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Upcoming Climate Week Events

This week is Climate Week, and there are plenty of events happening in the Portland metropolitan area in coming days to mark the occasion.
To kick things off, at 7:00pm this evening (Monday) is the Port of Vancouver Public Hearing at the Port of Vancouver administrative building, 3103 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver WA 98660. At this commission workshop, commissioners will review and discuss a proposed lease between the port and the Tesoro-Savage joint venture. Attendees can voice opposition to the Tesero-Savage proposal to build the largest crude oil terminal on the West Coast.

Events at the port admin building Monday evening will be preceded by a 6:00 pm vigil for victims of the Quebec oil train explosion that occurred earlier this month, estimated to have killed as many as 50 people.

On Tuesday 7/23, community members have the opportunity to further educate themselves on environmental issues at the Fossil Fuel Export Forum from 6:30-8:30pm, at the Leaven Community Center at 5431 NE 20th Ave. (X Killingsworth) in Portland. Learn about how it's not just about coal in the Northwest anymore -- there are FIFTEEN proposed export projects gearing up to ship oil, gas, and, of course, coal through the region.

KBOO Community Radio 90.7 will be featuring Climate Updates on Wednesday 7/24, from 11:00am-noon during the program Recovery Zone. The program will inform listeners about various issues pertaining to the environment, including: planned NW fossil fuel terminals; Summer Heat NW, a.k.a. the wave of mass mobilization efforts currently underway to take on the fossil fuel industry on all fronts; the No KXL Pledge of Resistance, which any and all can sign in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry 800,000 barrels of tar sands bitumen across the U.S. each day from Canada to the Gulf Coast; and the campaign to divest Portland of holdings in the fossil fuel industry, driven by 350PDX, Portland's local chapter of the international network of climate change activists 350.org.

On Thursday 7/25 at 5:30pm will be the Funeral March to Bury Big Oil, until Big Oil and Keystone are laid to rest at 7:30pm. The march begins at the intersection of NE 30th Ave & NE Alberta, Portland 97211. Portland's LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band will lead the parade, and anti-Keystone XL signs as well as endangered species puppets will be making appearances. Fittingly, American burying beetles -- which are threatened by the KXL pipeline -- will serve as pallbearers for the coffin containing the remains of Big Oil. RSVPs are requested, which can be completed here: Funeral March RSVP.

Friday. . . take a breath and gear up for Summer Heat NW tomorrow. (If *must have* environmental activism each day this week, consider *not* smoking that cigarette as you go out tonight.)

Saturday 7/27 is Summer Heat NW- Columbia River Climate Action. As Big Coal, Oil, and Gas aim to transform the NW coastline from Oregon up to Alaska into a vast fossil fuel corridor with over 15 proposed terminals, folks will come together on this day for some family-friendly action, and to demonstrate just what it would look like if fossil fuel corporations imperil the climate by moving fossil fuels down the Columbia. Participants can join in with a kayak or sailboat, though some are needed on the land as well. Get more info and sign up here: Portland Rising Tide Action Page.