Gorge Climate Change Network charts a year’s progress

Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN) held its third annual holiday party and potluck on Dec. 15 at Riverside Church, attended by about 50 people. The Pioneer Room at the church was decorated by Cyndi Strid with evergreen garlands and candles at each table and a 25-foot Christmas tree.

Tim Mayer provided music and the group sang songs. According to event organizer and emcee Reverend John Boonstra, “This yearly gathering is a great way to bring people together to celebrate the season and our progress on climate action, especially given the historic Paris climate agreement.”

Following the meal, the crowd heard from various leaders, including Hood River Mayor Paul Blackburn, GO! Local Board President Becky Brun, Columbia Riverkeeper’s Brett VandenHeuvel, Peter Cornelison with Friends of the Columbia Gorge and leaders from the Local Water Alliance and Renew Oregon. The keynote speaker for the night was Dan Orzech of the Oregon Clean Power Cooperative from Corvallis, who described how community-owned solar arrays are now possible, with several under discussion for Hood River. Orzech drew the most interest in his description of the coming energy revolution where every solar home will contribute to the grid and make possible a new “home internet” of interconnected appliances. CGCAN meets monthly at Riverside Church in Hood River at 6 p.m. for a potluck and meeting from 6:30 until 8 p.m.

All are welcome. CGCAN’s mission is to educate, organize and motivate Columbia Gorge activists to reduce and eliminate fossil fuel usage and climate change, at all levels from individual to global.

CGCAN encourages clean local renewable energy, conservation, community sustainability and resilience.

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