Living with Climate Change in the Rogue Valley

A 10-week course for SOU Students AND Community members

Wed April 3 – June 5, 2024 5:30-8:30pm at SOU

Details still under development – view updates



Climate Information


THE NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT OFFERS SOME GOOD NEWS

There is abundant glum news facing us on the climate crisis front, including the comment from our own recently released National Climate Assessment 5: “Stopping global warming would require both reducing emissions of CO2 to net zero and rapid and deep reductions in other greenhouse gases. Net-zero CO2 emissions means that CO2 emissions decline to zero or that any residual emissions are balanced by removal from the atmosphere.” However, that same report offers a little good news. . . (More)



Other Groups



Solstice Gathering: Gratitude Ceremony

Planning is underway for a gathering in
Lithia Park from Noon – 1pm
December 17 or 24
Request updates by emailing info@SouthernOregonPachamama.org


2nd Annual Seed & Plant Swap

Saturday, Jan 27, 11am-1:30pm
KS Wild Office, 526 A St. Ashland
Sponsored by Pollinator Project Rogue Valley, KS Wild & Bestow

More information


Jackson County for All of Us

The three current members of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners do not represent the diversity of the population of Jackson County. Their annual salary is a $146,416.00 while that of the Governor, set in 2002, is $98,600. This means that our Commissioners earn nearly $50,000 more than the Governor of the state.

The Jackson County for All of Us campaign has three ballot initiative seeking several thousand voter signatures for them to be included on the ballot:
#1   Election of Jackson County Commissioners to be Non-Partisan
#2   Increase the Number of Jackson County Commissioners from 3 to 5
#3   Share the Salaries of the current 3 commissioners among the 5

To assist the campaign, registered voters can help (a) by downloading, signing, and returning 3 individual signature sheets, one for each of the three measures. (b) More enthusiastic voters can join the campaign (scroll down) by donating or collecting many signatures on multiple signature sheets, and return these.


The Community Compost Coalition will set up a food waste drop off service at the Medford Growers Market starting in the Spring of 2024. The food waste will be given to local farms for expanding their composting activity.
We are currently raising funds in order to fully cover the cost of the food waste drop off service for the entire Medford Growers Market season.
We are so grateful for the community support we have received thus far on this journey, and we are also passionate about – and committed to – increasing participation in this region.

Community support can manifest in different ways. Donations, of course, are always welcome, but there will also be tabling opportunities, and if you’re affiliated with groups, you can invite a member of the project to present about our efforts to your group. HOA’s, community groups or religious groups would make great audiences to present to. Or perhaps you’d like to start a subscription collection service for your own household or you’d like to talk to your neighbors about forming a neighborhood drop site. For these other ways to help, please contact Flavia Franco of Southern Oregon Food Solutions at flavita10s@gmail.com

“Composting puts more life into the soil,
and Community Composting puts more life into the Community”


Oregon Climate Action Hub (ORCAH)

offers a Calendar of opportunities in Oregon
ORClimateHub.org/


Our Mission is to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.
Home Page
For more information contact Rick Bonetti


Rural Oregon Climate Political  Action Committee (ROCPAC) 
Contact Hogan Sherrow to learn more about ROCPAC’s work and volunteer. To support this work, please visit www.rocpac.org/donate.


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