What's more important than passing on a healthier planet to our kids and their kids? This week there are two pretty easy ways to help do just that.
Neighbors for Clean Air has looked at state data and found that right here in Portland there are 17 cancer-causing toxics that exceed health based standards from 10 up to 800 times.
The group has been working with local communities, state regulators and elected officials to reduce the toxic emissions that impact the health of every Portlander every day.
Tonight, Neighbors for Clean Air is hosting a public meeting to talk about real, practical ways that people at the neighborhood level can identify polluters and get them to reduce the toxics they're putting into our air.
That meeting takes place tonight, at the SE Uplift office, 3534 SE Main, from 6 to 7:30 pm.
Closer to home, the Foster-Powell Community Garden is putting out a call for help this weekend.
The garden is getting a shipment of native plants on Saturday, and they need help building the retaining wall and dirt hill where the new plants will go.
Their "Fill the Hill" work party event happens Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Organizers say they'd LOVE to see some new neighbors come out to help --and as an extra incentive they say that this weekend's volunteers will get to the front of the line when garden beds become available this spring.
The Community Garden is located at the southwest corner of 62nd and Powell. For more info, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org