Take five climate actions in five days

In celebration of Climate Week, we are encouraging everyone to take five climate actions in five days to help us build visibility for the issue and urge decision-makers to act on climate. 

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Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

Author: Celeste Meiffren-Swango

State Director, Environment Oregon

(503) 231-1986 ext. 318

On staff: 2006-2009; 2010 to present
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arizona

As director of Environment Oregon, Celeste develops and runs campaigns to win real results for Oregon's environment. She has worked on issues ranging from preventing plastic pollution, stopping global warming, defending clean water, and protecting our beautiful places. Celeste's organizing has helped to reduce kids' exposure to lead in drinking water at childcare facilities in Oregon, encourage transportation electrification, ban single-use plastic grocery bags, defend our bedrock environmental laws and more. She is also the author of the children's book, Myrtle the Turtle, empowering kids to prevent plastic pollution. Celeste lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband and two daughters, where they frequently enjoy the bounty of Oregon's natural beauty.

Two things are very clear after the past two weeks we just had in Oregon: climate change is here and we need to do more than we ever have before. The good news is that it's not too late-- in fact, it's never too late-- to make our voices heard and push decision-makers to prioritize tackling climate change. 

This week is "Climate Week," which is a yearly week-long event that takes place in New York City co-hosted by the United Nations where climate experts and stakeholders convene to discuss climate change and climate solutions. 

So, in celebration of Climate Week this week, we are encouraging everyone to take five climate actions in five days to help us build visibility for the issue and urge decision-makers to act on climate. Please consider joining us.

Five climate actions in five days:

Monday: Sign up to be an Oregon Climate Defender. As a Climate Defender, you'll receive regular opportunities to make your voice heard on critical climate issues in Oregon, opportunities to sign up for activist trainings, and the resources you need to educate and engage your friends and neighbors. Already signed up? Ask five friends and family to do the same.

Tuesday: Learn more about the issue. Join our friends at Environment America in a discussion on how wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather events underscore the need for climate action and the urgent need to shift to renewable energy  You can view it on Environment America's Facebook page via Facebook Live at 10am Pacific/1pm EST.

Wednesday: Make your voice heard. Write and send a handwritten letter or personal email to your state legislators in support of strong climate action. You can find your Oregon legislators here and tips for writing a letter here

Thursday: Raise visibility. Post about the importance of taking action on climate change on social media. Social media can be a great way to raise visibility for an issue and get people in your life to engage on the topic. Use the hashtag #ClimateWeekofAction and share your thoughts, a compelling article and/or an action for people to take. 

Friday: Make your voice heard. Write and send a handwritten letter or personal email to your members of Congress in support of strong action on climate change. You can find your member of Congress here and here and tips for writing a letter here

Please feel free to reach out with thoughts, questions or pictures of you in action that we can use to inspire others.

Thank you for all you do, and have a great climate week.

Celeste Meiffren-Swango
State Director, Environment Oregon

Author: Celeste Meiffren-Swango

State Director, Environment Oregon

(503) 231-1986 ext. 318

On staff: 2006-2009; 2010 to present
B.A., magna cum laude, University of Arizona

As director of Environment Oregon, Celeste develops and runs campaigns to win real results for Oregon's environment. She has worked on issues ranging from preventing plastic pollution, stopping global warming, defending clean water, and protecting our beautiful places. Celeste's organizing has helped to reduce kids' exposure to lead in drinking water at childcare facilities in Oregon, encourage transportation electrification, ban single-use plastic grocery bags, defend our bedrock environmental laws and more. She is also the author of the children's book, Myrtle the Turtle, empowering kids to prevent plastic pollution. Celeste lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband and two daughters, where they frequently enjoy the bounty of Oregon's natural beauty.