Are you looking for a chance to make a difference in your community? A way to have a real impact on climate issues that directly affect you, your business, your friends and neighbors and future generations? Then join our Safe Tracks Campaign Committee that is working to persuade our local government to pass an ordinance requiring trains carrying crude oil that pass through our town to carry enough insurance to cover the costs of a worst-case crash or spill.
The number of trains carrying highly flammable petroleum products by rail through Oregon is increasing, and a recent executive order from the White House opens the door for liquified natural gas (LNG) to be transported by rail as well. In our city, the tracks run through busy and highly developed areas. If a train carrying crude oil derails or catches fire, they can cause huge amounts of damage to anything within 1 mile of the tracks. In Bend, this 1-mile radius includes many schools, parks, all of Downtown, and large sections of the Deschutes River. In the case of a potential spill or derailment, disaster response and cleanup efforts could easily total in the millions or even billions of dollars.
We are trying to get the city council of Bend to pass an ordinance requiring that any corporation transporting oil or LNG by rail through our community carry insurance equal to the cost of a worst-case spill or fire, and to carry a surety bond obligating them to pay the cost of response and cleanup, and disclose the dangerous cargo to first responders with at least 24 hours notice.
The committee will meet approximately once per month for about an hour. Tasks for individuals to accomplish to further the cause will be designated during meetings.
This opportunity offers the chance for committee members to learn or hone skills such as communication with government officials, research, graphic design, giving virtual, public presentations, and more! We hope you'll join us and help our community work towards a more sustainable future!
To engage in Climate Advocacy, Climate Education and foster the development of climate policy that serves the needs of all people, including a JUST TRANSITION for affected workers as we transition to a clean low carbon economy, with special consideration for the needs of the most vulnerable communities.
350Deschutes is part of the 350.org network, a global climate advocacy organization. We work on a local and statewide level in Oregon to build awareness of the need for climate action at all levels, individual, corporate, government, and organization.
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.