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Youth speakers to offer tips on reducing carbon impact

The public is welcome to come to the Ashland Climate Change Youth Challenge’s third event Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Bellview Grange.

Ashland teens in Jim Hartman’s Climate Change Solutions class at Ashland High School will discuss how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from goods we buy and what happened at the latest international climate change conference in Poland — and, for balance, attendees will also hear about cultivating happiness in this time of climate disruption.

The special guest this time will be Alli French, who will talk about the Talent Maker City, a new local inclusive community which combines art, commerce and sustainability. French is a former health teacher at Ashland High School who is taking on a second career as the vice chair and programs director of Talent Maker City.

This is not a community forum, but a chance to hear what are young people have to say, plus to give a key player in our community a chance to be heard, according to organizers, who ask people to turn out an “support our youth by attending and listening to what they have to share.”

The event is set to run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the grange at 975 Tolman Creek Road in Ashland. Enjoy a low-carbon dinner and follow-up conversations afterwards from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

This month’s Ashland Climate Youth Challenge is supported by the Bellview Grange and Southern Oregon Climate Action Now.

Jim Hartman leads a session of the Climate Change Youth Challenge last fall at the Thalden Pavilion. (Photo by John Darling)