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The Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) has joined Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency, an international initiative that supports tourism businesses, organizations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to cut global carbon emissions to 55% below 2017 levels by 2030.
11/4/2021 – Earlier in the day, the Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism was launched, an initiative to galvanise the global travel and tourism industry to commit to a decade of climate action.This afternoon event was designed to build on this and create a dynamic opportunity for leading tourism stakeholders around the globe to highlight good practice and innovation on the journey to net zero, while exploring the actions, enablers and barriers to achieving it. None of us individually hold all the answers, but collectively we can share our knowledge and accelerate climate action.
10.12.2021 – Climate change has the potential to significantly impact travel and tourism in the coming years, but our sector also has a tremendous opportunity to be a catalyst for change, and to do so it is imperative that we work closely together. You do not need to be an expert nor committed to a climate action plan to engage in this conversation.
10/12/2021 Workshop with OCVA’s climate scientist Patty Martin during the 2021 People’s Coast Summit
8/21/2021 – Arica Sears and Climate Change Specialist Patty Martin as they give the ASPN audience a peek behind the curtain at the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) and it’s recent commitment to climate action. Climate change has the potential to significantly impact travel and tourism in the coming years, but this sector also has a tremendous opportunity to be a catalyst for change, and to do so it is imperative that coastal communities and tourism destinations work closely together. Explore the role of tourism in climate change, what they’ve learned at OCVA so far and where they are going next.
Research and Data
The Oregon Department of Transportation’s work to address the impacts of climate change is continually evolving, and the Climate Action Plan will be updated as needed to reflect advancements and changes.
Oregon Climate - News Updates
11.23.2021. Yahoo News
“That grim reality has brought the urgency of global warming home for even conservative residents of his home state, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., told Yahoo News earlier this month at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
“Fifteen years ago in rural parts of the state, people would say, ‘Oh, this is just some Ivy League invention,'” Merkley said. Today those same constituents, many of whom are fishermen, understand that “the trout streams were warmer and smaller, and it affects them.”
7.19.2021, ODFW News Release
House Bill 2021, which commits Oregon to 100% clean, carbon-free energy by 2040, was just passed by the state legislature! The Governor has committed to signing it so Oregon will now have the most ambitious 100% clean law in the country.
Oregon Climate Action Initiatives (non-tourism)
Purpose: Make forestry in Oregon a leader in climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Oregon Department of Forestry will be a leader in promoting climate-smart forest policies and actions that achieve our vison by operationalizing goals, implementing actions, and measuring progress to achieving climate goals.
The Climate Protection Program, a new regulatory program starting in 2022, will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon over the next thirty years. The Climate Protection Program sets a declining limit, or cap, on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels used throughout Oregon, including diesel, gasoline, natural gas and propane, used in transportation, residential, commercial and industrial settings. The program also regulates site-specific greenhouse gas emissions at manufacturing facilities, such as emissions from industrial processes, with a best available emissions reductions approach.
For more information contact:
Arica Sears, Deputy Director Oregon Coast Visitors Association
Strategy, Tourism Industry Contact, Outreach, Planning
Patty Martin, Oregon Coast Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency Contractor
Research, Resource and Energy Agencies Contact, Solutions