Tired of the lack of urgency by governments and other institutions at fending off climate change?

Activists from throughout the Northwest will convene in Portland this weekend for the First Annual Citizen’s Climate Lobby Regional Conference.

Citizens Climate Lobby is a national group that advocates a market-based approach to carbon pollution via a steadily increasing fee on carbon-based fuels, to wean our nation off of fossil fuels. The group’s proposal would be revenue-neutral, with proceeds from the fee returned to households.

The regional conference takes place at Holladay Park Plaza, 1300 N.E. 16th Ave., on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Kari Norgaard, a sociology and environmental studies professor at the University of Oregon, who will discuss “Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life.”

Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will discuss the local impacts of climate change in the Northwest.

Mark Reynolds, the national group’s executive director based in Coronado, Calif., will conduct training sessions on successful lobbying, communication with members of Congress and the media. There also will be presentations on the impacts of climate change and what the group is calling its “carbon fee and dividend solution.”

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