From small business owners to firefighters to city engineers, more Oregonians know that climate change is here.
On Feb. 4, Environment Oregon launched a new website, “This is Climate Change,” to share the stories of Oregonians who experience the impacts of climate change in their daily lives. They include Don Sampson, a former fisheries biologist from the Columbia River Basin, who has seen how more frequent wildfires and decreasing snowpacks have impacted rural communities, especially traditional hunters and food gatherers such as himself. Don is working with tribal leaders to create adaptation and mitigation strategies in the Pacific Northwest.
“We are sharing the stories of these Oregonians to reinforce to decision-makers and others that climate change isn’t an issue that will impact us in the distant future, but one that’s impacting us, our neighbors and our environment right now,” said Environment Oregon State Director Celeste Meiffren-Swango.
Photo: 'This is Climate Change' launched on Feb. 4. Credit: Environment Oregon.