University of Oregon
Our chapter meetings are every Tuesday at 7pm in Chapman 307.
Chapter Chair: Hannah Picknell, firstname.lastname@example.org
OSPIRG is a statewide student-directed and student-funded non-profit that works on issues that effect all Oregonians. OSPIRG has been on the campus of the University of Oregon since 1971 when students worked together to bring about a new way of addressing important political issues. The organization was influenced by the idea that there are more probems than we should tolerate and more solutions than we implement.
OSPIRG is effective because we teach students the skills they need to get their voices heard on campus and in Salem and Washington D.C. Join us to gain skills and learn more about organizing models, lobbying, and media relations.
Winter 2015 Campaigns
Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms
Doctors warn that the overuse of antibiotics is making them less effective. 2 million people got antibiotic-resistant infections last year, and 23,000 died. A major cause of this problem is that most antibiotics are being given daily to livestock that aren't even sick. So locally, statewide, and nationally OSPIRG is calling on McDonald’s, the purchaser of 3% of all US beef, to help stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms by committing to only buy antibiotic-free meat. Here on campus we will be working with our coalition of local doctors and members of the medical community, outreaching to the media, and rallying students to get involved by doing things like writing letters to the editor, taking photo petitions, or throwing fun educational events on campus like movie-screenings or panels.
Go Solar Oregon
Everyone knows global warming is a huge problem- but we can’t wait to take action any longer. We are already seeing the effects of climate change- from the wildfires south of here, to Oregon’s drought this summer, to super-storm Sandy on the east coast. Luckily we have solutions- like renewable energy! Oregon has to implement a climate action plan, so since we have the opportunity we want to make sure it’s strong. So we are working to convince the governor to commit to a goal of 10% solar by 2025.
Hunger and Homelessness
Oregon has the highest rate of child hunger. We think that we can make a direct impact on this issue by partnering with local food banks to make sure our neighbors have access to good and healthy food. So, we’ll be working with groups like Food for Lane County to raise money and run food drives so that we can feed our neighbors.
The U.S. generates about 1/3 of the world’s trash. Through our Zero Waste program, we’ll work both on campus and in the community to better our recycling and compost programs. If we want to protect our environment, we have to reduce the amount of waste that we produce, so we’ll also find ways to avoid disposables and unneeded packaging altogether.
The best way to get involved with one of our campaigns is by becoming an OSPIRG intern! You can apply here.
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