Guest blog by Giselle Lopez Ixta
Every morning feels too painful to wake up. I’m scared to hear about another death, another racist incident, another deportation, a family separation, and of politics. I am a migrant queer xicana. I was born in Apatzingan, Michoacán, Mexico. When I was five years old, I arrived in Woodburn where my parents had been farmworkers. When I was ten years old, I received my citizenship, even as my mother was deported for ten years.
In summer 2016, I was the Environmental Leadership and Justice Intern at Oregon Environmental Council (OEC). ...
What works best for you to create change: uniting people, or dividing them? OEC was founded on the premise that, if we bring people together, we can use the best of our collective ingenuity to protect what we love.
Today, we find it’s not enough to unite people: we must also actively reject efforts to divide Oregonians. As an anti-immigrant movement gains ground in Oregon, it is critical for OEC to assert that we are not simply silent on the issue: we are pro-immigrant environmentalists.
This month, Causa Oregon and OEC invited about 40 leaders from environmental ...
Ah, Halloween: The parade of costumes and candy will be over in a flash--but not before Americans have spent $6.9 billion dollars on costumes, decorations and candy! Here are a few tips to make your Halloween fabulous—even as you cut down on the ripple effects of your consumer choices.
Avoid PVC plastic: That flexible, shiny plastic with a "plastic" smell might be flashy and affordable—but it comes with a hidden cost. PVC introduces toxic chemicals into the environment, and also adds to the problem of plastic waste that does not break down for centuries. If you ...
When people think of an electric vehicle (EVs), most of us still think of a futuristic and expensive piece of machinery. But you don’t have to break the bank to save the environment; EV’s are becoming increasingly affordable.
The price of EVs is coming down quickly. Earlier this year, GM and Tesla both offered “every day EVs” that have lower upfront costs and longer ranges. And even though electric vehicles may cost more up front, they’re still cheaper in the long run.
Transportation is the second highest expense for most US families, averaging more than ...
As November approaches, change is in the air. Not just the changing color of autumn leaves, but also change that will be determined by the votes we cast on important ballot measures across the state. So as you break out your fall gear and recipes for hearty soups for the colder days ahead we hope you’ll take note of some important measures that matter to your community.
Across the State
The Outdoor School for All ballot measure is focused on securing and expanding opportunities for Oregon students across the state to participate in outdoor education. OEC believes ...
As the mother to a nine-month-old baby, I think about the future more now than I ever did before. Recently several of our lawmakers — including my Forest Grove representative, Susan McLain — visited to hear what our community wants for our transportation future. Transportation is going to be a big issue in the upcoming legislative session...
This year our country is celebrating 100 years of national parks. They are special places woven into the fabric of American life — from the iconic view of California's Yosemite Valley to our own Crater Lake. Yet these places are threatened by the ever-increasing impacts of climate change.
It takes hard work, collaboration, and patience to pass new laws in Oregon’s legislature. Sometimes, after years of trying, countless hearings, thousands of emails, and many meetings, we succeed–with gratitude for the help from OEC supporters. And when we are successful, we can transform the system to reflect Oregon’s values.
Oregon’s Toxic Free Kids Act is a notable example of our success. In 2015, we partnered with businesses, parents, doctors, legislators, and individuals – including many of you - to create one of the nation’s strongest consumer product ...
With binders, pens and a large backpack strewn across a bright blue bus stop bench, two “citizen scientists” prepare their materials near the Beyer Court Apartments in Portland’s Lents neighborhood. Izzy unzips the backpack and carefully turns on a “micro-aetholometer” that measures tiny particles in the air similar to what he is breathing. Izzy and his colleague Adriana each open a binder and begin taking notes on passing people, on traffic, and on the sights and sounds and lifestyles in the neighborhood.
Izzy and Adriana are Americorps Fellows with Green ...
by Karen Lewotsky
We’ve all been dismayed, watching our southern neighbor deal with the consequences of disappearing groundwater. It’s hard to believe the horrific impacts as the water tables drop in California—lower, lower, and lower. As the Central Valley sinks, we’ve heard rumors about homes, business and even small towns being abandoned for lack of water. We’ve heard that some are rushing to use as much as possible before it’s gone, seeking short-term profit in the face of the inevitable loss of income. “Fortunately,” we think to ourselves, “it ...