Letters, April 9
Fire safety, not criminalization
In response to Robert I. Price referring to the Medford City Council as naive and ignorant, I believe the council is neither, in this instance.
Having seen the destructive fires of the past decade, it’s only common sense to try to negate the cause of some of these fires. This is not criminalization of homelessness.
Offer aid and hope to those affected, but protect the rest of us. There are so many examples of restricted activities for common good (restricted air space, blue algae bloom, etc.) that this is just so easy to understand.
Implement governor’s order
Rural Oregonians know we are experiencing warming, reducing snowpack, plus increasing summer drought and consequent fire risk. Global warming caused by human-induced greenhouse gas emissions is driving this trend. Years of efforts to establish a statewide program to reduce emissions leading Oregon to align with jurisdictions across the globe taking similar steps have been thwarted by Republican legislators consistently blocking action. This culminated in Republican walk-outs in 2019 and 2020.
As a result, Gov. Kate Brown’s March 2020 Executive Order 20-04 charged relevant state agencies with developing plans to reduce emissions, promote carbon sequestration from the atmosphere, and do so through a social justice lens that recognizes some communities suffer greater disadvantages than others in the confrontation with climate change and the co-pollutants released by our fossil fuel-based energy economy.
As the agencies develop programs scheduled to take effect in January 2022, we note that some are approaching the task with energy and enthusiasm, while others are foot-dragging. There is no problem facing life on this precious planet that is a greater threat than ongoing climate chaos, and none more urgent. We encourage all agencies to develop programs that will achieve the EO goals with urgency.
Alan Journet, co-facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN)