Local environmental groups sponsor speakers on climate change

Rebecca Flitcroft, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, will be talking on the topic of climate change on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Newport Public Library. (Courtesy photo)

Event is Jan. 16 at Newport Public Library

The 350.org Oregon Central Coast and the Newport group of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) are sponsoring a meeting with three speakers who will talk about the local effects of climate change.

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Newport Public Library, located at 35 NW Nye St.  

Rebecca Flitcroft, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, will be speaking about survival in times of change: climate and salmon of the Oregon Coast Range. Her research focuses on aquatic systems from the headwaters to the ocean. She uses both statistical and physical representations of stream networks and estuaries in analysis and monitoring to more realistically represent system complexity and connectivity for aquatic species. In her work, Flitcroft has collaborated with federal, state, private and nonprofit organizations.  

David E. Rupp, assistant professor at the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, will be discussing the local impacts of climate change. Since 2011, he has been a research scientist at the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, where he investigates how a warming planet affects the climate of the Pacific Northwest and how regional climate change impacts the environment, with a particular emphasis on water resources.

Brian Ettling, a volunteer for the Citizens Climate Lobby in Portland, will be discussing the pricing of carbon in upcoming federal and state legislation. A bi-partisan bill has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate that would put a price on carbon. The 2019 Oregon Legislature is expected to consider “cap and trade” carbon reduction legislation. Ettling was a seasonal park ranger at Crater Lake National Park and Everglades National Park for more than 25 years. While working in the national parks, he saw the negative impacts of climate change on these national treasures. This led him to give more than 200 climate change talks over the past eight years as a park ranger, Toastmaster, Climate Reality Leader and as a volunteer for Citizens Climate Lobby.

 

About Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. The Newport group is one of many groups in Oregon. Nationally, CCL sponsored 3,296 public events and 1,656 lobby meetings in 2017 with chapters in 87 percent of the Congressional districts. CCL supports a market-driven carbon fee and dividend approach to reduce carbon dioxide to 50 percent of 1990 levels while creating 2.8 million jobs.

 

About 350.org Central Oregon Coast

350.org Oregon Central Coast is a member of the worldwide 350.org environmental organization, an international environmental organization encouraging citizens to action with the belief that publicizing the increasing levels of carbon dioxide will pressure world leaders to address climate change and to reduce levels from 400 parts per million to 350 parts per million, which is the level some scientists believe is necessary to protect the climate. The local group can be found on Facebook by searching 350 Oregon Central Coast.

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