No corner of our state was left untouched by climate-fueled storms and harms last year. Almost every season was marked by impacts, including wildfire, smoke, drought, flooding and deadly heat waves. After the climate extremes we all suffered through last year (during a global pandemic)—we know there is no taking a year off from climate action.
Our state leaders did step up on climate last year. They took action to move our state to 100% clean electricity and started to address environmental justice.
But the growing climate crisis will not take a year off from hurting our state, and our legislators cannot take a year off from making climate progress either.
There is unfinished business that didn’t get done last year, and also other key policies our legislators can pass to ensure that we stop making things worse—and start making them better—when it comes to climate change and addressing long-term inequities from pollution.
The biggest thing they can do on climate this year? Let communities across the state do all they can to cut pollution and make their buildings more energy efficient. An outdated law currently holds our cities and towns back from reaching their climate goals. The Oregon Legislature needs to finish the job from 2021 and pass the Reach code bill (SB 1518) this session.
Thanks for all you do to accelerate climate solutions!