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Salem Needs a Climate Action Plan

Sign the petition here

Salem is the only major city in Oregon that has not completed or begun to work on a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and associated climate impacts. 

What is a Climate Action Plan?

A Climate Action Plans is a set of coordinated policy actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality while providing equitable co-benefits to the community (positive impacts beyond emissions reductions) like:

  • Attracting businesses, creating jobs, and retaining young workers
  • Increasing public transit options particularly for low income groups
  • Applying smart city planning to bring affordable housing closer to job opportunities
  • Improving energy resiliency and increasing capacity to respond to emergencies
  • Supporting safer walkable/bikeable communities and increasing access to green spaces
  • Making healthy food more accessible

Why now?

The Salem City Council is currently working on strategic plan that will set a limited number of goals to achieve in the next five years. We want the goals to include a Climate Action Plan for Salem that will lead to emissions reductions and other benefits for our city.

What can we do about it?

  • Sign the petition to the City Council and share it widely. Click here
  • Join 350 Salem OR at the Salem Strategic Plan Open House
    June 1 Broadway Coffee House 1300 Broadway St. NE  6:00 -8:00 pm
    This is our chance to tell the City Council to get serious about climate change and to have a voice in other priorities for Salem’s future.
    Learn more about the Salem Strategic Plan here. 
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Featured Video

Jo Ann Hardesty presentation
at 350 Salem OR Quarterly Forum on April 9
Race & Climate Justice – Why Communities of Color Must Lead the Revolution to Clean Energy
https://vimeo.com/212658658

Thank you to videographer Raymond Dukes