Blue Green Coalition Meeting – 170914

Next Meeting

Date: Thursday, September 14th
Time: 5:30pm
Location: 688 Charnelton St. Eugene

Agenda Items:

  1. Building The Coalition
  2. Climate Adaptation; Building green jobs in Lane County. this will be a short presentation on climate adaptation and how we could create jobs locally by

Adaptation – adapting to life in a changing climate – involves adjusting to actual or expected future climate. The goal is to reduce our vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change (like sea-level encroachment, more intense extreme weather events or food insecurity).

We have seen the effects of extreme weather with Hurricane Harvey, and here in Oregon the rampant uncontrollable forest fires. The Department of Defense has said that the number one threat to the safety and security of our nation is climate change. If we can't stop it we need to at least prepare for the problems that will arise.

Preparing for droughts, food shortages, water shortages & Droughts, Extreme Storms, Coastal Flooding, Forest Fires. If we do not begin adapting our infrastructure to withstand these effects of unchecked climate change our communities will suffer and people will die.

How do we combat these problems;

  1. Begin building indoor vertical farms that will require less water and produce more food than traditional farming.
  2. Develop safe ways to sea water and create plants and pipe lines from the coast to carry water to communities and farms throughout Oregon.
  3. Create solar and wind farms to generate energy and decrees our dependency on foreign oil and gas.

Updating our infrastructure and preparing and adapting to the increasing extreme weather we are seeing because of climate change will create good green jobs in or community and will help us to mitigate the security threat that is posed by climate change.

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