Long-time climate activist and Eastlake resident (and personal friend) Patrick Mazza has re-launched Cascadia Planet, a blog that will deal with climate change issues.
In his introductory post he writes:
In December 1994, back in the early days of the World Wide Web, a website named Cascadia Planet went live. It focused on local and regional solutions to global sustainability challenges.
I was editor of the site, coming from a 1980s-90s movement background in Northwest ancient forest preservation and sustainable cities. Then based in Portland, Oregon, I had written a Green City column for years and helped lead a community stakeholder process that generated a Green City vision for the Portland region in 1991.
Many of those people who participated in that stakeholder process went on to make the vision happen. Portland has since become known as a national sustainability leader. In 1993 it became the first city with a climate action plan, since successfully reducing carbon emissions per city resident. The book, How Green Is Your City?, gave Portland the #1 rating. (My current city, Seattle, ranks #3.)
I came to Cascadia Planet with that experience in mind. Places and regions could make solid contributions to global challenges such as climate change. We didn’t have to wait for national governments to act.
Further in the blog he describes his work history and the accomplishments made working with others in the field.
As we witness climate havoc around the world, the need to act seems more urgent.
One way I will do this is with this revived Cascadia Planet site. I will relate my insights on climate change and solutions, and on the vital role of cities and regions in meeting what is clearly an emergent global sustainability crisis….
So welcome back to Cascadia Planet! I hope you will participate and share your insights with me. We can address the most global of challenges in the places where we live, and make a great world for ourselves and our children. The power is within our hands.