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Mardi Gras Fundraiser
February 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm$25
Mardi Gras Fundraiser to support Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN).
The Mardi Gras celebration will take place Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 6-9PM at the Ashland
Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road (next to Bellview Elementary School). Tickets, at $25
each, are available from Catie Faryl email@example.com or 541 535-1854. Consider attending this
fun Mardi Gras celebration supporting action that addresses our serious global warming emergency.
Enjoy a 4-course Cajun dinner comprising a choice of Cajun Shrimp, Chicken Gumbo, or Vegetarian
Gumbo with beignets for dessert, a no-host beer and wine bar courtesy of Platt Anderson Cellars,
and a brief dinner theatre program with music and actor Barret O’Brien offering an excerpt from his
recent tours. The ticket price includes a copy of Julia Seidler’s book, “Living with the Enemy or How
Chemical Toxins in Your Home Affect Your Health.” Tickets at the door are subject to seating
Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) was formed in 2012. Since then, through legislative
testimony, letters to the editor, presentations and courses, and other public educational efforts,
SOCAN has been encouraging rural Oregonians, including foresters and farmers, to help mitigate
global warming. We can achieve this by adopting practices that sequester or capture atmospheric
carbon dioxide and put it into the vegetation and soil as stable, long term organic matter.
Although SOCAN is largely a volunteer effort, these activities incur considerable expense. This
fundraiser will help the nonprofit SOCAN continue to educate the public and our representatives on
the latest developments in climate research, including actions available for natural and working lands
to optimize atmospheric carbon capture.
SOCAN Co-founder and co-facilitator Alan Journet recently noted: “Let’s put Oregon’s 30 million
acres of forested and agricultural lands to work to help mitigate global warming; we need to return the
atmospheric carbon dioxide back into these systems as vegetation and soil organic matter. We will
likely not achieve our needed greenhouse gas reduction goals without taking such actions.”
SOCAN is an organization of over 1500 Southern Oregonians who are concerned about global
warming and its climate change consequences. The mission of this 501 -C-3 non-profit, is to promote
awareness and understanding about the science, causes, and consequences of climate change.
SOCAN works with individuals and organizations in Southern Oregon, statewide, nationally, and
internationally to advocate for both personal and governmental actions that reduce the emissions and
atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases. SOCAN seeks a reduction in the global atmospheric
greenhouse gas concentration to 350 parts per million Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Current
ongoing projects include (but are not limited to) such activities as collaborating statewide to stimulate
a meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reduction policy in Oregon, assisting teachers at all levels to
increase their coverage of climate science with conversations, workshops and in-class presentations,
offering presentations and courses to the public directly via our Master Climate Protector course and
through community service organizations, and collaborating wit regional organizations to promote
incorporation of climate smart principles in forest management. We recognize the contribution that
our natural and working lands can make to addressing the global warming problem.
Agriculture and timber management and harvest consume substantial energy. As a result, total
emissions annually from all agriculture and forestry activities combined amount to some 24% of total
global greenhouse gas emissions. A massive international educational movement is afoot to educate
the public on how to optimize practices on arable and forested working lands to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and then capture and sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide in the plants and soil. If
successful, this could help mitigate the global climate crisis in the short term while other efforts to
reduce fossil fuel emissions are ongoing. Scientists are learning how to optimize carbon
sequestration and who better than Southern Oregon Climate Action Now to lead the local educational
path to see that foresters, farmers, and our representatives are educated on how best to proceed. But
SOCAN needs your financial support to help them do so.
Through the processes of photosynthesis and the activities of soil microorganisms, carbon dioxide
from the atmosphere is captured and stored in trees, crops and soil. In trees atmospheric carbon is
stored as long as the trees and roots remain alive, which can be for centuries. Upon harvest, trees
may be converted into lumber and placed into homes and other structures for long periods of time.
The lumber continues to hold a small percentage of the carbon from the standing trees as long as the
structure lasts. The dead tree roots left in the forest undergo a very slow decomposition and some of
the decomposed molecules in the roots persist in the forest soil for many decades and longer. In
farming situations, components of the crop tissue left in the field can be converted into stable organic
molecules by organisms and microbes within the soil that remain for decades and even longer
periods. Over time, the organic matter accumulates and enriches the soil. Soil rich in organic matter
does not require external sources of fertilizer to support satisfactory crop yields thus saving large
amounts of energy. Some tree species are better adapted to warming, drying conditions than others
and will require less water. Techniques for substantially reducing methane emissions from ruminants
are also being developed. These evolving complex practices necessitate a strong public education
effort if the global community is going to have a chance to reduce the atmospheric greenhouse gas
concentrations back to levels that keep global temperature increase above pre-industrial levels to the
1.5°C (2.7°F) recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.