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February Newsletter

Dear Friends,

With the arrival of this 2024 election year, the importance of actively supporting Third Act’s dual missions couldn’t be more clear. Our endangered democracy and climate are so closely intertwined that our election outcomes in November will be profound. To motivate us in this work, and offer reasons to be hopeful, we invite you to join us for Third Act Oregon’s Official (virtual) Launch this Thursday at 4pm, featuring two climate and democracy champions, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkely and Third Act Founder, Bill McKibben.

Third Act Oregon – Virtual Launch Event

Learn how you can be a part of our Third Act Oregon community and join in the work we are doing together to create a more just and livable planet for future generations.

February 22, 2024 | 4:00–5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

REGISTER NOW: https://thirdact.org/event/or-launch

In the news

  • An Encouraging Update from Third Act Oregon’s Partner, Divest Oregon:

The Coal Act passes the Oregon House, moves to the Senate

In January, a number of Oregon Third Actors attended Lobby Day sponsored by Divest Oregon in support of the COAL Act. These continued efforts by Divest Oregon are beginning to pay off! Just yesterday, February 19th, the COAL ACT passed the Oregon House and is now moving to the Senate!

Learn more about Divest Oregon’s COAL Act on this information page.

  • Our banks are hiding a dirty little secret: they’re in bed with the fossil fuel industry. Over the past two years, the Big 4 Wall Street banks – Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo – have loaned $349 billion to fossil fuel companies, fueling the climate crisis. Take a look at this clever video featuring Game of Thrones stars and real-life couple Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie bringing this dirty little secret to light.

https://thirdact.org/blog/valentinesday/

Third Act Oregon Technology Support

Have you ever had difficulty accessing a virtual Zoom meeting? Or perhaps you’d like to know how to save a Zoom meeting chat? Are you interested in learning how to create and edit a Google document? Or perhaps you would like to learn more about where to find those Google documents that were shared with you?

We have Oregon Third Actors willing to help!

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 21, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

TAO Uplift Democracy & Voting Campaign Meeting (Virtual Zoom Event) No registration required.

Come join us as we plan for election year efforts here in Oregon and discuss ways we can all take action to impact election outcomes around the country.

Thursday, February 22, 9:00 – 10:00a.m.

ElectrifyNow Free Webinar: Solar Net Metering – Under Threat. Registration required.

For those interested in expanding solar in Oregon, you won’t want to miss this important discussion about the proposed changes to net metering rules (how customers are credited for the electricity they add to the grid). Join us for an important and timely discussion as we explore the issue of net metering, the proposed changes to these rules, and the potential impacts on existing and future rooftop solar systems. Register here to attend this free webinar.

Thursday, February 22, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

Third Act Oregon Working Group Launch event featuring Senator Jeff Merkley and Bill McKibben. (Virtual event, registration required)

Wednesday, March 13, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Third Act Oregon’s INTO ACTION! Gathering. Free virtual event. Registration required.

Join us for an interactive gathering to learn more about the work we’re doing at Third Act Oregon, get your questions answered, and discover where you’d like to start taking action in our movement to protect our democracy and our planet. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from several fellow Oregon Third Actors about how they are involved and actions they’ve taken so far. Register here to join us for this engaging gathering.

Sunday, March 17th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Original Art Postcarding in Portland with Jill Littlewood. No registration required.

Come join us for this monthly postcard writing party. We had 20 attendees at our kickoff party last week! Mark your calendars for March 17th at 2:00 p.m. and look for an email invite approximately one week before our gathering.

Wednesday, March 27, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Save the Date: Go Electric! How to transition to healthier and lower-cost electric living webinar

We invite you to hear Brian Stewart of Electrify Now explain why new high efficiency electric solutions can make our homes healthier, more comfortable and lower our energy bills.  Additional information and a link to the event will be available in TAO’s March Newsletter.

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