July 23, 2015

Some students graduating this week from the Department of Community Justice’s Londer Learning Center GED class have a new perspective on the environment. They have spent the last several weeks learning about climate change and its local impacts.

Launder Learning Students learn about climate change
Students display their knowledge of climate change

Multnomah County and the City of Portland recently adopted the updated Climate Action Plan. The plan calls on Multnomah County to reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change, a concept that the Office of Sustainability calls climate resilience.

In an effort to provide information to the community, the Office of Sustainability and Health Department have teamed up to develop workshops that help explain climate change and what steps people can take to protect themselves from climate impacts; like hotter, drier summers.

picture of students and instructors visiting the CROPS farm, and relaxing a bit in the shade. Farmer Jerry Hunter also posses in the picture.
Students, instructors, and Farmer Jerry pose in the shade at CROPS farm

To pilot the workshops, the Office of Sustainability and Londer Learning Center teamed up to bring the GED program nine weeks of curriculum focused on climate change. The curriculum kicked off with the Office of Sustainability’s “Healthy Climate Healthy People” workshop which focused on expected local impacts on Multnomah County and potential health implications.

Since that kick off, Londer Learning Center classes have focused on the science of climate change and its impact in our region. The curriculum culminated with students taking field trips around Multnomah County to New Seasons Market, the CROPS Farm andRecology to check out local sustainable practices.

After the field trips Londer students created displays to share their knowledge of climate change. They will be exhibiting these displays on Thursday, July 23 at 2 p.m. in the board room of the Multnomah Building just before their annual graduation ceremony.

“If we don’t get climate change under control, it will affect our next generation,”  says Londer Learning Center student Kisiah R. “We need to make sure we stay eco-friendly by shopping locally, recycling, and carpooling. We also need to teach our next generation to stay eco-friendly by leading by example.”