Raise your voice!
The Community Climate Action Plan is the result of months of hard work by the Climate Action Steering Committee, a volunteer committee made up of Bend residents. This fall, the plan is being presented to the city council for a vote and implementation; it’s a make or break moment, and we need to turn out and encourage the council to pass the strongest possible version of the plan. We’ll be at the council meetings on November 6th and 20th, to speak to the upcoming vote (tentatively scheduled for December 4th), and we’d love to see you there!

Speakers and support

  • If you’re planning to speak, the council usually takes speakers in the order they’ve signed up. Each speaker will have 3 minutes – about 330 words, depending on speed. The meeting starts at 7 pm, so if you want to speak early, you may want to arrive around 6 pm to sign up, then get some food or coffee and come back around 6:55 for the meeting. It will be held at City Hall, 710 NW Wall St (Across from the library)
  • If you’re planning to support the speakers, let us know if you are able to go to the podium to stand with someone who is speaking. Whether from the podium or the audience, come amplify the climate momentum growing in Central Oregon!

Wondering what to say?

  • Ask the council to approve and strengthen the climate action plan. Emphasize that  climate scientists are now telling us we have little more than a decade to address the looming climate crisis, and ask the city council to prioritize strategies which not only meet the 2030 and 2050 timelines outlined in the plan, but accelerate them and move us even more quickly away from fossil fuels and dirty emissions, and toward a clean energy future.
  • Summaries of the plan can be found here and here. If there’s a strategy or benefit which is important to you, your family, your business or interests, personal perspectives always make an impact!

Why the Home Energy Score matters:

The Home Energy score allows buyers and renters to anticipate their energy costs in a new residence, making it easier to budget and upgrade their home’s efficiency. Read more on this tool here, and tell the city council to adopt the Home Energy Score as part of the Community Climate Action Plan.

Other ways to share your support:

Email the city council! Write to the entire council at council@bendoregon.gov or find contact info for individual council members here.

Bend residents: Have you signed the petition yet? Click here for another way to urge the city to pass a strong climate plan.

 

 

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Fridays For Future – Youth Climate Strike

350 Deschutes supports the student strikes being organized here in Oregon and world wide! In September of 2019, hundreds in Central Oregon joined millions around the globe to raise their voices for the future and the planet. This momentum continues with Fridays for Future throughout the school year. In Bend, youth strikes are happening Fridays at 4 pm on the corner of Greenwood and Wall.

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Residents of Bend: Ask the city council for an ordinance on oil and LNG by rail!

Take Action in Central Oregon

Bend Residents: Let the City Council know you support a strong Community Climate Action Plan!

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Deschutes County Residents: Ask the County Commissioners to start the transition to a strong energy future