The Oregon Stewardship Tour started Thursday off with a morning interview with Jefferson Public Radio. The Jefferson Exchange’s Geoffrey Riley interviewed Brian Ettling and Jim Walls, who successfully led Lake County to be a net exporter of clean energy.
At 1 p.m., Brian Ettling gave a climate change talk to the Mayor of Klamath Falls and 8 other staff from various government agencies invited by the mayor. All of them liked the moderate middle-of-the-road approach of trying to solve climate change with respect, appreciation, and gratitude. Since all of them worked for either the state or federal agencies as scientists or regularly read up on science, most of them wanted to have the conversation about climate change impacts and solutions.
In the evening, Brian gave his climate change talk to 25 citizens in downtown Klamath Falls. Attendees there were also concerned about the effects of milder and warmer winters and a more intense fire season. Another concern was changes in animal behavior (birds migrating further south to winter ending up in the Klamath Falls area). The long-term residents observed that some birds are not coming to the Klamath area for the winter now that it is warmer. Other birds have shown up in Klamath Falls that never had been seen there before.
Since Brian has been on the road giving climate change talks for the past 9 days,
he had better answers to the hard questions he got frequently on the road. Audience members had pressing questions, such as:
- How exactly would the dividend be administered?
- Can you really trust Congress to pass this?
- How much would the total sum of the dividend in year 1, 10 years and 20 years?
Brian and Sherrill, the leader of the Southern Oregon CCL group, were able to pull up the Citizens’ Climate Lobby website. We then went to the specific pages to answer their questions on climate change, such as the REMI (Regional Economic Models, Inc.) study and the Household Impacts study page. On the REMI Report page, we showed our audience
This Klamath Falls evening audience seemed really happy when we showed how them how to navigate the CCL website to find the answers the questions they wanted answer. One of the best parts of this tour is that learning each day to improve ourselves to be more effective presenters based upon the address. This was so much more effective than just saying, “I don’t know,” which people hate to hear.