Dr. Alan Journet believes Curry and Del Norte county residents need to know about the local ramifications of climate change and will present data reflecting that at a meeting in Brookings next month.

Journet and Kathy Conway are co-founders of Medford-based Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN), a nonprofit that works to combat climate change at the local level. The organization is also forming a local chapter for coastal residents.

“Although climate pollution and its consequences might not be the highest priority for coastal Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians, the reality is that we are suffering now,” Journet said. “And our suffering will only increase if we don’t address the problem.”

Journet will give a presentation entitled “Our Climate Crisis: The Urgency Grows” at 5 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings.

“Coastal residents may have noticed warmer temperatures and smoky skies over the last few years and wondered what is happening,” Journet said. “While the term ‘natural disaster’ is often used to describe the climate trends we are experiencing, this is no longer acceptable.”

Journet will discuss the trends and projections of rising temperatures, reduced snowpack, more heat waves, droughts and forest fires, rising sea levels and acidifying oceans many thought would not be seen for decades and that are being experienced now.

He will identify recent United Nations and U.S. Global Change Research Program reports, which outline the urgency of the situation and the costs to the environment, peoples’ lives and the economy.

And he will outline what is happening in the Oregon legislature that could help the state mitigate the problems.

Those interested in joining a local SOCAN nonprofit can obtain information at the February meeting or by contacting Ed Patterson: atedlinpat@gmail.com or 530-432-4245.

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