Oregon health officials will hold a press conference Tuesday morning to discuss their findings, joined by several Oregon youth who will share their own experiences.
Speakers will include lead author Julie Early Sifuentes with OHA’s Climate and Health Program and Dr. Meg Cary, child and adolescent psychiatrist and senior health advisor at OHA, who served as an adviser to the study.
The press conference comes as Oregon has seen an increasing number of youth and student walkouts, protests and ongoing movements to demand action on climate change.
In one recent example, thousands of students from across Portland walked out of class on May 20 to stage a rally for climate justice outside Portland City Hall. The protest singled out the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Portland Business Alliance, NW Natural and Zenith Energy as local “climate villains.”
The local branch youth climate action group Sunrise Movement have staged ongoing protests and demonstrations to call for more urgency in cutting carbon emissions, including calling for a moratorium on freeway expansion and targeting ODOT’s planned I-5 Rose Quarter Project.