Climate change also impacts our rivers and streams. Make a video about how our changing climate is changing rivers and affecting the wildlife in and around them.
Here are some ideas and resources to help you choose a theme for your video:
- Our changing climate impacts rivers in many ways. Make a video about an impact that’s particularly important to you.
- The Pacific Northwest’s salmon population is threatened by warming rivers and oceans because they need cold water to survive. Make a video about the impact of climate change on our native fish.
- Climate change is affecting the Columbia River, which forms much of the border between Oregon and Washington. Make a video about the Columbia or another river in your local community.
- Learn about specific ways climate is changing Oregon and Washington and make a video about it. Remember to relate what you learned to clean water and include a call to action.
- Warmer temperatures threaten water quality in our rivers and streams by supporting growth of harmful algae. Learn about algal blooms, these algae are responsible for closing Vancouver Lake and parts of the Willamette River for recreation each year.
- Climate change is making the urban heat island effect worse, and one of the impacts of urban heat is increased water pollution. Make a video about heat-influenced water pollution and actions people can take to reduce it. Learn about Portland’s Green/Ecoroofs and visit ecoroofs to make a video about their benefits.
What actions can I and my family take to help stop climate change?
- Do an energy check-up at home to improve heating and cooling efficiency.
- Investigate signing up for renewable power with PGE, Pacific Power, and check out the Energy Trust for home incentives that can include solar panels on your roof. If you live in an apartment, talk to the owner about Energy Trust incentives.
- Check out EPA’s program to help reduce food waste with planning and food storage tips.
- Use alternative transportation like biking, skateboarding, scooters, and busses.
- Grow some of your own food in five gallon buckets. Find growing tips for apartments and houses.