OLCV's mission is to stand up for Oregon's people and places. We urge state legislators to support pro-environment initiatives that reduce pollution, protect wildlands and wildlife, create healthy and vibrant communities, and address climate change.
Here are some of our goals for the future. For a list of bills that OLCV and the Oregon Conservation Network have supported, check out the OLCV Scorecard.
- Transition away from coal, natural gas, and other carbon-intensive energy sources
- Ensure funding for renewable energy initiatives like solar and wind
- Promote energy efficiency, recycling, and waste reduction to reduce energy usage
- Improve alternative transportation routes, such as bike/walking paths and public transit
- Support the communities most affected by climate change, including low-income communities and communities of color
- Protect threatened and endangered native species, including:
- Gray wolves
- Sea otters
- Sage grouse
- California condors
- Bees & other pollinators
- Increase funding for invasive species control
- Protect urban wildlife habitat
- Maintain public ownership of Common School Fund lands
- Protect old-growth forests
- Promote sustainable logging practices that avoid clear-cuts and toxic chemicals, increase stream buffers, and incorporate carbon sequestration strategies
- Ensure that at least three new Scenic Waterways are designated every two years
- Secure funding for water quality monitoring
- Find a solution to coastal plastic pollution
- Enforce Oregon's offshore gas and drilling moratorium
- Ban seismic, sonar, and explosives testing off Oregon's shores
- Secure funding for ocean acidification research
- Protect Oregon's marine protected areas
- Help strengthen wild, native fish populations and habitat
- Reduce the number of genetically modified fish in our waterways
- Secure funding for boat checks to reduce the spread of invasive species
- Include all communities (particularly marginalized or underserved communities) in land use decisions
- Consider the resiliency of human and non-human/natural communities in all land use decisions
- Improve responses to flooding, storms, landslides, wildfires, and other extreme weather events which will become more common in the wake of climate change
- Create more funding for alternative transportation like biking, walking, buses, and rail
- Find a balance between conservation and working farms and forests
- Clean up brownfields and other toxic urban areas
- Improve drinking water quality by reducing groundwater and surface water pollution
- Reduce air pollution from both industrial sources, such as jet fuel, and residential sources, such as wood-burning stoves
- Reduce pesticide use in cities and agricultural areas
- Reduce exposure to toxins such as radon and lead in homes and workplaces
- Reduce toxins in consumer products
- Reduce pollutants in fisheries to help make fishing a safe food source
- Prevent and warn public of toxic algae blooms
- Create livable communities with parks, green spaces, pedestrian/biking trails, etc.
- All policies should consider the disproportionate impact of pollution on low-income communities and communities of color, as well as the unequal amount of resources these communities have to remedy such issues
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