We need to act now
During February, the LO Reads program is introducing us to many concepts about the dangers and solutions to climate change. One of the most significant things we can do is to support SB 1530, a bill that is in front of the legislature this month.
The legislative leaders who crafted the bill have listened and compromised. SB 1530 is designed to gently move our society away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. This movement will help Oregon's economy through savings from efficiency, and new jobs installing solar panels, windfarms and more.
Eastern Oregonians and loggers need to be heard and respected, and the bill exempts most rural communities from compliance. That seems fair, since the forestry industry has been disproportionately impacted by environmental legislation in the past. However, our forest and agriculture will be impacted if we don't act now.
Our young people also deserve consideration. They are worried about the future, and they should be. They want to have the same livable climate that we have had, and they look to responsible leaders to provide that.
Many people have asked why Oregon should act, since we are such a small place and our emissions are such a tiny part of the whole. We must do our part, because the problem is, in many ways, a local one. People from Beijing or Paris or Alaska could ask the same question. However, the greenhouse gas emissions will need to be reduced country by country, city by city, home by home and car by car. It is a tough issue, but we must protect our way of life, our jobs, and the next generations.
Help Stafford decide its future
Saturday I attended a community meeting for the Stafford Hamlet that was informative, civil, inclusive and well-run. The format included Hamlet board members, a mayor and other speakers that were well spoken, knowledgeable, concise and willing to answer audience questions. These characteristics often seem lacking in typical public meeting venues.
The Stafford Hamlet, the triangle of land separating the cities of West Linn, Tualatin and Lake Oswego is under ongoing scrutiny regarding its future. What happens in the area will have a direct impact on its residents as well as on the surrounding cities. I encourage anyone from the Hamlet or adjoining cities to attend the next town hall meeting at Stafford Elementary school Tuesday, March 10 from 7-9 p.m. to hear more information and ideas for the area.
Support SB 1530
The change in our climate is now visible to most Oregonians with record-breaking heat, decreased snowpack, drought and frequent, destructive wildfires. We are confronting a climate emergency and we need all hands on deck. The single most important way to mitigate rising global temperatures is to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. Oregon Senate Bill 1530, which requires that large industries pay more for fossil fuels, will do just that. Although Oregonians will see very modest increases in fuel costs, monies raised are returned to Oregon communities for initiatives to combat climate change such as transportation projects and wildfire mitigation. Counties in Eastern Oregon are exempt from Senate Bill 1530. In rural counties west of the Cascades the requirements are delayed for up to 5 years. The bill even includes tax credits for low- and middle-income Oregonians who live in rural areas and may need to drive farther in their daily activities. In fact, the economic benefits of the bill are tilted toward rural Oregonians. The proposed legislation is scientifically sound, fair, and effective. Contact your legislator to express your support for this bill — its passage is clearly in danger.
Donate and help save lives
A few seconds.
That can be the difference between life and death when a person's heart suddenly stops beating. While undeniably frightening, the condition — known as Sudden Cardiac Arrest — is treatable if bystanders act fast.
And if they have an AED on hand.
AEDs, or Automated External Defibrillators, are an essential and easy-to-use tool in the fight against what has become the third-leading cause of death in the United States. The numbers tell the story: On average, the survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is just 10%. That number jumps to 30% when bystander CPR is performed.
With CPR AND an AED on hand? The survival rate jumps all the way to 50%.
In Lake Oswego, the fire department and other volunteers have been leading the charge to make sure AEDs are available in every corner of the city. And this year, the 2020 Leadership Lake Oswego Class is partnering with the LO Chamber of Commerce to purchase four more AEDs.
That's where you come in. Because AEDs don't come cheap, we need to raise $10,000 by March 15 to make sure this happens.
Every dollar and every life saved counts, and we need your support.
If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact Chamber Executive Director Liz Hartman at 503-636-3634.
Leadership Lake Oswego Class of 2020
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