Lanita Witt and Suzanne Wilow are interviewed by Steve Dieffenbacher as Shannon Cornish, second from left, and assistant Teddie Hight, far left, film it for the 'Voices of the Valley' documentary. [Photo by Liz Olson, SOCAN]

'Voices of the Valley' premieres Nov. 28

A dozen Rogue Valley citizens voice their concerns about how climate change is affecting their lives in a documentary created by Southern Oregon Climate Action Now.

The film will premiere at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the community room of the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Another showing is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd.

The issues raised in the film, called "Voices of the Valley: Stories of How Climate Change Is Affecting Our Lives," range from concerns about the damage to forest resources and air quality from wildfires to impacts on health, safety and the local economy from severe storms. It also addresses steps each person can take at home and in the community to reduce the rate of climate change.

Those interviewed in the documentary, almost a year in the making, include:

  • Talent nursery owner Dan Bish

  • Farmworkers Maricela Ruelas and Juan Escareno

  • Ashland activist and mother Sarah Spansail

  • Alison Carey and Claudia Alick of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  • Suzanne Willow and Lanita Witt, owners of a ranch in the Cascade foothills

  • Dr. James Shames, medical director for Jackson County Health and Human Services

  • University student activist Nicoletta Dinelli of Talent

  • Amelia O’Skea, a student at Ashland Middle School, and her teacher Jen Craugh

  • Dan Wahpepah, a Native American leader living in rural Jackson County

A “Voices of the Valley” exhibit featuring local citizens’ comments on climate change with accompanying portrait pictures is now showing at the Ashland library after a stint in Medford. The exhibit will be up until Saturday, Dec. 9.

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