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Speak up for Climate Action! Email your Legislator in Oregon

Did you know the Oregon Legislature hasn’t updated our state climate goals in over 15 years? We’ve fallen out of step with the Paris Climate Accord’s ambitions to keep the world below 1.5-degree warming. Washington, California and other states have updated their climate targets to be in line with what science demands, but Oregon still has not. Senate Bill 522 will finally change this, and legislators need to hear from you that this is a priority to get done.

The bill also modernizes the Oregon Global Warming Commission and expands representation, including adding a youth representative. The timing for this bill is right. The federal Inflation Reduction Act positions the U.S. for a significant ramp-up in clean energy deployment, which supports Oregon’s glide path to raise our climate ambition now. 
Currently, the bill is in the Ways and Means Committee (i.e, the legislative budget committee), awaiting its fate with most other policy bills. Your legislators need to hear from you NOW that this is a critical bill to pass this year. Don’t let our state go another year with outdated climate goals that don’t match our responsibility and opportunity to reduce climate pollution and protect Oregonians from the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

If you are an Oregon resident, you can click here to submit a letter to your Senator or Representative!

Author Bio

Meredith Connolly

Oregon Director, Climate Solutions

Meredith brings over a decade of climate policy experience to her work accelerating Oregon’s transition to a clean energy economy. She advocates for innovative and equitable policy solutions to reduce pollution and create clean energy jobs across the state. Currently, Meredith leads a team diligently working to electrify everything from cars, trucks, and buses to homes and buildings, and power it all with 100% clean electricity.

Prior to joining Climate Solutions, Meredith was a Climate and Energy Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. At NRDC, she advanced renewable energy policies in the U.S. and internationally. She also implemented programs to protect public health and improve climate resilience to heat waves and air pollution in India’s growing cities. Before NRDC, Meredith practiced law in the private sector.

Meredith is a member of the Oregon and California State Bar Associations. She holds a JD from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and French from Santa Clara University. In her free time, Meredith enjoys exploring her incredible home state of Oregon with her family and rooting too loudly for the Portland Thorns and Timbers.