The U.S. government’s comprehensive report on the effects of climate change details challenges for every part of the country.
In the Pacific Northwest, we feel the effects of climate change now. We've seen historic droughts and wildfire seasons, more frequent storms and floods, and searing heat waves that have resulted in nearly a thousand deaths in Oregon and Washington over the last few years. Climate change has revved up and super-sized disasters across all regions of the U.S., making it even more important for communities and individuals to get prepared and for everyone to do what they can to reduce their impact on the environment.
According to the Fifth National Climate Assessment, in the 1980s, the country saw a billion-dollar disaster every four months on average. Now, there's one billion-dollar disaster every three weeks.
Cedar Hills Ready! co-founders, Karen Ronning-Hall and Bill Hall, met with a group of over 70 members of the Urban Tour Group (UTG) on November 2nd, 2023. UTG volunteers offer FREE walking tours of downtown Portland and also classroom presentations of their walking tours for children in 3rd-5th grades. Given the increasing number of disasters we are experiencing with extreme weather events that result in power outages, fires, flooding, and shortages of food and potable water, it's important for everyone to get ready, especially people who work with children. Check out the full presentation with speaker notes.