Global Warming in Central Oregon: Impacts & Opportunities

Start: Thursday, January 24, 2019 7:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (GMT-08:00)

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Global Warming in Central Oregon: Impacts & Opportunities

Worthy Brewing Company  

495 NE Bellevue Drive       Bend

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Global warming: It’s now an increasingly destructive presence that has moved from our doorstep to our living room. From wildfires, to air quality, and water supplies, its impacts in Central Oregon are growing stronger and more costly every day. Fortunately, we have a narrowing window of opportunity to choose bold actions that will lessen the growing magnitude of these events. Learn what we can do to avoid the most catastrophic effects, and how these actions will benefit your health, finances, and quality of life. In addition to global warming impacts to businesses and individuals in Central Oregon, presenters will discuss policy options, electric vehicles, and an expanding list of personal choices and incentives that you’ll want to know about.

Panel members:

Yancy Lind

Yancy is a fisheries activist and blogger at Central Oregon Informed Angler ( He is active in two fishing clubs, Central Oregon Flyfishers (President, Conservation Chair, Education Chair, Outings Chair, Flyfisher of the Year, Conservation Award) and the Association of NW Steelheaders (co-founder and president of the Deschutes Basin Chapter). He was the creator of the decommissioned website that played a central role in raising awareness and funding for the fish ladder now being installed at Opal Springs Dam on the Crooked River and is currently on the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife's Restoration & Enhancement Board.

George Wuerthner

A popular speaker in the Pacific Northwest, George has established his reputation as an expert resource on the nexus of forests, wildfire, and ecology. A background in science communication and ecology has driven his passion for protection of the forests and wildlands. He has published 38 books about forests and wildfires, and wilderness protection. Titles include Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of the Earth, and Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness as the Foundation for Conservation. While pursuing his Ph.D, George was invited to join the Foundation for Deep Ecology where he worked for wildlands philanthropist Doug Tompkins. There, George assisted in the publication of many environmentally oriented titles including Welfare Ranching: The subsidized destruction of the Arid West, Thrillcraft" The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation, Plundering Appalachia, Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy, and Energy: The Delusion of Endless Growth. His first hand experience working in the forests as a BLM cadastral surveyor in Alaska, stand exam crew on the Nez Perce National Forest, and a number of jobs in Alaska including a backcountry ranger also helped to shape his understanding on many levels.

Bill Knights

Bill Knight recently retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he worked as a physical scientist and deputy director at the National Tsunami Warning Center. He was best known there for integrating earth, ocean, and atmospheric science themes together for presentation to young audiences and staff. His academic background includes chemistry, physics, and oceanography. Bill has created science education programs and presentations in many settings, including nonprofit conferences, general public, and school districts.

Diane Hodiak, MBA

Diane is the executive director of 350Deschutes, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to address global warming through education, actions, and policy. “350” refers to the safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Today that level is at 409, considered an emergency level. Diane also hosts carbonfreeda’s powerup, a show on all things climate change, on KPOV high desert community radio, which airs at 9:30 am on first and third Fridays.

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