SOFS Autumn 2021 Newsletter
December 9, 2021
A Gathering to say Farewell and Good Luck to Anna Cassilly
We’re going to gather at Garden Way Park (also called Soroptimist Park) on Thursday October 28, 2021 at 2:00pm to wish Anna Cassilly good luck and farewell as she is going to be moving to Corvallis.
Garden Way Park
771 Garden Way
Ashland, OR 97520
If you’d like, please bring a dish or appetizer or snack that you’d like to share. Totally optional.
Let’s hope it’s good outdoor gathering weather!
Contact Flavia Franco. Flavita10s@gmail.com 408-242-9933 for questions about this event.
Supporting Community Efforts to Address Climate Change
One of the many activities of SOCAN (Southern Oregon Climate Action Network) has been the establishment of the County and City Project.
If you are looking to get involved, you should contact Lorrie Kaplan: Lorrie@socan.eco
Also, Annette Mills of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition has started the Statewide Grassroots Climate Action Network.
Now is the time to be part of a larger group. We need to be heard, and show up in force to make the necessary changes happen. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get added into the group and get involved to help Oregon make this transition.
https://sustainablecorvallis.org Check out this website.
Our underlying goal…
…is to minimize food waste in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We do this by working in community to educate and inspire action for food production, usage, and disposal.
We can do this by supporting organizations that are already working to fill gaps in the food cycle in our community, and organizations already working to address climate change. And we can do this by becoming visible advocates for reducing greenhouse gas emissions like preventing food waste. There are opportunities to plug in – here are a few:
There are vacant positions on the Ashland climate related commissions: 2 positions each in the Climate Policy Commission, and the Conservation and Climate Outreach Commission.
Local city council meetings need to have citizens show up and express their concern and request action to reduce greenhouse gases. Find out when your council meets and show up (and invite your friends to show up) to make comments that get entered into the public record.
Established organizations in our area that are working on food issues need volunteers. Through connecting to others, we bring our community closer together, and that will allow us to thrive.
And as restrictions are lifted, Southern Oregon Food Solutions will be looking for opportunities to be tabling – perhaps partnering with other local organizations.
A highly recommended autumn read: “Regeneration; Ending the climate crisis in one generation” – compiled and edited by Paul Hawken. Just reading the first few pages so far, but it promises to be very powerful. Excerpts from the book were captured in the recent Fall 2021 edition of the Sierra Club magazine.