Happy Earth Day - Oregon Climate Action Plan Gives The Good News We All Need

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Happy Earth Day Backyard Bend. Let’s take today to appreciate the planet and our wonderful little piece of it here in Oregon. We are so fortunate to live in a place with clean air, clean water, a good food supply and abundant natural places. We celebrate the 50th Earth Day and Oregon today. Below is an announcement from the Oregon Environmental Council on the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP).  You can connect to the announcement on their website HERE.

OREGON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN GIVES THE GOOD NEWS WE ALL NEED  

With the world as we know it seemingly crashing down around us, it’s not difficult to become completely bogged down with bad news–but that’s even more reason to try to focus on the positive.

Earlier in March (the month that felt more like a year),Governor Kate Brown made history by taking sweeping executive action to address the climate crisis. Touted by advocates as the “Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP),” the executive order establishes a bold new goal for the state: reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon by at least 45% below 1990 levels by the year 2035, and by 80% by 2050.

With climate impacts weighing on Oregon, the executive order makes a critical down payment on reducing climate pollution. Citing a scientific, economic and moral imperative, OCAP directs 16 different state agencies to take action to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change impacts.

By taking action to reduce pollution, protect our health, and give our children the chance for a better future, the Beaver State solidifies its role as a national environmental leader. Oregon’s governor joins her counterparts in North Carolina, Maine, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Pennsylvania who have also taken climate action through executive orders. We are not acting alone, but rather are creating pathways for other states to take strong action.