Are you ready to get involved in local climate activism?

Please join us in the Drawdown Eugene campaign as we advocate for successful planning, completion and adoption of the City of Eugene’s Climate Action Plan 2 (CAP 2). The term “Drawdown” comes from the inspired work of Paul Hawken and colleagues.

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You don’t need to have any prior knowledge or experience with politics. Bring whatever skills you have and learn with us!

Contact Linda Heyl: [email protected]

Monthly Drawdown meetings take place on the second Monday of the month at First United Methodist Church (1376 Olive St) from 5:00-6:30 pm. We use this time to check in, note what we’ve completed, discuss new priorities, and to learn from, support and inspire each other.

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Summer 2019 Update

We are in a climate emergency!!! Drawdown Eugene is organizing for Community Solutions. There are now 5 Action Groups moving this work forward. Contact Linda Heyl for further info about any group.

  1. Step Out! For Zero Carbon (Walking group). Meets first and third Monday of each month, 3:00 at Perugino’s on Willamette
  2. Climate Revolutions by Bike
    • Family-friendly bike ride, first Saturday of each month, 2 PM, Monroe Park (for now)
    • Between Rides advocacy meeting, second Tuesday of each month, 6:00 at Falling Sky Brewery, 1334 Oak Ally
  3. 350 Bike Team: contact Linda Heyl about next meeting date
  4. Increase Transit Ridership Action Group: Contact Linda Heyl about next meeting date
  5. Electrification of Transportation Action Group: Meets 4th Wednesday of each month, 6:00-7:00, LCC Downtown Campus, 4th floor conference room by elevator.
  6. There is also a Lane County Climate Action Group (not under the Drawdown umbrella). Meets first Wednesday of each month, UU church, 13th Street, 6:00-7:30

The City of Eugene’s continues plodding its path to making a Climate Action Plan, which is due for completion by the end of 2019.

THE FIRST RESULTS ARE NOT GOOD!!!

Recommendations for Additional Eugene Climate Actions to Meet Eugene’s Climate Recovery Ordinance Targets and Goals

There are 3 targets that the CAP is designed to reach. But currently there are yawning gaps!

How will these gaps be filled, to complete the job? City staff have given the City Councilors 11 Gap Strategy Options to consider. A negotiation of a new franchise agreement with Northwest Natural, the local gas utility, is an integral component. The Drawdown Energy Committee has given the councilors our recommendations regarding the Gap Strategy Options relating to NWN Gas.

At Council’s work session held June 17, 2019 we were thrilled that the CAP Equity Panel submitted its report with about 40 strong recommendations developed by representatives of Eugene’s frontline communities. But we were underwhelmed with the City staff’s update on the Gap Strategies, and council didn’t give staff any clear directions on next steps. The process has become frustratingly slow, showing no urgency for actions needed NOW! Council must make decisions about how to fill the gaps to reach the CAP targets!

Write your councilor, urging them to provide leadership. Ask which Gap Strategies they will recommend to complete the CAP. Ask that they give clear direction to the Sustainability staff so they can finalize the CAP and get on with implementation.

Tell them we don’t have time to waste!