By Michelle Frost

A free community education event called Climate Change Coming Home invites you to a discussion of the impacts of climate change and how this region is being affected by changing weather patterns.

The guest speaker is former Secretary of State, Bill Bradbury, who will present current strategies to reduce carbon emissions and initiatives addressing energy needs in the Northwest.

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has just completed the Seventh Northwest Power Plan which details a 20 year regional power plan. Bill Bradbury currently serves on its board as one of two representatives from Oregon, and was Council Chair from 2012 to 2014.

Bradbury has written an article for Climate Solutions, Planning and preparing for climate change in the Northwest (dated November 17, 2015).

“The climate is warming, and that portends changes in the future demand for electricity here in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. That’s our job at the Council – keeping the region’s electricity supply adequate, efficient,affordable, and reliable.”

To read the full article online see climatesolutions.org/article/1447736722-planning-climate-change-northwest

Every five years, the Council looks 20 years into the future and revises its Northwest Power Plan, to provide guidance on future power demand and resources to the Bonneville Power Administration, the region’s largest electricity supplier.

By law, Bonneville’s administrator is required to make decisions about future resources consistent with the Council’s plan.

This community education event is organized by SE 58th Ave Resilience with participation by 350PDX and Renew Oregon.

350PDX strives to build a diverse grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.  Among their major accomplishments, the group organized thousands of participants to oppose and draw attention to Shell’s arctic drilling. They succeeded in delaying a Shell arctic icebreaker ship for 40 hours, ultimately increasing public understanding of the impact of arctic drilling.

The group also led the Portland People’s Climate March in September 2014, Oregon’s largest climate action to date and succeeded in getting Multnomah County to divest from fossil fuel holdings.

Renew Oregon works to create local jobs and healthy communities, and to support clean energy, holding polluters accountable and positioning Oregon as a center for innovation and growth.

Climate Change Coming Home is inspired by the desire for neighborhoods to be informed about ways Oregon is already being impacted by climate change, and how everyday citizens might participate in both advocating for a stronger clean energy plan and helping our city become more resilient to already occurring impacts of climate change.

Bradbury was Oregon’s Secretary of State from 1999 to 2009. Previously, he served in the Oregon Legislature, 1981 to 1995.  In 2010, Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Bradbury to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

A native of Illinois born in 1949, Bradbury grew up in Chicago and Pennsylvania before moving west. He worked in broadcast journalism prior to running for public office.

This event is free and open to the public at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont, on Tuesday, January 12, at 7 pm.  Call 503.974.4849 or see 350pdx.org /reneworegon.org.