Sustainable Rogue Valley is an Ally of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now
is a grassroots, volunteer, non-profit organization of area residents who care about climate change and have joined forces to take bold action against it. Through volunteer projects, we focus on reducing the impacts of Global Warming across Southern Oregon.
Recognizing the urgent need for bold action, SOCAN’s mission is to promote awareness and understanding about the causes and consequences of climate change, to develop solutions, and to motivate concerned citizens to take individual and collective action.
We seek a reduction in the global atmospheric greenhouse gas concentration to 350 parts per million (Carbon dioxide equivalent: CO2e). To achieve this, we collaborate with individuals and organizations throughout the world and encourage both personal and governmental actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We are Southern Oregonians inspired by the vision of “bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet” . . . and we invite you to join us.
What We Do
A volunteer Core Team calls our community together, sponsoring educational and inspirational events, and making the tools of the Pachamama Alliance Up to Us engagement pathway–including the Awakening the Dreamer Changing the Dream Symposium and the Game Changer Intensive–available for individuals and organizations throughout our region.
The Transition Movement is comprised of vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. Transition Initiatives differentiate themselves from other sustainability and “environmental” groups by seeking to mitigate these converging global crises by engaging their communities in home-grown, citizen-led education, action, and multi-stakeholder planning to increase local self reliance and resilience. They succeed by regeneratively using their local assets, innovating, networking, collaborating, replicating proven strategies, and respecting the deep patterns of nature and diverse cultures in their place. Transition Initiatives work with deliberation and good cheer to create a fulfilling and inspiring local way of life that can withstand the shocks of rapidly shifting global systems.
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The people inhabiting Blue Zones share common lifestyle characteristics that contribute to their longevity. The Venn diagram at the right highlights the following six shared characteristics among the people of Okinawa, Sardinia, and Loma Linda Blue Zones:
- Family – put ahead of other concerns
- Less smoking
- Semi-vegetarianism – the majority of food consumed is derived from plants
- Constant moderate physical activity – an inseparable part of life
- Social engagement – people of all ages are socially active and integrated into their communities
- Legumes – commonly consumed
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Meal Train creates and strengthens physical communities, enabling giving by reducing the information gap between those in need and those with the capacity to help.
what we do
mealtrain.com simplifies the organization of meal giving around significant life events. We strive to simplify and promote interpersonal relationships between friends, families, and neighbors through meals.
A Meal Train is rooted in the idea that a meal is a symbolic gesture of one person’s willingness to help another. The meal is a vehicle that allows the giving party the opportunity to show they care, that they hope to reduce a burden, and they will be there for the receiving party in the future. This outreach is a true interpersonal connection and is one that helps foster inter-dependence, dialogue, and compassion.
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Rain gardens are a small sustainable way we can actually DO something to balance out the water we use.
If you have a well,rain gardens and swales are a directly important tool for making sure the groundwater that feeds your well is regularly recharged with the rain that falls on your land. It’s simple, natural and sustainable.
Building a rain garden is a way to help insure that we all have an ongoing supply of clean fresh water for all the ways we use it on into the future. You can feel good that you are doing something to mitigate the problem – not add to it!
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Southern Oregon Success is a key partner with ACE Interface in the Self-Healing Community Initiative, an outreach and training effort to help Jackson and Josephine Counties develop a common understanding, vocabulary and approach to challenges across all sectors.
Breakthroughs from the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study on how brain development occurs and the impacts of trauma on health and social skills have led to innovative and highly effective “trauma-informed” approaches in education, human services, public safety and workforce development.
We’re committed to making Southern Oregon a “trauma-informed” region.
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