Divest Oregon Launches "Risky Business: Oregon Treasury's Fossil Fuel Problem"

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The Oregon State Treasury needs to change its investment strategy, concluded a new report which Oregon PSR co-sponsored called "Risky Business: Oregon Treasury's Fossil Fuel Problem." The report details the investments in fossil fuels made by the Oregon State Treasury that are known to the public, and outlines how continued support of the fossil fuel industry by the state exposes Oregonians to climate and health risks, economic cost, and financial risks. "Risky Business" reveals how the Oregon State Treasury has at least $5.3 billion invested in fossil fuel companies with over $1 billion invested in the coal industry alone. A great place to find a summary is on Divest Oregon's Report webpage.

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We Did It! Thank You for Helping us Meet our Match

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Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, Oregon PSR surpassed our Earth Day Challenge matching pledge in April, raising over $10,000 to support our climate work. Thank you so much! As we celebrated a holiday in honor of protecting our environment, as well as our significant victories for healthier communities and a healthier climate over the past decade, we also acknowledged the growing impacts of devastating climate chaos and injustice and the many challenges ahead.

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2022 Greenfield Peace Scholarship Awards Ceremony

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We hope that you were able to join us on April 28th for an evening of celebration of the high school student winners of our 2022 Greenfield Peace Scholarship. The Greenfield Peace Scholarship is an opportunity to hear from young Oregonians on some of the most pressing issues of our time. We sponsor this annual scholarship to encourage Oregon’s youth to consider their leadership role in promoting a more healthy, just, and peaceful world. Named in honor of Del Greenfield, our longtime Executive Director, the scholarship is in its 14th consecutive year in 2022.

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Are You Up for the Healthy Climate Challenge?

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We have some exciting news to share: Five of our incredible Healthy Climate Action Team volunteers have stepped up to issue a $5,000 matching challenge in honor of Earth Day on April 22nd. We need your help to meet their generous match by the end of April.

Will you support our work for a healthy climate in honor of Earth Day with a financial contribution today, knowing that your donation will be matched 1 to 1?  

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Member Spotlight: Karen Weliky, DMD, Peace Work Group Member

Karen Weliky, DMD is a volunteer with Oregon PSR’s Peace Work Group. She first discovered the organization through her work as a photographer for art events at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon Annex with our We Hold Sacred nuclear justice exhibit in 2021. She has taken photographs for Oregon PSR rallies to stop pipeline construction, including our Stop Line 3 health professionals solidarity event earlier this year, and she hopes to continue her event photography for the organization as in-person events resume. In addition to her arts background, Karen comes to Oregon PSR with a robust science background through her past and present careers as an oceanographer and a dentist, enabling her to act upon her converging passions for climate change and health advocacy.

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Meet Our 2022 Greenfield Peace Scholarship Judges!

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Join Oregon PSR online on Thursday, April 28th at 6:00 PM for an evening of celebration of the high school student winners of our 2022 Greenfield Peace Scholarship. The Greenfield Peace Scholarship is an opportunity to hear from young Oregonians on some of the most pressing issues of our time. We sponsor this annual scholarship to encourage Oregon’s youth to consider their leadership role in promoting a more healthy, just, and peaceful world. Named in honor of Del Greenfield, our longtime Executive Director, the scholarship is in its 14th consecutive year in 2022.

The 2022 Greenfield Peace Scholarship Awards Ceremony will stream live on Oregon PSR's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

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Let's Talk Trash

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On April 20th, we hosted Let’s Talk Trash, an online discussion of Oregon PSR’s campaign to oppose trash incineration in Marion County and beyond. We explored the health effects of waste incineration, how we can eliminate the burning of trash in Oregon, and a zero-waste system that reduces trash and pollution while protecting and putting the health of Oregon’s communities first.

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Nuclear Power is Not a Climate Solution: Three Recent Webinars

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Oregon PSR members and our allies have been part of three recent webinars all exploring aspects of why nuclear power is not a climate solution. We invite you to watch these to learn more about the inherent problems with nuclear power.  

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2022 Legislative Short Session Wrap-Up

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Oregon’s 2022 short legislative session ended with a number of bills that passed amidst challenging global and local circumstances. With the ongoing pandemic and last summer’s deadly heat waves taking a disproportionate toll on marginalized communities, it was heartening that Oregon’s legislature took action on so many important issues. 

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Health Impacts of Gas Appliances Webinar

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On February 24th, 2022, Oregon PSR and our partners at Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) presented an online webinar exploring the health impacts of gas appliances.

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